2011 Women's Professional Soccer season

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Women's Professional Soccer
Season 2011
Champions Western New York Flash
Matches played 54
Goals scored 150 (2.78 per match)
Top goalscorer Marta, WNY;
Christine Sinclair, WNY (10) [1]
Biggest home win PHI 6-0 mJ
Biggest away win ATL 1-4 BOS
NJ 1-4 WNY
Highest scoring PHI 4-3 NJ
Highest attendance 15,404 WNY vs. mJ (July 20)
Lowest attendance 864 mJ vs. ATL (May 29)
Average attendance 3,518
2010

The 2011 Women's Professional Soccer season is the third season for the WPS, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The season started with the opening match on April 9, with the 2011 WPS Championship scheduled for the weekend of August 27–28.[2]

Changes from the 2010 Season[edit]

Competition Format/Schedule[edit]

  • The regular season will begin on April 9 and end on August 14, with most teams playing few games during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The playoffs will be held during the last two weeks of August and end with the WPS Championship presented by Citi on either August 27 or 28.
  • Each team will play a total of eighteen games, two at home and two away against every other team minus one home game for one opponent and one away game for a different opponent.
  • The playoff format was identical to that of the 2010 season. The four teams with the most points from the regular season qualified for the playoffs. The third- and fourth-placed regular season finishers played each other in the single-match First Round, with the winner traveling to face the second-placed regular season finisher in the Super Semifinal midweek. The Super Semifinal winner then traveled to face the first-placed regular season finisher in the WPS Championship.
Abbreviation and Color Key:
Atlanta Beat - ATL • Boston Breakers - BOS • magicJack - mJ
Philadelphia Independence - PHI • Sky Blue FC - NJ • Western New York Flash - WNY
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Atlanta Beat BOS NJ WNY WNY mJ PHI NJ mJ PHI mJ BOS NJ BOS PHI mJ PHI WNY WNY
1-4 1-0 2-2 3-0 2-0 1-2 3-0 4-0 0-0 2-3 0-0 1-0 2-0 0-1 0-0 1-0 0-2 2-0
Boston Breakers ATL WNY mJ NJ PHI WNY PHI NJ mJ NJ ATL ATL WNY PHI mJ WNY mJ NJ
1-4 1-2 1-0 1-0 2-0 3-2 1-1 2-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 2-0 2-2 0-1 4-0 2-1 0-2 2-0
magicJack BOS PHI ATL WNY ATL BOS ATL PHI PHI NJ WNY ATL NJ BOS NJ BOS WNY PHI
1-0 2-1 2-0 3-0 4-0 2-1 2-3 6-0 3-1 2-2 3-1 0-0 0-2 4-0 3-2 0-2 1-2 2-1
Philadelphia Independence NJ mJ BOS ATL BOS WNY ATL WNY mJ mJ NJ WNY ATL NJ BOS ATL NJ mJ
2-2 2-1 2-0 1-2 1-1 1-2 0-0 0-1 6-0 3-1 4-3 2-1 0-1 2-0 0-1 1-0 2-1 2-1
Sky Blue FC PHI ATL BOS WNY ATL BOS WNY BOS ATL PHI mJ WNY PHI mJ WNY mJ PHI BOS
2-2 1-0 1-0 3-1 3-0 2-1 2-2 0-0 1-0 4-3 2-2 0-2 2-0 0-2 1-4 3-2 2-1 2-0
Western New York Flash BOS ATL ATL NJ BOS mJ PHI NJ PHI PHI NJ mJ BOS NJ BOS ATL mJ ATL
1-2 2-2 3-0 3-1 3-2 3-0 1-2 2-2 0-1 2-1 0-2 3-1 2-2 1-4 2-1 0-2 1-2 2-0

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
Head-to-head
1 Western New York Flash (A) 18 13 3 2 40 18 +22 42 2011 WPS Championship
2 Philadelphia Independence (A) 18 11 3 4 31 18 +13 36 2011 WPS Super Semifinal
3 magicJack (A) 18 9 2 7 29 29 0 0281 2011 WPS Playoffs
4 Boston Breakers (A) 18 5 4 9 19 24 −5 19 BOS: 7 pts
SKY: 4 pt
5 Sky Blue FC 18 5 4 9 24 29 −5 19
6 Atlanta Beat 18 1 4 13 7 32 −25 7

Source: WPS official standings
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(P) = WPS Premiership (best regular season record); (A) = Advances to 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the WPS Playoffs, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.
1 - magicJack were deducted a point for various league violations.[6]

Playoffs[edit]

  First Round
17 August 2011
Super Semifinal
20 August 2011
WPS Championship
27 August 2011
                           
