WPSL Rivals: San Diego SeaLions vs OC Waves - Photo Credit Diane Scavuzzo
Women's Soccer News: WPSL Week VII in Review
Leading San Diego to two shutout wins was certainly good enough for Coco Goodson to be named WPSL Co-Player Of The Week
The eyes of the soccer world are cast towards Germany and the FIFA Women's World Cup, yet on this side of the Atlantic, the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is about to commence their own July run towards a championship title. For teams on opposite sides of the country, every result is important whether its to already cement your position at the top of your respective division or conference race or keep your team in consideration.
The San Diego SeaLions of the Pacific Conference registered two important wins over the weekend in the South Division, avenging a loss to Orange County a week earlier with a shut-out win over the OC Waves while defeating LA Premier by a 3-0 score the next day. Brandon F.C. had a solid first year in the Sunshine Conference in 2010, and after playing three matches in four days, going 2-1 kept them in the post-season race with matches in hand on their competition.
Therefore, we recognize the play of San Diego's CoCo Goodson and Brandon F.C.'s Chelsea Klotz as the WPSL Co-Players Of The Week in the seventh edition of our weekly awards for the Summer 2011 season.
F CHELSEA KLOTZ (BRANDON F.C. FLAMES) - WPSL Co-Player Of The Week
The All-BIG EAST First Team selection for the University of South Florida notched two game-winners in Sunshine Conference wins over Tampa Bay Hellenic and the South Florida Strikers.
F MICHELE WEISSENHOFER (CHICAGO RED STARS)
The former Notre Dame star scored two goals and assisted on the Red Stars' third tally as Chicago defeated the Madison 56ers by a 3-1 score in a vital Mid-North Division contest.
F JENNIFER DOMINGUEZ (IOWA RUSH)
The Iowa State University Cyclone would create her own offensive storm as she scored all four goals in a Mid-North Division win over Minnesota Kings F.C. this past Thursday.
MF ROSIE TANTILLO (SAN DIEGO SEALIONS)
The former FC Gold Pride player makes her second straight appearance on the WPSL TOTW, leading the SeaLions' midfield in Pac-South Division wins over Orange County and Los Angeles Premier F.C.
MF JASMINE KAUKA (GULF COAST TEXANS)
The University of Alabama-Birmingham midfielder dominated the central midfield against Palm Beach United, scoring the game-winner in a 2-0 Sunshine Conference victory.
MF EMILY SHIBATA (WEST COAST WILDKATZ)
The University of Cal-Berkeley standout showed her invaluable ability to link up the team in last Saturday's big 2-0 Pac-North Division win over the Clovis Sidekicks.
MF KRISTEN SCHMIDBAUER (ASA CHESAPEAKE CHARGE)
The former University of Carolina-Greensboro star (and soon-to-be Maryland Terrapin) has been a force for ASA, and was crucial for the team in a vital 1-1 Mid-Atlantic Division draw with Millburn.
D/F COCO GOODSON (SAN DIEGO SEALIONS) - WPSL Co-Player Of The Week
On Saturday, the UC-Irvine star denied the Waves' goal scoring opportunities in a 1-0 win and on Sunday, Goodson did double duty as she played up top and defense in the 3-0 win over Los Angeles.
D DIANE CALDWELL (ALBANY ALLEYCATS)
The Ireland National Team standout has led a two straight-win resurgence for Albany, shutting down potential Seacoast United attacks and assisting on the game-winner in the Northeast Division victory.
D ALEXANDRA EAGLE (BRANDON F.C. FLAMES)
The University of South Florida center back anchored a defense that secured important shut-out victories over Tampa Bay Hellenic and the South Florida Strikers in Sunshine Conference action.
GK MICHELLE BETOS (BOSTON AZTEC BREAKERS RESERVES)
GK ERIN QUINLAN (BOSTON AZTEC U-23)
The "sister" teams weren't as kind to their respective back stops in the 0-0 draw in Northeast Division action this past weekend, as both keepers earned their team's a point via many quality saves.
HONORABLE MENTION: F JASMYNE SPENCER (LONG ISLAND FURY) - even though her team wasn't victorious, the former Maryland star scored three goals in the 5-4 Mid-Atlantic Division loss to the F.C. Bucks; F CHRISSY GRATZ (PALM BEACH UNITED)- the East Carolina standout has been a thorn in South Florida's side, making the WPSL TOTW again at their expense via her 3-goal, 1-assist performance in a 6-2 Sunshine Conference win; MF TAYLOR MCCANN (NORTH BAY F.C. WAVE) - the Stanford Cardinal midfielder played with speed & poise and sealed the deal with the insurance goal in a vital 2-0 Pac-North Division victory over the San Francisco Nighthawks; D DANI BOSIO (ORANGE COUNTY WAVES) - the Waves captain returned after an MCL injury that had kept her out since the first game of the season, and went on to have two stellar games in central defense (1-1 with only goal allowed); D DANIELLE SWEENEY (WEST COAST WILDKATZ) - the University of Oregon defender was tough with her one-on-one defending, shutting down Clovis' quality forwards repeatedly in the Pac-North shut-out win.
The Women's Premier Soccer League
WPSL is a 60-plus team national league for the Summer 2011 season and is the largest women's soccer league in the world. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The WPSL's mission is to provide the highest level of soccer in our effort to: bring affordable & quality family entertainment to the community; display positive role models for our youth; while, being a stepping stone for aspiring professional & international-level players.