2004 W-League

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The 2004 W-League Season was the league's 10th. The Vancouver Whitecaps Women won the W-League title, defeating the New Jersey Wildcats 4-2 in Ottawa.

Changes from 2003 season[edit]

Name Changes[edit]

One team changed their name in the off-season:

Team Name Metro Area Previous Name
North Carolina Carolina Dynamo Greensboro area Greensboro Twisters

Expansion Teams[edit]

Fourteen teams were added for the season:

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Florida Bradenton Athletics Sun Coast area Bradenton, FL expansion
Alberta Calgary Wildfire Calgary area Calgary, AB expansion
Ohio Cleveland Internationals Women Cleveland area Cleveland, CA expansion
Michigan Detroit Jaguars Detroit area Livonia, ON expansion
Alberta Edmonton Aviators Women Edmonton area Edmonton, AB expansion
Indiana Fort Wayne Fever Fort Wayne area Fort Wayne, IN expansion
Ontario London Gryphons London area London, ON expansion
Quebec Montreal Xtreme Montreal area Montreal, QC expansion
Rhode Island Rhode Island Stingrays Providence area Providence, RI WPSL
Virginia Richmond Kickers Destiny Richmond area Richmond, VA expansion
Missouri St. Louis Archers St. Louis area St. Louis, MO expansion
Ontario Sudbury Canadians Sudbury area Sudbury, ON expansion
Massachusetts Western Mass Lady Pioneers Springfield area Ludlow, MA expansion
Michigan West Michigan Firewomen Grand Rapids area Grand Rapids, MI expansion

Teams Leaving[edit]

Two teams folded after the 2004 season:

Standings[edit]

Orange indicates bye into W-League semifinals as host.
Blue indicates division title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Central Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Hampton Roads Piranhas 14 12 1 1 30 8 +22 37
2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 14 11 2 1 45 16 +29 34
3 Asheville Splash 14 7 4 3 32 13 +19 24
4 Richmond Kickers Destiny 14 5 7 2 32 29 +3 17
5 Carolina Dynamo Women 14 5 8 1 24 35 -11 16
6 Northern Virginia Majestics 14 2 11 1 17 44 -27 7
7 Bradenton Athletics 14 2 11 1 18 53 -35 7

Midwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Chicago Cobras 13 12 0 1 42 12 +30 37
2 Fort Wayne Fever 13 10 2 1 48 16 +32 31
3 Detroit Jaguars 13 8 5 0 33 18 +15 24
4 Cleveland Internationals Women 13 7 6 0 27 16 +11 21
5 Cincinnati Ladyhawks 13 4 9 0 14 28 -14 12
6 Windy City Bluez 13 4 9 0 21 39 -18 12
7 West Michigan Firewomen 13 1 12 0 6 36 -30 3
8 London Gryphons* 3 1 2 0 4 16 -12 3
9 St. Louis Archers* 2 0 2 0 18 45 -27 0

*St. Louis folded after two games, and London played three games as an associate member.

Eastern Conference[edit]

New England Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Boston Renegades 14 10 4 0 56 28 +28 30
2 Western Mass Lady Pioneers 14 7 7 0 30 23 +7 21
3 New Hampshire Lady Phantoms 14 3 11 0 13 40 -27 9
4 Rhode Island Stingrays 14 2 12 0 10 68 -58 6
North Central Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Ottawa Fury Women 14 13 1 0 68 7 +61 39
2 Montreal Xtreme 14 11 3 0 57 19 +38 33
3 Rochester Ravens 14 8 6 0 33 26 +7 24
4 Toronto Inferno 14 3 11 0 13 38 +25 9
5 Sudbury Canadians 14 1 13 0 15 77 -62 3
Northeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 New Jersey Wildcats 14 14 0 0 76 5 +71 42
2 Long Island Lady Riders 14 11 3 0 48 29 +19 33
3 New Jersey Lady Stallions 14 10 4 0 44 22 +19 30
4 New York Magic 14 3 11 0 13 47 -34 9
5 South Jersey Banshees 14 2 12 0 13 65 -52 6

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 14 13 0 1 57 11 +46 40
2 Seattle Sounders Women 14 11 2 1 44 12 -32 34
3 Edmonton Aviators Women 14 7 5 2 21 16 +5 23
4 Denver Lady Cougars 14 6 7 1 24 25 -1 19
5 Arizona Heatwave 14 6 7 1 25 36 -11 19
6 Mile High Mustangs 14 4 7 3 18 34 -16 15
7 Calgary Wildfire 14 2 12 0 13 41 -28 6
8 Fort Collins Force 14 1 10 3 18 45 -27 6

Playoffs[edit]

Format[edit]

Seven teams each from the Eastern Conference, four teams from the Central Conference and two from the Western Conference qualify for the playoffs. The Ottawa Fury Women received a bye into the W-League semifinals as hosts. All matchups are in a one-leg format.

In the Central Conference, the Division champions play the second-place team from the same division, who will play each other to advance to the W-League Semifinals.

In the Eastern Conference, the top two teams in each division play each other, except for the Division champion with the best record, that receives a bye to the Conference Semifinals, and Ottawa, who has a bye to the W-League Semifinals. The team with the worst record in the Conference Semifinals plays the team with the Divisional Finals bye, and the other two teams play each other. The winners play to advance to the W-League Semifinals.

The two teams in the Western Conference will play each other to advance to the W-League Semifinals.

