2007 W-League

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The 2007 W-League Season was the league's 13th.

The Washington Freedom finished the season as national champions, beating the Atlanta Silverbacks Women 3-1 in the W-League Championship game in Rochester, New York on 7 August 2007.

Ottawa Fury Women finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning 11 out of their 12 games, suffering no losses, and finishing with a +38 goal difference.

Changes from 2006 season[edit]

Name changes[edit]

Two teams changed their names: The Long Island Lady Riders changed their name to the Long Island Rough Riders, and the San Diego Lady Gauchos changed their name to the San Diego Sunwaves.

New teams[edit]

Three teams were added for the season:

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
Virginia Fredericksburg Lady Gunners Northern Virginia area Fredericksburg, VA expansion
New Jersey Jersey Sky Blue Northern New Jersey area Madison, NJ expansion
Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom National Capital area Washington, D.C. associate member (former member of WUSA)

Teams Leaving[edit]

Five teams folded after the 2006 season:

Carolina Dynamo Women went on hiatus for this season.

Standings[edit]

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

Central Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Atlanta Silverbacks Women 12 9 2 1 25 10 +15 28
2 Richmond Kickers Destiny 12 9 2 1 25 10 +15 28
3 Charlotte Lady Eagles 12 8 2 2 31 10 +21 26
4 Cocoa Expos Women* 11 5 3 3 20 8 +12 18
5 Hampton Roads Piranhas* 11 2 8 1 9 22 -13 7
6 Bradenton Athletics* 11 1 9 1 9 32 -23 4
7 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners* 11 1 9 1 6 33 -27 4

The Fredericksburg at Cocoa and Bradenton at Hampton Roads games were unable to be rescheduled before the end of the season, and were not played due to having no effect on the playoffs.

Midwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Minnesota Lightning 12 10 1 1 27 8 +19 31
2 Michigan Hawks 12 8 3 1 27 13 +14 25
3 Cleveland Internationals Women 12 8 4 0 30 16 +14 24
4 Chicago Gaels 12 7 4 1 39 17 +22 22
5 London Gryphons 12 4 8 0 19 41 -22 12
6 Fort Wayne Fever 12 1 9 2 8 27 -19 5
7 West Michigan Firewomen 12 1 10 1 7 25 -28 4

Eastern Conference[edit]

Northeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Washington Freedom 14 12 1 1 48 10 +38 37
2 Jersey Sky Blue 14 12 2 0 48 6 +42 36
3 Northern Virginia Majestics 14 7 6 1 28 26 +2 22
4 Boston Renegades 14 7 7 0 19 31 -12 21
5 New Jersey Wildcats 14 5 5 4 16 13 +3 19
6 Long Island Rough Riders 14 5 7 2 20 24 -4 17
7 New York Magic 14 1 10 3 8 32 -24 6
8 Western Mass Lady Pioneers 14 1 12 1 9 54 -45 4
Northern Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Ottawa Fury Women 12 11 0 1 47 9 +38 0
2 Toronto Lady Lynx 12 7 3 2 29 16 +13 23
3 Laval Comets 12 7 4 1 35 10 +25 22
4 Rochester Rhinos Women 12 5 7 0 21 28 -7 15
5 Hamilton Avalanche 12 2 10 0 11 42 -31 6
6 Vermont Lady Voltage 12 2 10 0 9 47 -38 6

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 San Diego Sunwaves 12 8 3 1 28 12 16 25
2 Seattle Sounders Women 12 7 4 1 21 14 +7 22
3 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 12 6 3 3 24 17 +7 21
4 Fort Collins Force 12 4 7 1 18 31 -13 13
5 Mile High Edge 12 3 7 2 16 26 -10 11
6 Real Colorado Cougars 12 3 7 2 11 18 -7 11

Playoff Format[edit]

Four teams qualify from the Central Conference, six from the Eastern Conference, and two from the Western Conference.

The Division Winners in the Central Conference will play the second place team of the other division. In the Eastern Conference, the second and third place team in each division will play, with the winner of that match playing the top team in the other division. Finally, the two winners of the latter matches will play for the Eastern Conference championship. The top two teams in the Western Conference will play each other.

The Rochester Raging Rhinos automatically qualify for the W-League Semifinals as hosts. They will play the highest-ranked Conference Champion in their semifinal, with the other two Conference Champions will play in the other.

Playoffs[edit]

Conference Brackets[edit]

Central Conference

Central Semifinals Central Championship
           
MW1 Minnesota Minnesota Lightning 4
AT2 Virginia Richmond Kickers Destiny 2
MW1 Minnesota Minnesota Lightning 2
AT1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 5
AT1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women (AET) 4
MW2 Michigan Michigan Hawks 2

Eastern Conference

  Eastern Divisional Round     Eastern Semifinals     Eastern Championship
                           
        NE1  Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 6  
  NO2  Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 3     NO2  Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 1    
  NO3  Quebec Laval Comets 1         NE1  Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 1
      NO1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 0
        NO1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 4    
  NE2  New Jersey Jersey Sky Blue 3     NE2  New Jersey Jersey Sky Blue 0  
  NE3  Virginia Northern Virginia Majestics 1  

Western Conference

Western Finals
     
W1 California San Diego Sunwaves 1
W2 Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 2

