2008 W-League

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The 2008 W-League Season was the league's 14th. The regular season began on May 10, 2008, and ended on July 20.

Pali Blues finished the season as national champions, beating FC Indiana 2-1 in the W-League Championship game in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 2 August 2008.

The Pali Blues also finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning all 12 of their matches, and finishing with a +35 goal difference.

Atlanta Silverbacks Women's striker Sarah Steinmann was the league's top scorer, with 19 goals. FC Indiana's Laura Del Rio led the league with 13 assists, while Pali Blues goalkeeper Valerie Henderson enjoyed the best goalkeeping statistics, with a goals-against average of 0.142 per game, and posting 6 shutouts.

Changes from 2007 season[edit]

Nine teams were added for the season:

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
North Carolina Carolina Dynamo Greensboro area Greensboro, NC expansion
North Carolina Carolina RailHawks Research Triangle area Cary, NC expansion
Connecticut Connecticut Passion Hartford and New Haven areas Berlin, CT expansion
Indiana FC Indiana Indianapolis area Indianapolis, IN previously in WPSL
Michigan Kalamazoo Outrage Kalamazoo area Kalamazoo, MI expansion
California Los Angeles Legends suburban Los Angeles area Azusa, CA expansion
California Pali Blues Los Angeles area Los Angeles, CA expansion
Florida Tampa Bay Hellenic Tampa Bay area Tampa, FL expansion
West Virginia West Virginia Illusion Morgantown/North-Central West Virginia areas Fairmont, WV expansion

Three teams folded after the 2007 season: Mile High Edge, and San Diego Sunwaves. Cocoa Expos Women left the league for the WPSL.

Standings[edit]

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

Central Conference[edit]

Midwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 FC Indiana 14 13 0 1 67 3 +64 40
2 Chicago Gaels 14 11 3 0 39 9 +30 33
3 Minnesota Lightning 14 9 3 2 32 19 +13 29
4 Cleveland Internationals Women 14 8 4 2 31 23 +8 26
5 Michigan Hawks 14 4 9 1 12 33 -21 13
6 Kalamazoo Outrage 14 2 10 2 6 36 -30 8
7 Fort Wayne Fever * 13 2 10 1 16 39 -23 7
8 West Michigan Firewomen * 13 1 11 1 11 52 -41 4

* Fort Wayne and West Michigan did not play each other a second time, as the game could not be rescheduled before July 20 and would not have an impact on the playoffs.

Northern Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Ottawa Fury Women 14 13 1 0 51 7 +44 39
2 Toronto Lady Lynx 14 11 2 1 40 14 +26 34
3 Laval Comets 14 9 4 1 39 17 +22 28
4 Rochester Rhinos Women 14 6 6 2 18 33 -14 20
5 Hamilton Avalanche 14 5 6 3 19 21 -2 18
6 Western Mass Lady Pioneers 14 3 9 2 18 34 -16 11
7 London Gryphons 14 3 9 2 15 35 -20 11
8 Vermont Lady Voltage 14 0 13 1 5 44 -39 1

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Atlanta Silverbacks Women 14 13 0 1 50 6 +44 40
2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 14 11 2 1 44 13 +31 34
3 Tampa Bay Hellenic 14 8 4 2 27 16 +11 26
4 Hampton Roads Piranhas 14 7 6 1 29 19 +9 22
5 Carolina RailHawks 14 7 6 1 22 17 +5 22
6 Richmond Kickers Destiny 14 6 8 0 18 28 -10 18
7 Carolina Dynamo 14 4 8 2 23 30 -7 14
8 Bradenton Athletics 14 2 12 0 11 52 -41 6
9 West Virginia Illusion 14 1 13 0 6 46 -40 3
Northeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Washington Freedom 14 11 1 2 32 7 +25 35
2 Long Island Rough Riders 14 9 3 2 28 13 +15 29
3 Boston Renegades 14 9 3 2 32 12 +20 29
4 Jersey Sky Blue 14 8 4 2 14 10 +4 26
5 Connecticut Passion 14 7 5 2 24 23 +1 23
6 Northern Virginia Majestics 14 3 6 5 17 23 -6 14
7 New York Magic 14 3 7 4 14 23 -9 13
8 New Jersey Wildcats 14 2 10 2 17 35 -18 8
9 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 14 0 13 1 5 37 -32 1

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Pali Blues 12 12 0 0 39 4 +35 36
2 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 12 7 2 3 21 18 +3 24
3 Seattle Sounders Women 12 5 3 4 19 11 +8 19
4 Real Colorado Cougars 12 5 4 3 15 19 -4 18
5 Fort Collins Force 12 3 6 3 15 19 -4 12
6 Los Angeles Legends 12 1 9 2 11 26 -15 5
7 Ventura County Fusion 12 1 10 1 9 32 -23 4

Playoff Format[edit]

Five teams each from the Central and Eastern Conferences, and two from the Western Conference, qualify for the playoffs.

In the Central Conference, the second and third place teams from the Northern Division play a one-leg playoff with the winner advancing to the Conference Semifinals, where they will play the Midwest Division champion. The other semifinal will have the second place team from the Midwest Division playing the Northern Division champion.

In the Eastern Conference, the second and third place teams from the Northeast Division play a one-leg playoff with the winner andvancing to play the Atlantic Division champion. The other semifinal will have the second place team from the Atlantic Division playing the Northeast Division champion.

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

The Regular Season champion, Pali Blues, receive a bye into the W-League semifinals, with the second and third place teams from the Western Conference receiving playoff berths.

