Maryland Pride

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Maryland Pride
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Full name Thunder Soccer Club Maryland Pride
Founded 1994
Ground Cedar Lane Park, Howard County
League Women's Premier Soccer League

The Maryland Pride was an WPSL club based in Howard County, Maryland. The team changed ownership in mid-season 2007 when the Thunder Soccer Club in Columbia, Maryland took over the team.[1]

The club was originally named the Lady Bays and began play in 1994 when the United Soccer Leagues (USL) organized a pilot season to test the demand for a national women's soccer league. The Lady Bays advanced to the first unofficial national tournament, where they were eliminated by Sacramento, California, the eventual 1994 champion. In 1996, playing as the Pride, the team set a goal of winning the national title. After compiling an 8-1 regular-season record, the Pride rolled to the national title by defeating three opponents by a combined score of 9-0 at the 1996 national championship tournament. Maryland finished an undefeated season in 2001 and won the regular season championship. The Pride have advanced to national playoffs seven times in their 16 years of operation. On January 18, 2011, the team announced that they would not play in 2011 and has been discontinued.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Conf/ Div Reg Season Playoffs
1995 W-League Eastern 4-5, 6th place
1996 W-League Eastern Conference 9-1, 1st place W-League Champions[2]
1997 W-League Mid-Atlantic 8-1, 1st place Won 3rd place game
1998 W-League 1, Northern Conference 10-4, 2nd place Lost 3rd place game
1999 W-League 1, Northern Conference 10-4, 1st place Won 3rd place game
2000 W-League 1, Northeastern Conference 9-4-1, 3rd place
2001 W-League 1, Eastern Conference 13-0-1, 1st place Lost in semifinal
2002 W-League Eastern/Northeast 7-5-2, 3rd place
2003 WPSL East 7-2, 2nd place[3]
2004 WPSL East 2-5, 5th place[4]
2005 WPSL East 8th place
2006 WPSL East/ South 5th place
2007 WPSL East/ Mid-Atlantic 6th place Did not qualify
2008 on hiatus
2009 WPSL East 10th place Did not qualify
2010 WPSL East/ Mid-Atlantic 4th place Did not qualify
2011 on hiatus

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