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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES

June 18, 2012
W-LEAGUE ROUNDUP
Week in review: Silverbacks, Eagles Finish Even


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Atlanta Silverbacks rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw against the Charlotte Lady Eagles on Saturday night at Charlotte Christian Stadium as they gained the upper hand in the W-League’s Southeast Division as they began the second half of the regular season.

The Silverbacks had taken a 5-0 win against the VSI Tampa Flames on Friday night, but fell behind in the first minute against the Lady Eagles as Gloria Douglas opened the scoring. Charlotte, which could only manage a 2-2 draw with the Central SC Cobras on Friday night, doubled its advantage in the 17th minute when Amanda Naeher was able to finish a chance created by Samantha Huecker, and the Lady Eagles took their 2-0 lead to the break.

Atlanta hit back six minutes after halftime when Kristin Burton scored her sixth goal of the season, then Tiffini Turpin got the Silverbacks back on even terms in the 61st minute with her fourth goal of the season. The Silverbacks had chances to take all three points, but Charlotte’s Robyn Jones was able to preserve her side a point late on.

The result keeps the Silverbacks four points behind the Lady Eagles in the Southeast Division standings, but with two games in hand. The two teams meet twice more this season as they battle for the division title, with the next meeting coming this Friday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park at 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS WOMEN 3, LA STRIKERS 1:
The Vancouver Whitecaps Women took their first victory of the season as a pair of goals by Mele French allowed them to rally from an early deficit against the LA Strikers at Percy Perry Stadium.

The Strikers took the lead on the quarter-hour mark as Mary Ronau found the back of the net, but the Whitecaps hit back quickly with two goals in two minutes to take the lead. French tied the game in the 19th minute, and Marissa Mykines gave the Whitecaps the lead a minute later off the first of Jenna Richardson’s two assists.

The Whitecaps added to their lead just before the halftime break, French heading home Richardson’s cross in the 42nd minute, and Vancouver’s defense was able to make the lead stand and earn their side all three points.

THURSDAY

LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 1, NEW JERSEY WILDCATS 0:
The Long Island Rough Riders took an important victory in the Atlantic Division as Kaila Sciascia scored the only goal in their victory against the New Jersey Wildcats at the College of New Jersey.

The game was scoreless at the break, but the Rough Riders were able to find a breakthrough in the 64th minute when Grace Hawkins slid a through-ball for Sciascia to run on to, and the forward made no mistake in slotting her shot into the back of the net.

Long Island almost doubled its lead, only for a goal to be called offside, but the Rough Riders defense was able to hold onto its slim advantage and move into first place in the division ahead of the Wildcats.

SATURDAY

COLORADO RUSH 1, SANTA CLARITA BLUE HEAT 1:
The Santa Clarita Blue Heat rallied to earn a point on the road against the Colorado Rush at Valor Christian Stadium as Laura Luis’ second-half goal earned her side a draw.

The Rush had taken the lead in the 24th minute as Danica Evans created a chance for Samantha Harder, who finished for her first goal of the season. The Blue Heat got back on even terms in the 64th minute, however, as Edite Fernandes found Luis for a finish.

Both teams had chances to take victory, with the two teams combining for 30 shots, but Rush goalkeeper Megan McCain was able to make 12 saves to keep her side in the contest and leave honors even.

LAVAL COMETS 2, ROCHESTER RAVENS 0: The Laval Comets got second-half goals by Nkemjika Ezurike and Danielle Wu to take victory against the Rochester Ravens at the Aquinas Institute.

Both players came on as halftime substitutes as Laval had been unable to turn their attacking superiority into goals. Ezurike was finally able to find a breakthrough in the 69th minute, and Wu added a second eight minutes later to wrap up the victory.

SUNDAY

SEATTLE SOUNDERS 4, LA STRIKERS 0:
The Seattle Sounders Women stayed in touch with the Pali Blues at the top of the Western Conference standings as Veronica Perez had a hat trick in their victory against the LA Strikers in front of a capacity crowd at the Starfire Sports Complex.

Perez opened the scoring in the 21st minute as she latched onto a pass from Stephanie Cox before lifting her finish into the back of the net. Kate Deines then doubled the Sounders lead five minutes before halftime as she headed home a corner that was flicked on by Keelin Winters.

Perez then grabbed her second just two minutes into the second half before capping her hat trick in the 66th minute, curling in a shot from the top of the penalty area.

The Sounders host the conference-leading Blues on Wednesday night aiming to close the four-point lead Pali has opened up with their perfect start to the season. The game will be available on USLNation.com, with kickoff set for 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

LAVAL COMETS 2, HAMILTON FC RAGE 1: The Laval Comets took first place in the Central Conference with a 2-1 win against the Hamilton FC Rage at McMaster University to complete a two-win weekend.

After a scoreless first half, the Comets took the lead in the 54th minute as Catherine Charron-Delage opened the scoring, but the Rage were able to hit back soon after through Christina Thornton. Laval was able to claim all three points with 15 minutes to go, however, as they were awarded a penalty that Vanessa Legault-Cordisco put away to earn her side victory.

RESULTS
Tuesday, June 12

Virginia Beach 5, Dayton 0

Wednesday, June 13
Ottawa 2, Quebec City 0
Vancouver 3, LA Strikers 1

Thursday, June 14
Fredericksburg 3, Dayton 2
Colorado Rapids 0, Santa Clarita 0
Long Island 1, NJ Wildcats 0

Friday, June 15
Central SC 2, Charlotte 2
Atlanta 5, Tampa 0
LA Strikers 2, Victoria 1

Saturday, June 16
Quebec City 4, London 2
North Jersey 7, NJ Rangers 0
Laval 2, Rochester 0
Charlotte 2, Atlanta 2
D.C. United 5, Northern Virginia 1
Virginia Beach 0, Fredericksburg 0
Colorado Rush 1, Santa Clarita 1

Sunday, June 17
Toronto 3, Quebec City 1
Laval 2, Hamilton 1
Long Island 1, New York 0
Seattle 4, LA Strikers 0
Tampa 2, FC Jax 1

SCHEDULE
Wednesday, June 20

Colorado Rush at Colorado Rapids, 4:30 p.m. MT
FC Jax at Central SC, 7 p.m. ET
Toronto at London, 7 p.m. ET
Laval at Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET
Northern Virginia at Virginia Beach, 7 p.m. ET
Fredericksburg at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. ET
Long Island at North Jersey, 8 p.m. ET
Santa Clarita at Victoria, 7 p.m. PT
Pali at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT

Friday, June 22
Hamilton at Quebec City, 7 p.m. ET
Charlotte at Atlanta, 7 p.m. ET
LA Strikers at Colorado Rush, 7:30 p.m. MT
Pali at Victoria, 7 p.m. PT
Santa Clarita at Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT

Saturday, June 23
Ottawa at London, 1 p.m. ET
Long Island at NJ Wildcats, 4 p.m. ET
NJ Rangers at New York, 4 p.m. ET
Fredericksburg at Dayton, 5:30 p.m. ET
FC Jax at Tampa, 6 p.m. ET
Atlanta at Central SC, 6:30 p.m. ET
Virginia Beach at D.C. United, 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, June 24
Ottawa at Toronto, 1 p.m. ET
LA Strikers at Colorado Rapids, 1 p.m. MT
Pali at Vancouver, noon, PT
Hamilton at Laval, 3 p.m. ET
North Jersey at New York, 4 p.m. ET
Santa Clarita at Seattle, 1 p.m. PT

   
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