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WPSL: ASA Charge fall in tough match with CFC Passion
by All White Kit
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:48pm

Central defender Jennifer Gillette had a terrific performance in her final game, but it wasn’t enough. (file photo courtesy of Ken L. Harriford) The ASA Chesapeake Charge, top seeds in the WPSL’s Northeast Conference, were unable to muster ...more

W-League: Spirit Reserves claim Northeastern Conference Championship
by All White Kit
posted July 20, 2014 at 9:21am

Ashley Herndon would tally a goal and three assists in the conference championship. (Photo by Larry J. Clark) A Braddock Road Stars Elite team missing four of its best players was no match for a Washington Spirit Reserves team nearly at full strength a...more

DC-Area AmWoSo: Three Teams in the Playoffs; Youth Championships Coming to Town
by All White Kit
posted July 15, 2014 at 1:34pm

Ashley Herndon in her fourth year with the Spirit Reserves helped them to their first undefeated season. (Photo by Larry J. Clark) You couldn’t ask for much more from the local teams this year: with three playoff spots available in the WPSL and ...more

W-League: Braddock Road stays in playoff hunt with late comeback win
by All White Kit
posted July 7, 2014 at 2:01pm

While some of you were sitting at home Saturday afternoon watching no one score for 120 minutes, a few of us were out watching a barn-burner of a W-League match in a glorious weather. Two lead changes, multiple momentum shifts, and, finally, a critical 4-...more

WPSL: Charge stay hot and undefeated – plus other midweek updates
by All White Kit
posted July 5, 2014 at 9:21am

Katie Watson sends a ball in while Sarah Bonney looks on. (photo by Ken L. Harriford) What was hotter, the ASA Chesapeake Charge or the weather? It was well into the nineties and humid, but the Charge demolished the middle-of-the-pack LVU Lady Sonic, 8...more

Washington AmWoSo Weekend June 21-22
by All White Kit
posted June 24, 2014 at 4:48pm

The Washington Spirit Reserves were recognized at halftime of the NWSL match for winning the US Women’s Amateur Championship. Even though the DC-area amateur teams went undefeated over the weekend, there were still highs and lows. The high was th...more

Washington WoSo Wednesday: A Battle and a Romp
by All White Kit
posted June 21, 2014 at 10:36am

Rival goalscorers Marisa Park and Meghan Cox face off. There were two local soccer matches this past Wednesday between area teams, one a hard-fought battle and the other a lopsided romp that seems to have led to a team being removed from their league. ...more

June 11-15 roundup for DC-area amateur teams
by All White Kit
posted June 18, 2014 at 8:43pm

The Charge’s Marisa Kresge scores one of her two goals on the evening. (The live ball is at the right-hand edge of the image.) (Ken L. Harriford) This week was somewhat kinder to local teams than last: the ASA Chesapeake Charge winning twice, ACF...more

Mixed weekend for DC-area amateur teams
by All White Kit
posted June 10, 2014 at 9:17pm

Morgan Reuther scored a hat trick in the opening 40 minutes to ensure the only local win of the weekend. (Larry J. Clark) Three of the four top local women’s amateur teams played this weekend, with two losses and one win. I attended two of the ga...more

WPSL: Charge remain undefeated with 4-0 win over FC Bucks
by All White Kit
posted June 5, 2014 at 9:19pm

Katie Watson came in and scored a goal for the first time after not playing for three years. (Ken L. Harriford) The ASA Chesapeake Charge cruised to their third straight win in WPSL play, winning 4-0 over eastern Pennsylvania’s FC Bucks off two g...more

WPSL: Charge down Torino in battle of division rivals
by All White Kit
posted June 2, 2014 at 9:21pm

The Charge have allowed just two goals in four matches so far, and defender Jen Gillette is one big reason. (Ken L. Harriford) The WPSL South Atlantic Division season is very nearly bracketed by matches comprising the home-and-home series between the t...more