Playoffs[edit]

Conference Brackets[edit]

Central Conference

  Central Divisional Round     Central Semifinals     Central Championship
                           
        MW1  Indiana FC Indiana 5  
  NO2  Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx 0     NO3  Quebec Laval Comets 1    
  NO3  Quebec Laval Comets 2         MW1  Indiana FC Indiana (AET) 4
      NO1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 3
        NO1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 3    
        MW2  Illinois Chicago Gaels 2  

Eastern Conference

  Eastern Divisional Round     Eastern Semifinals     Eastern Championship
                           
        AT1  Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1  
  NE2  New York Long Island Rough Riders 1     NE2  New York Long Island Rough Riders 0    
  NE3  Massachusetts Boston Renegades 0         AT1  Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1
      NE1  Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom (AET) 2
        NE1  Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom (AET) 6    
        AT2  North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 5  

Western Conference

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

Pali captured the W-League regular season title and bye into W-League semifinals, enabling Vancouver to take their spot in the Conference Playoffs, and allowing Seattle to clinch a playoff berth.

W-League Championship Bracket[edit]

  Semifinal                    
  WL  California Pali Blues 2  
  NE1  Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 0   Championship
      WL  California Pali Blues 2
  Semifinal   MW1  Indiana FC Indiana 1
  MW1  Indiana FC Indiana 1
  W2  Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 0   Consolation
    NE1  Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 2
    W1  Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 0

Divisional Rounds[edit]

July 23, 2008
7:00 ET
Massachusetts Boston Renegades 0 – 1 New York Long Island Rough Riders
(Report) DeRosa Goal
St. Anthony's High School
South Huntington, New York
Attendance: 387
Referee: Samir Souidi (USA)

July 23, 2008
7:30 ET
Quebec Laval Comets 2 – 0 Ontario Toronto Lady Lynx
Gagné Goal 8' Goal 40'
Walsh Red card 89'
(Report) Chapman Booked 40' Red card 89'
Afonso Booked 66'
Centennial Park Stadium
Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 344
Referee: Michael Izzo (CAN)

Conference Semifinals[edit]

July 25, 2008
4:00 ET
Illinois Chicago Gaels 2 – 3 Ontario Ottawa Fury Women
Mutters Booked 12'
Spacht Goal 26'
Trevillian Booked 74'
Maynard Goal 89' (PK)
(Report) Taylor Goal 12' Goal 62' (PK)
Powell Goal 15'
Varsity Soccer Complex
West Lafayette, Indiana
Attendance: 50
Referee: Tony Deldis (USA)

July 25, 2008
5:00 ET
North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 5 – 6
(AET)
Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom
Rife Goal 11'
Schmedes Goal 29'
Murphy Goal 59' Goal 107'
Lyons Goal 66'
(Report) Welsh Goal 2' Goal 16' Goal 103'
Keller Goal 22'
Moros Goal 70' (PK)
Janss Goal 97'
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 152
Referee: William Deland (USA)

July 25, 2008
6:30 ET
Quebec Laval Comets 1 – 5 Indiana FC Indiana
Gagné Goal 55' (PK) (Report) Hamel Goal 14'
Sesselmann Goal 16' Goal 25' Booked 27'
Parker Goal 63'
Phewa Goal 72'
Varsity Soccer Complex
West Lafayette, Indiana
Attendance: 128
Referee: Andrew Scott (USA)

July 25, 2008
8:00 ET
New York Long Island Rough Riders 0 – 1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Fitzgerald (coach) Red card 82'
Speck Booked 90'
(Report) Latham Goal 51'
Buff Booked 70'
Harbrueger Booked 90'
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 485
Referee: Patrick Baker (USA)

Conference Finals[edit]

July 26, 2008
7:00 ET
Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 1 – 0 British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps Women
Baysa Goal 67' Booked 84' (Report)
Swangard Stadium
Burnaby, British Columbia
Attendance: 4,991
Referee: Darci Kurse (USA)

July 26, 2008
8:00 ET
Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 2 – 1
(AET)
Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Golebiowski Booked 48'
Welsh Goal 77' Booked 90'
Andrzejewski Goal 118'
(Report) Bobo Booked 16'
Latham Goal 23'
Phillips Booked 73'
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 428
Referee: Tony Russo (USA)

July 27, 2008
6:30 ET
Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 3 – 4
(AET)
Indiana FC Indiana
Kennedy Booked 27'
Milyak Goal 53' (OG)
Hance Goal 65'
Avner Booked 85'
Taylor Goal 116' (PK)
Raber Booked 120'
(Report) Sesselmann Goal 15'
Nault Booked 63'
Del Rio Goal 90+2' Goal 96'
Phewa Goal 101'

W-League Semifinals[edit]

July 31, 2008
5:00 PM ET
Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 0 – 1 Indiana FC Indiana
Phewa Booked 16'
Leyva Goal 87'
Foster Field
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Referee: Debbie Coleman (USA)

July 31, 2008
8:00 PM ET
Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom 0 – 2 California Pali Blues
Welsh Booked 76' Adams Goal 26' Goal 82'
Foster Field
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Attendance: 427
Referee: Meredith Hackett (USA)

W-League Third-Place Game[edit]

August 2, 2008
4:30 PM ET
Washington (state) Seattle Sounders Women 0 – 2 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom
Welsh Goal 11' Booked 40'
Huffman Booked 76'
Andrzejewski Goal 86'

W-League Finals[edit]

August 2, 2008
7:30 PM ET
Indiana FC Indiana 1 – 2 California Pali Blues
O'Rourke Goal 47' Wilson Booked 49'
LePeilbet Goal 83'
Pasqui Goal 88'
Foster Field
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Attendance: 558
Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA)

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