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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

WPSL Playoffs: Charge down Fury, 1-0, in opening round
by All White Kit
posted July 14, 2013 at 9:20am

  Team captain Laura Kane - shown in this photo from preseason practice - would score the only goal for the Charge, but that's all they would need (photo courtesy of Ken Harriford) So what is it with my teams and not scoring? This week I’v...more

Washington Spirit doubleheader: 180 minutes of frustration
by All White Kit
posted July 13, 2013 at 10:35am

  Ashley Herndon would score the Spirit Reserves' one goal of the game I went to the Soccerplex Wednesday evening hoping for some sort of success. The W-League Washington Spirit Reserves were taking on the Fredericksburg Impact, a must-win game f...more

WPSL: ACF Torino USA bows out
by All White Kit
posted July 10, 2013 at 9:13am

  It seems somehow appropriate that ACF Torino USA’s disappointing season should end in a 0-0 draw with the Lancaster Inferno. Not that that was particularly representative of either team: Torino head coach David Jones focused on a lineup tha...more

WPSL: Torino out, Chesapeake on top
by All White Kit
posted July 9, 2013 at 8:22am

  A season that began with hopes of the WPSL Final Four ended with disappointment as ACF Torino USA lost on the road to division rivals the Lancaster Inferno, 2-1, and were eliminated from playoff contention as a result. The two teams were vying f...more

W-League Update: The difference a week makes
by All White Kit
posted July 9, 2013 at 8:13am

  Less than a week ago – as of my previous update – there were 18 teams vying for 9 playoff spots, and pretty much nothing had been decided. But we’ve very quickly gotten down to 8 teams vying for 4 playoff spots. And there’...more

W-League: Spirit Reserves win 2-1, clinch playoff spot with help
by All White Kit
posted July 8, 2013 at 9:40pm

  Team captain Hayley Siegel has led the Spirit Reserves to a playoff spot despite a change in coaches It was a searingly hot day after a long bus ride. They’d brought only two subs. Their coach for the season so far had been promoted, and ...more

WPSL: Charge clinch division, home playoff match with win
by All White Kit
posted July 6, 2013 at 8:11am

  Charge players were at least this happy after clinching a playoff spot The ASA Chesapeake Charge continue to earn honors. Last week they clinched a playoff spot. Then they flew out to Kansas City to participate in the USASA’s Women’...more

W-League Overview: The times they are a-changin’
by All White Kit
posted July 3, 2013 at 9:34pm

  Once upon a time in the W-League there were a few big mean teams that would beat up on all the little teams over and over again. The 2007 Washington Freedom lost just one match on their way to the championship, sometimes scoring six or seven goa...more

WPSL/USASA: Charge clinch playoff spot, win National Women’s Championship
by All White Kit
posted July 1, 2013 at 9:11am

  The Chesapeake Charge, Arundel Soccer Association’s elite women’s team, couldn’t have done much better this week. On Wednesday night, a 5-0 win over the Tidewater Sharks gave them a 6-0-2 record on the season, good enough to ...more

WPSL: Torino back on winning track, eyeing the playoffs
by All White Kit
posted June 30, 2013 at 9:57pm

  Veteran Ali Andrzejewski - here in a vintage photo showing her warming up for the 2007 Washington Freedom (note Lori Lindsey in lower-right-hand corner) - scored the game-winner for ACF Torino USA With the ASA Chesapeake Charge clinching one of...more

USASA Cup: Houston Aces Defeat Kansas City Shock for the Title
by anngaff
posted June 27, 2013 at 7:43pm

Photo by Daniel Russell http://danielrussell.zenfolio.com/ Thursday, June 27 - In the third and final match of the USASA National Women's Open Cup, the Houston Aces defeated the Kansas City Shock 3-0 in 65 minutes of play, solidifying the Ace...more

USASA Open Cup: Kansas City Shock fall to Kansas City Dynamos 3-1
by anngaff
posted June 27, 2013 at 10:00am

Photo by Daniel Russell http://danielrussell.zenfolio.com/  Wednesday, June 26 - In game two of the USASA National Women's Open Cup, the Kansas City Shock went down to the Kansas City Dynamos 3-1.  Two early goals from the Dynamos ...more

USASA Cup: Kansas City Shock and Des Moines Menace Go Toe-to-Toe
by anngaff
posted June 26, 2013 at 10:33am

Photo by Daniel Russell http://danielrussell.zenfolio.com/ Tuesday, June 25 - In the first match of the three-day USASA National Women's Open Cup, the Shock took on the Des Moines Menace, tying 1-1. The match featured consistently even play with ...more

WPSL: Charge down Torino, 1-0, to win the battle for Maryland
by All White Kit
posted June 24, 2013 at 1:26pm

  The second round of “WPSL’s Clash of the Titans” did not live up to the billing. Though the ASA Chesapeake Charge only won, 1-0, they controlled possession throughout, and according to my notes ACF Torino USA only got a single ...more

Washington Spirit Reserves win 2-0 to take control in W-League
by All White Kit
posted June 22, 2013 at 10:11am

  Katie Yensen would assist on the Spirit Reserves' first goal, which for a long while seemed as if it would be the only one At 7 pm this evening just two of the twenty-five teams in the W-League still had but one blemish on their record. By 9 pm...more

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