    1  Western New York Flash 1(5)
    2  Philadelphia Independence 2     2  Philadelphia Independence 1(4)
3  magicJack 3     3  magicJack 0  
4  Boston Breakers 1

Awards[edit]

Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player of the Week Club Week's Statline
Week 1 United States Allie Long Sky Blue FC NJ 2-2 PHI
Week 2 United States Allison Lipsher Atlanta Beat 11 SVS, SHO
Week 3 United States Allison Lipsher Atlanta Beat 10 SVS
Week 4 Canada Christine Sinclair Western New York Flash 2 G, GWG
Week 5 Brazil Marta Western New York Flash 2 A, 1 G, GWA
Week 6 United States McCall Zerboni Western New York Flash 1 A, 2 G, GWG
Week 7 Sweden Caroline Seger Western New York Flash 2 G
Week 8 United States Abby Wambach magicJack 3 G, GWG
Week 9 United States Meghan Klingenberg Boston Breakers 1 A, 1 G, GWG
Week 10 United States Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 6 SVS, SHO
Week 11 Spain Verónica Boquete Philadelphia Independence 3 A, 1 G
Week 12 United States Casey Nogueira Sky Blue FC 1 G, GWG
Week 13 United States Natasha Kai Philadelphia Independence 3 G
1 G
Week 14 Spain Verónica Boquete Philadelphia Independence 1 G
Week 15 Canada Christine Sinclair Western New York Flash 1 A, 2 G, GWG
BOS 2-2 WNY
Week 16 Spain Verónica Boquete Philadelphia Independence 1 G, GWG
1 G, GWG
Week 17 United States Abby Wambach magicJack 2 G
2 G, GWG
Week 18 United States Lauren Cheney Boston Breakers 2 G, GWG

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player of the Month Club Month's Statline
May United States McCall Zerboni Western New York Flash 2 G, 2 A in 5 games; Flash 5-0 in May
June
July

WPS Year End Awards[edit]

Award Player Club Notes
Michelle Akers Player of the Year Spain Verónica Boquete Philadelphia Independence Also earned league’s top honor as MVP
WPS Defender of the Year United States Whitney Engen Western New York Flash Started and played the full 90 in all but one game
US Coast Guard Goalkeeper of the Year United States Ashlyn Harris Western New York Flash Led the league in regular season goals per game average (1.00)
US Soccer Federation Rookie of the Year United States Christen Press magicJack First-ever hat trick scored by a rookie on July 30, 2011
WPS Coach of the Year England Paul Riley Philadelphia Independence Led his team to a seven-game unbeaten streak and playoff final
Citi Sportswoman of the Year United States Nikki Krzysik Philadelphia Independence Team captain selected by her peers for exemplary leadership
PUMA Golden Boot (Top Scorer) Brazil Marta Western New York Flash Scored ten goals, earning her third consecutive award

Source: 2011 WPS Year End Awards[7]

2011 WPS Best XI[edit]

Player Position Squad
Ashlyn Harris Goalkeeper Western New York Flash
Whitney Engen * Defense Western New York Flash
Kia McNeill Defense Philadelphia Independence
Nikki Krzysik Defense Philadelphia Independence
Ali Riley Defense Western New York Flash
Veronica Boquete * Midfield Philadelphia Independence
Caroline Seger Midfield Western New York Flash
Jen Buczkowski Midfield Philadelphia Independence
Christine Sinclair * Forward Western New York Flash
Marta Forward Western New York Flash
Abby Wambach Forward magicJack

* – unanimous selection
Source: WPS Announces Best XI of 2011

Statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Minutes
United States Wambach, AbbyAbby Wambach magicJack Atlanta 4–0 28 May 2011 9', 67', 89'
United States Kai, NatashaNatasha Kai Philadelphia Sky Blue 4–3 6 July 2011 3', 38', 58'
United States Press, ChristenChristen Press magicJack Boston 4–0 30 July 2011 36', 76', 83'
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals
  • 5 Player scored 5 goals

Discipline[edit]

Streaks[edit]

Home Team Record[edit]

(Regular season only)

  • 30 wins, 14 losses, 10 ties - 1.852 PPG
  • 92 goals for, 58 against - +34 GD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 goal scorers". womensprosoccer.com. 
  2. ^ "WPS Finalizes Calendar for 2011 Season". WPS. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Teams Confirmed for 2011 WPS Season". WPS. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Red Stars Planning to Suspend Operations". WPS. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  5. ^ wpsl.info; Red Stars are Back! Joining WPSL for 2011
  6. ^ "WPS Imposes Punishment on magicJack with Point Deduction, Loss of Draft Picks". allwhitekit.com. 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "WPS Announces 2011 Year End Awards". WPS. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Breakers Beat Sky Blue, Clinch Playoff Berth". WPS. 14 August 2011. 

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