Conference Brackets[edit]

Central Conference

Divisional Finals Central Finals
           
MW1 Illinois Chicago Cobras 3
MW2 Indiana Fort Wayne Fever 2
MW Illinois Chicago Cobras (AET) 3
A2 North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 2
A1 Virginia Hampton Roads Piranhas 0
A2 North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 2

Eastern Conference

  Division Finals     Eastern Semifinals     Eastern Championship
                           
  NWE1  Massachusetts Boston Renegades (AET) 1    
  NWE2  Massachusetts Western Mass Lady Pioneers 0    
        NE1  New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats 2  
            NWE1  Massachusetts Boston Renegades 0    
               
      NE1  New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats 6
  NC1  Quebec Montreal Xtreme 3               NC1  Quebec Montreal Xtreme 5
  NC2  New York Rochester Ravens 0              
        NC1  Quebec Montreal Xtreme (AET) 6    
        NE2  New York Long Island Lady Riders 5  
  NE2  New York Long Island Lady Riders (AET) 1    
  NE3  New Jersey New Jersey Lady Stallions 0  

Western Conference

Western Finals
     
W1 British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 1
W2 Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 0

W-League Championship Bracket[edit]

  Semifinal                    
  H  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 1  
  NE1  New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats 2   Championship
      NE1  New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats (AET/PK) 0 (2)
  Semifinal   W1  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 0 (4)
  W1  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women 2
  MW1  Illinois Chicago Cobras 1   Third Place
    H  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 1
    MW1  Illinois Chicago Cobras 0

Divisional Round[edit]

July 27, 2004
7:30 PM EDT
Massachusetts Western Mass Lady Pioneers 0 - 1
(AET)
Massachusetts Boston Renegades
Report Welcome Goal 104'
Bowditch Stadium
Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 400
Referee: Niko Bratsis (USA)

July 28, 2004
5:00 PM EDT
New York Rochester Lady Rhinos 0 - 3 Quebec Montreal Xtreme
Vieira Booked 14' Report Bilodeau Booked 41'
Morneau Goal 45'
Le Palme Goal 51'
Holland Goal 81'
Soccerplexe Catalogna
Montreal, Quebec
Attendance: 647
Referee: Carole Anne Chenara (USA)

July 28, 2004
8:30 PM EDT
New Jersey New Jersey Lady Stallions 0 - 1
(AET)
New York Long Island Lady Riders
Report Stansfield Booked 44'
Prinzevalli Booked 90'
Shulman Goal 104'
Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium
Stony Brook, New York
Attendance: 1,865
Referee: Richard Sanchez (USA)

Conference semifinals[edit]

July 28, 2004
North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 2 - 0 Virginia Hampton Roads Piranhas
Okosieme Goal 19'
Swinehart Goal 63'
Report
Virginia Wesleyan College
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Attendance: 565
Referee: Scott Johnson (USA)

July 28, 2004
7:00 PM CDT
Indiana Fort Wayne Fever 2 - 3 Illinois Chicago Cobras
Cinalli Goal 45' Booked 68'
Boland Goal 85' (PK)
Report Graczyk Goal 21' Goal 41'
Lindenmuth Goal 67'

July 31, 2004
5:00 PM EDT
Quebec Montreal Xtreme 5 - 4
(AET)
New York Long Island Lady Riders
Lesage Goal 6' Goal 17'
Vanderpool Goal 41' Goal 57'
Bilodeau Booked 69'
None Booked 77'
Pinard Goal 117'
Report McCabe Goal 4'
Mustonen Goal 8'
O'Brien Goal 26'
Stansfield Goal 35'
DeCristoforo Booked 63'
Mullen Booked 74'
Mercer County Community College
West Windsor, New Jersey
Attendance: 676
Referee: Teri O'Connor (USA)

July 31, 2004
7:30 PM EDT
Massachusetts Boston Renegades 0 - 2 New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats
Munoz Booked 25'
Frederick Booked 39'
Report Makinen Goal 18' Goal 55' (PK)
Mercer County Community College
West Windsor, New Jersey
Attendance: 676
Referee: John Schleckman

Conference finals[edit]

July 31, 2004
7:00 PM PDT
Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 0 - 1 British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women
Report Franko Goal 45'
Neil Booked 90'
Swangard Stadium
Burnaby, British Columbia
Attendance: 3,886
Referee: Jill Proctor (USA)

August 1, 2004
1:00 PM CDT
North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 1 - 2
(AET)
Illinois Chicago Cobras
Cooper Goal 26' (OG) Report Bogus Goal 81'
Schneider Booked 85'
B. Cooper Goal 100'
Mooseheart Memorial Stadium
Mooseheart, Illinois
Attendance: 110
Referee: Victor Herrera (USA)

August 1, 2004
5:00 EDT
Quebec Montreal Xtreme 5 - 6 New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats
Walsh Goal 45'
Vaillancourt Goal 47' Goal 55' Goal 90'
Pinard Booked 48'
Hemsley Goal 66'
Report Pichon Goal 16' Goal 21' Goal 44' Booked 79' Goal 85' Goal 89'
Makoski Goal 65'
Mercer County Community College
West Windsor, New Jersey
Attendance: 645
Referee: Hossam Saad (USA)

W-League Semifinals[edit]

August 7, 2004
New Jersey New Jersey Wildcats 2 - 1 Ontario Ottawa Fury Women
Pichon Goal 35' (PK), Goal 68'
Makoski Booked 45'
MacNamara Booked 72'
J. Willis Booked 82'
Report Matheson Red card 32'
Robinson Goal 83' (PK)

August 7, 2004
Illinois Chicago Cobras 1 - 2 British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women
Janss Goal 68' Report Neil Goal 53'
Allen Goal 58'

W-League Third Place[edit]

W-League Finals[edit]

See also[edit]