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If You Can See This October 11, 2010

Posted by Jenna Pel in Uncategorized.
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Then you’re among the chosen few.

 

If you can’t, I’m sorry. We hope to have everything back up and running again shortly.

 

I knew I never should have criticized Pia Sundhage’s tactics.

A Few Notes For Your Sunday Evening October 10, 2010

Posted by Jenna Pel in Notables.
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  • New Zealand will be appearing in the country’s third Women’s World Cup after ploughing through the OFC Women’s Nation’s Cup. Oceanic WWC qualifying resembles the early stages of the college football schedule in which the big teams absolutely devastate Division III schools with names like Coastal Southwest Vocational College with scores of 63-0.  Considering the 14-0, 10-0, 7-0, 8-0 and 11-0 score lines, perhaps the Ferns actually were playing American football. If that’s the case, Ali Riley was definitely employed as a safety. Wouldn’t it be fun to imagine what it would be like if New Zealand ditched the OFC and followed Australia into the AFC?

 

  • According to this website, Playa del Carmen will no longer be a host site in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying. Cancun will instead stage all the matches.

 

  • The final UEFA WWC qualifying playoff matches (the one before the final UEFA/CONCACAF WWC qualifying playoff matches) between Switzerland and Italy will be played October 22 or 23 in Italy and on October 27 or 28 in Switzerland. (Thanks Charles)

 

 

  • There were some shock results in the Frauenbundesliga this week and by shocking I mean woeful, not surprising. Wannabes Wolfsburg showed their top-half-of-the-table credentials as they beat a Duisburg side that has been ravaged by injuries. Both USV Jena and Essen-Schönebeck got shut out by a combined score of 15-0. Jena drops back into the relegation zone, much like that team on Merseyside. Why do I bother supporting football clubs?

 

  • Elsewhere, Herford managed to score a goal but only after Bayer Leverkusen scored five. And Jessica Landström collected her first goal for Frankfurt in the team’s 8-0 demolition job of Essen-Schönebeck.

 

  • Thank goodness women don’t play soccer like this anymore. It would make our job that much harder.

 

  • A new USWNT tab has been added above. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner.

 

  • Midterms will keep me away for most of the week but keep checking in for more of Chris’ incomparable NCAA coverage, a mention or two of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32, continued discussion of the USWNT, a few interviews and an appearance from Shek Borkowski.

NCAA Soccer Review – 10/09/10 – Klamser Stunner Rescues Waves October 10, 2010

Posted by Chris Henderson in NCAA Women's Soccer.
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Rebecca Klamser

Rebecca Klamser's Long Range Strike Helped Pepperdine Grab A Point Against Loyola Marymount

Loyola Marymount 1 (Sorentino 61′) – 1 (Klamser 88′) Pepperdine [Attendance: 309]

In a pulsating local derby, Pepperdine fought for a late equalizer that earned them a share of the points against Loyola Marymount but that did little for either side’s hopes of postseason play. After a relatively even first half had finished scoreless, it would take until the hour mark for the home side to make the breakthrough. The Lions would combine on a brilliant team move to grab the opener, Darien Pyka’s through ball being picked up by Tawni Martino who crossed across the face of goal, leaving Lily Sorentino an easy finish from short range. With victory in their sights, the Lions would be undone by a blockbuster from Rebecca Klamser. The junior forward let fly from forty yards with a brilliant effort that beat Brittany Jagger and settled in the upper-right corner of the goal to send the match to extra time. The Waves almost came back to win it in extra time, Jagger just getting enough of the ball to deny Anisa Guajardo in the second half of extra time on a 1v1. It was one of seven saves, many of them acrobatic, from Jagger who was excellent in net for the Lions. Going beyond regulation was nothing new for these sides, having gone beyond ninety minutes six times in the last seven seasons.
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NCAA Soccer – 18 Matches That Matter for 10/10/10 October 10, 2010

Posted by Chris Henderson in NCAA Women's Soccer.
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Lauren Barnes

UCLA's Lauren Barnes Will Play A Huge Role if The Bruins Are To Shut Down Stanford on Sunday

(All times listed are Eastern.)

UCLA vs Stanford (4:00)

Stanford survived being thrown to the lions at the Coliseum and now have a likely Pac-10 decider against the Bruins at Drake in Los Angeles. This is, of course, a rematch of last year’s NCAA semi-final which saw Christen Press settle matters in extra time to deny Jillian Ellis’ side once more. The Bruins have been all over the place in 2010, but their win over Notre Dame shows that, on their day, UCLA can down just about anybody in the country. The Bruins will have to be at their very best to run with the Cardinal though, and given UCLA’s fitful form on Sundays this year, that might be a big ask.
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NCAA Soccer Review – 10/09/10 – Dunn Downs Virginia In Extra Time October 9, 2010

Posted by Chris Henderson in NCAA Women's Soccer.
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Crystal Dunn

Crystal Dunn Came Through In The Clutch Again for UNC Against Virginia

Virginia 0 – 1 (Dunn 99′) North Carolina [aet] [Attendance: 1983]

