2009 W-League (North America)

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The 2009 W-League Season is the league's 15th. The regular season began on May 8 with the Hampton Roads Piranhas defeating the Charlotte Lady Eagles 2–1 in Charlotte. The season will end with 10 games on July 19. The playoffs begin on July 22 and end on August 7 or 8.

Pali Blues repeated as W-League champions, defeating the Washington Freedom Reserves in come-from-behind fashion 2–1, which was also how they had won their previous title. Iris Mora was named the Playoffs MVP.

FC Indiana's Laura del Río finished with the most points (40) and goals (18), while her teammate Monica Ocampo led the league in assists (11). Shannon Lynn, also of FC Indiana, led the league in GAA (0.116) and shutouts (10), and only allowed 2 goals the entire regular season.[1]

Changes from 2008 season[edit]

Name Changes[edit]

Six teams changed their name in the off-season:

Team Name Metro Area Previous Name
North Carolina Cary Lady Clarets Research Triangle area Carolina RailHawks Women
Illinois Chicago Red Eleven Chicago area Chicago Gaels
Colorado Colorado Force Fort Collins area Fort Collins Force
New Jersey Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues northern New Jersey area Jersey Sky Blue
New York Rochester Ravens Rochester area Rochester Rhinos Women
Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Reserves Washington, D.C. area Washington Freedom

Expansion Teams[edit]

Two teams were added for the season:

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
New York Buffalo Flash Buffalo area Buffalo, NY expansion
Quebec Quebec City Amiral SC Quebec City area Quebec City, QC expansion

Teams Leaving[edit]

Six teams folded after the 2008 season:

Jersey Sky Blue and Washington Freedom both have expansion teams in Women's Professional Soccer. Washington have chosen to keep their reserve squad in the W-League, while Jersey has sold the rights to their W-League team to New York-based Quickstrike FC, which became Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues.[2]

Standings[edit]

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

Central Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Ottawa Fury Women 14 11 1 2 40 9 +31 35
2 Buffalo Flash 14 9 2 3 40 10 +30 30
3 Quebec City Amiral SC 14 9 4 1 29 17 +12 28
4 Toronto Lady Lynx 14 6 4 4 25 17 +8 22
5 Laval Comets 13 7 5 1 21 14 +7 22
6 London Gryphons 14 3 9 2 23 33 −10 11
7 Hamilton Avalanche 14 3 9 2 14 35 −21 11
8 Rochester Ravens 14 0 13 1 5 61 −55 1

Midwest Division[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 FC Indiana 12 10 0 2 63 2 +61 32
2 Chicago Red Eleven 12 10 1 1 37 6 +31 31
3 Minnesota Lightning 12 7 3 2 37 11 +26 23
4 Cleveland Internationals Women 12 4 6 2 15 28 −17 14
5 Fort Wayne Fever 12 3 7 2 19 40 −21 11
6 Kalamazoo Outrage 12 2 8 2 11 39 −28 8
7 West Michigan Firewomen 12 0 10 1 5 61 −56 1

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Atlanta Silverbacks Women 12 10 1 1 24 3 +21 31
2 Tampa Bay Hellenic 12 8 1 3 24 7 +17 27
3 Charlotte Lady Eagles* 12 6 3 3 19 13 +6 21
4 Hampton Roads Piranhas 12 6 6 0 24 18 +6 18
5 Cary Lady Clarets 12 5 6 1 24 23 +1 16
6 Northern Virginia Majestics 12 1 10 1 3 21 −18 4
7 Richmond Kickers Destiny 12 1 10 1 8 41 −33 4
Northeast Division[edit]
Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 14 12 0 2 40 9 +31 38
2 Washington Freedom Reserves 14 12 1 1 49 9 +40 37
3 Boston Renegades* 14 7 3 4 35 16 +19 25
4 Long Island Rough Riders 14 6 7 1 28 26 +2 19
5 New Jersey Wildcats 14 6 7 1 17 23 −6 19
6 Connecticut Passion 14 4 8 2 20 33 −13 14
7 New York Magic** 14 1 11 3 8 45 −37 6
8 Western Mass Lady Pioneers** 14 1 13 0 8 44 −36 0

* – The Boston Renegades qualified for the Eastern Conference playoffs but declined to participate, so the Charlotte Lady Eagles joined as the next most qualified team.