W-League Championship Bracket[edit]

  Semifinal                    
  NE1  Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 3  
  H  New York Rochester Raging Rhinos 0   Championship
      NE1  Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 3
  Semifinal   AT1  Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1
  AT1  Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 4
  W2  Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 1   Consolation
    W2  Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 2
    H  New York Rochester Raging Rhinos 1

Divisional Round[edit]

July 25, 2007
7:30 PM ET
Quebec Laval Comets 1 – 3 Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx
Gagné Goal 7'
Busque Booked 54'
Bilodeau Booked 83'
(Report) Marton Goal 47'
Ramsdale Booked 48' Goal 57'
Morra Goal 70'
Harrison Booked 85'
Centennial Park Stadium
Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 647
Referee: Patricia Peebles (USA)

July 25, 2007
7:30 PM ET
Virginia Northern Virginia Majestics 1 – 3 New Jersey Jersey Sky Blue
Banks Goal 66' (Report) DiPaolo Goal 8'
Dickenmann Goal 19'
Griffin Goal 42'
Ranger Stadium, Drew University
Madison, New Jersey
Attendance: 263
Referee: Hossam Saad (USA)

Conference Semifinals[edit]

July 28, 2007
2:00 PM ET
Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 1 – 6 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom
Harrison Booked 45'
Romagnuolo Booked 75'
Allysha Chapman Goal 78'
(Report) Lindsey Goal 13' Goal 26'
Welsh Goal 31'
Watson Goal 76'
Hammond Goal 80'
Porto Goal 90'
Keith Harris Stadium
Ottawa, Ontario
Attendance: 450
Referee: Marvin Mohring (CAN)

July 27, 2007
5:00 PM CT
Michigan Michigan Hawks 0 – 4 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Delvecchio Booked 59' (Report) Steinmann Goal 14' Goal 74'
Goal 45' (OG)
Harbrueger Goal 87'
Macalester Stadium
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 228
Referee: Jorge Ocontrillo (USA)

July 27, 2007
7:30 PM CT
Virginia Richmond Kickers Destiny 2 – 4
(AET)
Minnesota Minnesota Lightning
Grier Booked 68'
Sauerbrunn Goal 79'
J. Parsons Goal 88'
Stephens-David Booked 97'
(Report) Mueller Goal 38'
Smith Goal 69' Goal 103' Goal 110'
Macalester Stadium
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 1,619
Referee: Mishaun Ahmad (USA)

July 28, 2007
5:00 PM ET
New Jersey Jersey Sky Blue 0 – 4 Ontario Ottawa Fury Women
(Report) Taylor Goal 30' Goal 68'
Jeffers Booked 44'
Laue Goal 71'
Hamel Goal 77'
Keith Harris Stadium
Ottawa, Ontario
Attendance: 450
Referee: Joe Audi (CAN)

Conference Finals[edit]

July 28, 2007
7:00 PM ET
Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 5 – 2 Minnesota Minnesota Lightning
Latham Goal 4' Goal 30'
Schneider Goal 16'
Davey Goal 22'
Harbrueger Goal 69'
Eriksson Booked 74'
Hall Booked 85'
(Report) Smith Goal 85' Goal 86' (PK)
Storlien (coach) Red card 90'
Macalester Stadium
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 1725
Referee: (USA)

July 29, 2007
5:00 PM ET
Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 1 – 0 Ontario Ottawa Fury Women
Welsh Goal 24'
Huffman Booked 69'
(Report) McCormack Booked 23'
Hamel Booked 61'
Keith Harris Stadium
Ottawa, Ontario
Attendance: 305
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

July 30, 2007
6:30 PM PT
Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 2 – 1 California San Diego Sunwaves
Bridges Goal 34'
Patterson Goal 60'
(Report) Epsten Goal 30' Booked 84'
Torero Stadium
San Diego, California
Attendance: 843
Referee: Marlene Duffy (USA)

W-League Semifinals[edit]

August 3, 2007
5:30 PM ET
Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 1 – 4 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Patterson Goal 6' (Report) Latham Goal 44'
Minnax Goal 47'
Buff Goal 68'
Steinmann Goal 80'
PAETEC Park
Rochester, New York
Referee: Katherine Dziedzic (USA)

August 3, 2007
8:00 PM ET
New York Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 – 3 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom
Kruze Booked 84'
Russell Booked 90'
(Report) Huffman Goal 10'
Moros Goal 29'
Lindsey Goal 53'
PAETEC Park
Rochester, New York
Referee: Franco Bevilacqua (USA)

W-League Third-Place Game[edit]

August 5, 2007
2:30 PM ET
New York Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 – 2 Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women
Kinmond Goal 70'
Bybee Booked 90'
Report Arrant Goal 51'
Slawson Goal 75'
Smith Booked 90'
PAETEC Park
Rochester, New York
Referee: Jeffrey Mellen (USA)

W-League Final[edit]

August 5, 2007
5:30 PM ET
Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1 – 3 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom
Schneider Booked 59'
Davey Goal 67'
Buff Booked 71'
Harbrueger Booked 90'
(Report) Moros Goal 1'
Welsh Goal 40' Booked 85'
McCarty Goal 88'
PAETEC Park
Rochester, New York
Referee: Dino Sorbara (USA)