Still just a freshman, Crystal Dunn showed why she’s one of the best players in the country after her dramatic extra time goal sealed a precious three points for the Tar Heels on the road in a match not without its fair share of controversy. Unheralded Kelly McFarlane would play a defense splitting pass to the charging Dunn who cut inside the area diagonally before slotting a perfect finish past the keeper and off the foot of a defender into the roof of the net. Elizabeth Burchenal nearly gave the visitors the lead after twenty minutes, seeing her shot ding the post. Talking point number one would come ten minutes after the half when Morgan Stith’s slide rule pass set Lindsey Miller away 1v1 vs Anna Sieloff. Sieloff made a tremendous kick save that saw the ball rebound off a charging Megan Brigman. The ball popped up into the air and looked to have dropped, at least partially, over the line. Brigman kept her wits about her and was able to turn the ball away with a header. Meghan Lenczyk came charging in to try and half-volley the ball into the goal but somehow only managed to drill it off Sieloff who fell on the ball. The Cavs’ protested that the ball had crossed the line but were denied. Chantel Jones would make a trio of saves in the final ten minutes of regulation to send it to extra time. Another talking point would happen when a UNC header off a corner in the fifth minute of the extra session went in the goal but was disallowed due to a dubious foul. Dunn would ensure that decision wouldn’t loom as large a few minutes later as North Carolina got themselves right back into the ACC title hunt.
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Pictures from the Canada vs. China Friendly October 9, 2010

Posted by Lissa in Canada, Christine Sinclair, International Friendlies.
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To conclude our coverage of Canada’s September 30th friendly against China, here are some pictures from that night. Hope everyone enjoyed the reports and interviews! Keep coming back to AWK for the latest news and discussions on women’s soccer from around the globe. Thanks for reading!

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Photo Gallery #5 of the Oct. 3 Stanford v. Santa Clara Game October 9, 2010

Posted by Julie Logan in NCAA Women's Soccer.
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The camera’s only job is to get out of the way of making photographs. – Ken Rockwell

There are three key elements to a photograph: the photographer, the subject and the viewer. The surrealists photographers believed there should be no artistic intent, just the viewer and the art. Intent comes from them, not the artist. I’m not quite that surreal, but I do believe that without the act of sharing, a photograph is reduced to nothing more than the click of a button.  So thanks for checking these galleries out this week, and pester Jenna if you want to see more!

[this is the final part of a series that unfolded over this week. (5/5)]


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NCAA Soccer – 2 Matches That Matter for 10/09/10 October 9, 2010

Posted by Chris Henderson in NCAA Women's Soccer.
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Nkem Ezurike

Nkem Ezurike Will Be Key To Any Michigan Hopes of An Upset Against Michigan State

(All times listed are Eastern.)

Michigan vs Michigan State (7:00)

The Spartans find themselves fighting for their at-large lives after a fairly unspectacular season so far. Michigan haven’t really been pulling up any trees either, and this state derby could be curtains for whoever comes up on the short end of the stick in Ann Arbor. Oddly enough, despite their inferior record, Michigan finds itself in a better position in the computers going into Saturday night’s showdown. The Wolverines’ next three matches are all very doable, and if the hosts can rack up wins, they could very well sneak themselves into the NCAA Tournament a year or two ahead of schedule.
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NCAA Soccer Review – 10/04-10/07 – Maryland Late Show Stuns Boston College October 8, 2010

Posted by Chris Henderson in NCAA Women's Soccer.
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Amy O'Sullivan

Amy O'Sullivan's Goal Was the Catalyst To Maryland's Dramatic Comeback Against Boston College

Boston College 1 (Mewis 61′) – 2 (O’Sullivan 76′, Deegan 90′) Maryland [Attendance: 453]

A dramatic fightback in the final quarter of an hour left Boston College stunned in Chestnut Hill as Maryland departed with a smash and grab win to boost their ACC title hopes. As much of the home crowd had resigned themselves to extra time, the Terps’ Colleen Deegan rose highest as Ashley Grove took a corner kick, heading the ball past Jillian Mastroianni with just eight seconds left to leave the home side devastated. After a scoreless first half that had seen Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun make five saves to keep her side in it, BC would strike first blood right after the hour mark through Kristie Mewis. Patrice Vettori’s service into the box found Mewis who outraced a pair of Terps to the ball before finishing from eight yards past Balogun. A clanger from Mastroianni let the Terps back onto level terms after the normally reliable Eagles keeper fumbled a Megan Gibbons cross allowing Amy O’Sullivan to finish from close range. With the visitors in the ascendency BC must have hoped for a chance to regroup before extra time, but Deegan’s header would ensure they wouldn’t get that opportunity. The stats sheet would read mostly even, but Balogun’s saves in the first half would prove vital for the Terps who notched their second massive win in three ACC matches.
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Photo Gallery #4 of the Oct. 3 Stanford v. Santa Clara Game October 8, 2010

Posted by Julie Logan in NCAA Women's Soccer.
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Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the “ah-ha.” -Ernst Haas

I don’t use a massive 400mm 2.8f lens, mainly because it’s expensive and beautiful, but there is one big catch when using such a fantastic telephoto lens: if the action get’s too close, you’re out of luck. It’s easy to get caught up in the viewfinder and the action on the field, forgetting your surroundings. Forgetting you can move back or to the side.  So I always like to think of this quote, keep it in my back pocket, when going to photograph a game. Keep my feet mobile.

Hope you enjoy the series, there’s only one more day left!

[this is part of a series that will unfold over this week. Check back each morning for more photographs from this game. (4/5)]


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