** – Western Mass forfeited a 1–0 victory to New York due to an ineligible player, and was deducted an additional three points.

Western Conference[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Pali Blues 12 9 0 3 25 9 +16 30
2 Colorado Force 12 4 2 6 16 13 +3 18
3 Real Colorado Cougars 12 4 5 3 16 15 +1 15
4 Seattle Sounders Women 12 3 3 6 12 15 −3 15
5 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 12 3 4 5 15 19 −4 14
6 Ventura County Fusion 12 2 5 5 13 22 −9 10
7 Los Angeles Legends 12 2 7 3 15 20 −5 9

[3]

Playoffs[edit]

Format[edit]

The Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues earned a bye directly to the W-League Semifinals. The Washington Freedom Reserves were moved into the top spot in the Northeast Division, and the Charlotte Lady Eagles received the division's second playoff spot (the Boston Renegades were the original holders of the second spot, but declined to enter).

The Central Conference will have 5 playoff spots. The second and third place teams from the Great Lakes Division will play each other. The winner will play the Midwest Division champions, while the Great Lakes Division champion will play the second place team of the Midwest Division. The winners of those games will play to determine the conference champion. The Eastern Conference division champions will play the second place team of the opposite division, the winners facing off to determine who goes to the W-League Semifinals. The Western Conference will have their top two teams facing off to determine their conference champion.

The W-League Semifinals will put the regular season champion against the lowest seeded conference champion, and the higher-ranked conference champions against each other. The winners of these games will play in the championship, while the losers will play in the Third Place game.

Conference Brackets[edit]

Central Conference

  Central Divisional Round     Central Semifinals     Central Championship
                           
        MW1  Indiana FC Indiana 3  
  GL2  New York Buffalo Flash 5     GL2  New York Buffalo Flash 0    
  GL3  Quebec Quebec City Amiral SC 0         MW1  Indiana FC Indiana 1
      GL1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 2
        GL1  Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 4    
        MW2  Illinois Chicago Red Eleven 2  

Eastern Conference

Eastern Semifinals Eastern Championship
           
NE1 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Reserves 2
AT2 Florida Tampa Bay Hellenic 1
NE1 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Reserves 2
NE2 North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 1
AT1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1
NE2 North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 2

Western Conference

Western Finals
     
W1 California Pali Blues 5
W2 Colorado Colorado Force 2

W-League Championship Bracket[edit]

Semifinal Championship
           
NE1 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Reserves (AET/PSO) 0 (3)
GL1 Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 0 (1)
NE1 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Reserves 1
W1 California Pali Blues 2
WL New York Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 0
W1 California Pali Blues 4

Divisional Round[edit]

July 22, 2009
7:00 PM EDT
Quebec Quebec City Arsenal 0–5 New York Buffalo Flash
Report Ruiz Goal 26'
Sutton Goal 34' Goal 60'
Mosebo Booked 44'
Lasek Goal 79'
Craft Goal 81'

Conference Semifinals[edit]

July 24, 2009
5:00 PM EDT
Florida Tampa Bay Hellenic 1–2 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Reserves
Gordon Goal 58' (Report) Tegeler Goal 42'
Lenczyck Goal 67'
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 82
Referee: Patrick Baker (USA)

July 24, 2009
5:00 PM EDT
Illinois Chicago Red Eleven 2–4 Ontario Ottawa Fury Women
Davison Goal 11'
Cooper Goal 90'
Evans Goal 20'
Hearn Goal 31' Goal 76' Goal 82'

July 24, 2009
7:30 PM EDT
North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 2–1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Ozimek Goal 85' Goal 88' (Report) Hall Goal 76'
Yempuku Booked 84'
Ford Booked 90'
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 917
Referee: Mark Cleland (USA)

July 24, 2009
7:30 PM EDT
New York Buffalo Flash 0–3 Indiana FC Indiana
Mosebo Booked 45' Leyva Goal 13' Goal 45' (PK)
Del Rio Goal 26'

Conference Finals[edit]

