Carly Peetz

Colorado Force

Peetz discusses being drafted by Breakers

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On Friday, Carly Peetz, a defender with the Colorado Force and the University of Nebraska, was selected by the Boston Breakers in the Women's Professional Soccer draft. Her Force teammates, CU's Nikki Marshall and Kansas' Estelle Johnson, also were drafted. caught up with Peetz after she had some time to celebrate being picked.

WPS teams select three from Force roster; DU’s Hemmings taken by Boston

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Three members of the 2009 Colorado Force were selected in Friday's Women's Professional Soccer draft, including the University of Colorado's Nikki Marshall, who was taken by the Washington with the seventh overall pick.

The Force also had two central defenders drafted. The University of Kansas' Estelle Johnson went to Los Angeles in the third round, and Nebraska standout Carly Peetz was taken in the sixth round by Boston.

Western Conference’s Best 11

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From left: Sally Cole, Brittney Macdonald, Iris Mora, Kay Hawke and Jenae Gibbons.Â
(photos by Tom Auclair, Zane Tanner, George Tanner/

I enjoyed the 2009 W-League season so much that I decided to put together an all-conference team based on the games we covered at ColoradoSoccerNow.

Goal scoring for Force, Cougars

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Today, The Tuesday List takes a look at the final goal-scoring totals for Colorado's two W-League teams. Each team played 12 games in the regular season.

Lisa Franke, 4 goals
Nikki Marshall, 4 goals
Emmalie Pfankuch, 4 goals
Jessica Boots, 1 goal
Monica Dolinsky, 1 goal
Carly Peetz, 1 goal
Molly Thomas, 1 goal

Kellyn Farrell, 4 goals
Taryn Hemmings, 3 goals
Becca Mays, 2 goals
Jenna Owens, 2 goals
Brianna Pugh, 2 goals
Brittney Macdonald, 1 goal
Beth West, 1 goal
Brianne Young, 1 goal

Force rolls over Vancouver 3-0, claims sole possession of second place

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Colorado Force midfielder Lisa Kosena traps a pass during the first half of her team's 3-0 victory over Vancouver on Friday night in Loveland. (photo by Tom Auclair/

With a shot at the W-League playoffs on the line, the Colorado Force put it all together Friday night.

Force earns 2-1 win at Ventura County

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Striker Lisa Franke and defender Carly Peetz scored as the Colorado Force topped the Ventura County Fusion 2-1 on Sunday at Ventura, Calif.

The Force (2-2-6) jumped to 12 points in the W-League's Western Conference, pulling into a fourth-place tie with the Real Colorado Cougars. If Colorado wins Tuesday against the L.

Four-game unbeaten streak on the line

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Shay Powell returned to action Wednesday after injuring her left knee against Real Colorado.
(photo by George Tanner/


The Colorado Force hopes to extend its four-match unbeaten streak when it hosts the Los Angeles Legends at 7 p.

Force hosts Ventura County on Wednesday

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The Colorado Force will attempt to win its first game of the season tonight as Brazilians Fabiane Nascimento and Paula Pires and the rest of the Ventura County Fusion visits the Loveland Sports Park.

Pires played for Brazil's U-20 national team in the U-20 World Cup last fall, a tournament that also featured Force midfielder Nikki Marshall.

Depleted Force holds Pali to 0-0 tie

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The Colorado Force was missing some heavy hitters Sunday against the defending W-League champions.

Central defender Carly Peetz was invited to train with the U.S. U-23 national team.

Shay Powell hurt her left knee last week in a 2-2 tie with the Real Colorado Cougars; she wanted to play in Sunday's matinee against the Pali Blues, but the Force kept her out of the game as a precaution.

Late goal helps Cougars earn 2-2 draw

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Jestina Orlando, left, fends off Cougars striker Beth West in the first half of Real Colorado's 2-2 tie with the Colorado Force on Thursday in Loveland. (photo by George Tanner/

Brianne Young scored on a free kick in the 88th minute as the Real Colorado Cougars salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Force on Thursday at the Loveland Sports Park.

No equalizer despite strong second half

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Sounders right back Kelli Smith clears a header off the goal line after a Colorado Force corner kick during the first half in Loveland. Seattle won 1-0 on Wednesday. The play was the closest the Force came to scoring. (photo by Zane Tanner/

Michelle French scored in the 32nd minute as the Seattle Sounders began a two-game road swing through the Centennial State with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Force on Wednesday at the Loveland Sports Park.

2009 Colorado Force, position by position

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As the Colorado Force begins its season at 7 p.m. tonight against Seattle at the Loveland Sports Park, we take a look at the players who the Force will rely on most heavily in 2009:

Kara Linder

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
College: University of Colorado
Major: integrative physiology, interested in pre-pharmacy
—Linder missed most of last season, but Coach Craig Deacon says he has high expectations for her this year.

Force opens season Wednesday

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Last season, the Colorado Force finished fourth in the W-League's Western Conference, with a record of 3-6-3. The team turned in strong performances against the top teams in the conference and was in contention for the playoffs until the final two games of the season.Â

Coach Craig Deacon said he hopes to draw confidence from that.

Marshall, Peetz return for 2009

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Nikki Marshall and Carly Peetz, both recently invited to the pool of potential players for the U.S. women's U-23 national team, will return to the Colorado Force for its 2009 season, and the team will welcome two new players from the University of Nebraska.

The Force, which plays in the United Soccer Leagues' W-League, will open its season against the Seattle Sounders on May 27 in Loveland.

The Rest

Nebraska scores shortly before, after halftime in 3-0 shutout of Bears

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Northern Colorado's Laura Wayland, left, pressures Nebraska defender Blair Slapper on Saturday at Jackson Stadium in Greeley. Â (photo by George Tanner/

What's the old sports adage? Don't ever let the other team score right before halftime?

Big 12 coaches pick CU to finish third; five Coloradans on All-Big 12 team

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The University of Colorado soccer team was picked to place third in the Big 12 Conference in a preseason vote of league head coaches, the Big 12 announced Wednesday.

Colorado is coming off of a fourth-place regular-season finish and a trip to the Big 12 Championship game, where the Buffs fell 1-0 to Missouri.