WPSL: DC-area team preview
by All White Kit
posted May 30, 2014 at 6:30pm

Team: ACF Torino USA Website: http://www.acftorinous.com/ Home venues: Thomas Wooton High School, Rockville, MD; Riverdale Baptism Sportsplex, Upper Marlboro, MD History: Third season. Made playoffs first season but lost in first round. Finished third i...more

Washington Spirit Reserves Win Inaugural US Women’s Amateur Championship
by All White Kit
posted May 26, 2014 at 10:07am

The Washington Spirit Reserves with the Michelle Akers Trophy. In the conclusion to an exciting weekend of soccer, the USL W-League Washington Spirit Reserves downed the WPSL Houston Aces, 2-0, to claim the first Michelle Akers trophy as the top women&...more

W-League: Spirit Reserves open with 4-1 win over Braddock Road
by All White Kit
posted May 19, 2014 at 9:39pm

Ashley Cuba is very happy to have scored twice for the Washington Spirit Reserves. Two months ago – recovering from an ACL tear – Ashley Cuba couldn’t play soccer at all. One week ago she wasn’t sure she was going to make the te...more

DC-area teams preview: W-League
by All White Kit
posted May 18, 2014 at 10:14am

Amber Stobbs will return to the Spirit Reserves for 2014. Some things change, and some stay the same. As usual, the most promising local team is the one affiliated with the professional team. On the other hand, two of their regional adversaries have di...more

Is It Worth It: Her Choice
by SportyEsquire
posted December 12, 2013 at 9:02pm

Last week, I published the first of part of this two-part series on the utility of women’s sports programs in college.  In part I, I reached the conclusion that, for the institutions, the value in women’s sports, in the form of institut...more

Kansas City Shock Head Coach Wendy Louque Finalist Among NSCAA Board of Directors
by anngaff
posted September 20, 2013 at 10:52am

Kansas City, Kan. - Kansas City Shock Head Coach Wendy Louque is making moves during the off-season, off the field and in the office. The NSCAA announced its final candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors election process today. Coach Louque is one of t...more

Four Kansas City Shock Athletes Given WPSL Honors
by anngaff
posted August 6, 2013 at 4:53pm

Tuesday, August 6 – As announced by the WPSL front office last week, four players from the Kansas City Shock have been recognized for their performance this season with conference and All-WPSL honors. Defender/captain Aliesha Cassie (left) and forw...more

W-League: Spirit Reserves finish third in Final Four
by All White Kit
posted August 2, 2013 at 6:58pm

  For the second year in a row, Washington’s W-League team went to the Final Four, losing the first match and winning the second. This year the Spirit Reserves faced the always-formidable Pali Blues in the first round. The Reserves, like mo...more

WPSL: The sun sets on the 2013 Charge
by All White Kit
posted July 27, 2013 at 9:37am

  The season's over, and still enough players show up for a full roster and subs It’s hard to believe that on this field this team endured one of the most gut-wrenching defeats imaginable, giving up a goal in the final seconds of stoppage ...more

W-League: Two MD teams each one win away from their Final Four
by All White Kit
posted July 19, 2013 at 8:28am

  W-League leading scorer Shan Jones of the Piranhas (left) battles Spirit Reserves defender Jennifer Skogerboe (right) As we head into the postseason for the elite amateur women’s leagues, two Maryland teams – the Washington Spirit R...more

W-League and WPSL playoff pictures
by All White Kit
posted July 16, 2013 at 9:15am

  The craziness in the W-League hasn’t stopped. In the Central Conference, the defending champion Ottawa Fury suffered their third loss of the season to the Laval Comets, who clinched the conference title with the win. Ottawa had to down the T...more

WPSL Playoffs: Charge into East Conference final with decisive 3-1 win
by All White Kit
posted July 15, 2013 at 9:07am

  The Charge took one step closer toward their second trophy of 2013 with a win over Tri-State Division champions New York Athletic Club This was the match I was the most concerned about on the “road to California.” On one day’s...more

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