July 25, 2009
7:30 PM EDT
North Carolina Charlotte Lady Eagles 1–2 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Reserves
Swinehart Goal 25'
Swift Booked 79'
(Report) Lenczyk Goal 76'
Goal 85'
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 114
Referee: Serdar Ertep (USA)

July 25, 2009
7:00 PM PDT
Colorado Colorado Force 2–5 California Pali Blues
Marshall Goal 60' Goal 72' (Report) Press Goal 11' Goal 75'
Mora Booked 67' Goal 90' Goal 90+'
O'Hara Goal 88'
Stadium by the Sea
Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 342
Referee: Felisha Mariscal (USA)

July 26, 2009
7:30 PM EDT
Ontario Ottawa Fury Women 2–1 Indiana FC Indiana
Moore Goal 20' (OG)
Thomas Goal 76' (OG)
Lyons Goal 11'

W-League Semifinals[edit]

July 31, 2009
7:30 PM EDT
California Pali Blues 4–0 New York Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
Taylor Goal 14'
Mora Goal 45'
O'Hara Goal 50'
Cheney Goal 65' Booked 69'
(Report) Gunning Booked 75'
Newburgh Free Academy Stadium
Newburgh, New York
Attendance: 1,007
Referee: Edwin Cespedas (USA)

W-League Championship[edit]

August 7, 2009
7:30 PM EDT
California Pali Blues 2–1 Washington, D.C. Washington Freedom Reserves
Billingsley Booked 14' Goal 37'
Mora Goal 86'
Matute Goal 14'

Awards[edit]

The finalists for W-League MVP, U19 Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Defender of the Year were announced on August 3, 2009, with the winners to be announced on August 5. The Goalkeeper of the Year was announced on August 3.[4]

Most Valuable Player Finalists[edit]

U19 Player of the Year Finalists[edit]

Defender of the Year Finalists[edit]

Goalkeeper of the Year[edit]

Coach of the Year Finalists[edit]

All-League and All-Conference Teams[edit]

Central Conference[edit]

F: Laura del Río*, IND; Amber Hearn*, OTT; Caroline Smith, MIN
M: Gemma Davison*, CHI; Jennifer Hance, OTT; Fatima Leyva, IND; Rosa Tantillo*, BUF
D: Jenny Jeffers, CHI; Ria Percival*, OTT; Clare Rustad, TOR
G: Shannon Lynn, IND
Honorable Mention: Margaret Allgeier, D, FW; Haley Ford, D, CLE; Christina Julien, F, LAV; Melissa Lesage, F, QC; Heather MacDougall, M, HAM; Courtney Nash, M, WMi; Anna Stinson, M, KAL; Jenn Wolbert, G, LON; Casey Zimney, D, ROC

Eastern Conference[edit]

F: Angelika Johansson*, HV; Jen Parsons, WAS; Brittany Tegeler, WAS
M: Lindsay Ozimek, CHA; Christina Rife, CHA; Megan Tomlinson, ATL
D: Casey Brown, BOS; Ashleigh Gunning*, HV; Philisha Lewis, TB; Brittany Taylor*, HV
G: Michelle Betos*, ATL
Honorable Mention: Mary Casey, G, NV; Brooke DeRosa, M, LI; Shaneka Gordon, F, HR; Robyn Jones, G, NJ; Courtney McMahon, M, NY; Rachel Richards, M, WMa; Fortuna Velaj, F, & Lindsay Vera, F, CON; Jennifer Woodie, D, RIC

Western Conference[edit]

F: Iris Mora, PAL; Jodi Ann Robinson, VAN
M: Michelle French*, SEA; Tobin Heath, PAL; Nikki Marshall, COL; Carmelina Moscato, VAN; Nikki Washington*, PAL
D: Jenea Gibbons, LA; Kelli Smith, SEA; Leah Tapscott, PAL
G: Katie Hultin, SEA
Honorable Mention: Kay Hawke, G, VEN, Taryn Hemmings, M, RC

* denotes All-League selections. [4]

See also[edit]

Source website[edit]

USL historical stats

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PDL, W-League Statistical Honors Announced". Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  2. ^ "Quickstrike acquires Sky Blue franchise". Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  3. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/schedules/2009/13598774.html 2009 W-league standings
  4. ^ a b "W-League All-League Teams unveiled". Archived from the original on 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-08-04.