Blues Defeat Washington Freedom in Title Game, 2-1
Boyds, Md. (Friday, August 7, 2009) â€“ Drama surrounded nearly every minute of the 2009
championship game of the USL W-League tonight at the Maryland SoccerPlex, but the end result was
the same as that of the 2008 finale.
After building a 2-1 lead in the second half against the defending W-League champion, the
Colorado Force fell 5-2 to the Pali Blues in the first round of the W-League playoffs Saturday
night in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The Force took a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute on a goal by Nikki Marshall, her second of the
The defending W-League champions, the Pali Blues, powered past the Colorado Force 3-0 on Friday
night in Pacific Palisades, Calif., clinching the Western Conference title for the second
The Blues improved to 8-0-3, good for 27 points. Second-place Seattle, 3-0-6, can do no better
than 24 points.
Real Colorado midfielder Taryn Hemmings heads toward the goal in the first half on
Friday at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch.(photo by George
Despite a flurry of scoring chances by Becca Mays in the second half, the Pali Blues made a
first-half goal stand up for a 1-0 victory on Friday night over the Real Colorado Cougars at Shea
Stadium in Highlands Ranch.
The defending W-League champion, the Pali Blues from Pacific Palisades, Calif., come to Colorado
for two matches, starting tonight.
The Blues play at 6:30 p.m. today against the Real Colorado Cougars, and they travel to Loveland
to play the Colorado Force at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Sunday match is the Force's only afternoon match
at the Loveland Sports Park this season.
The Real Colorado Cougars won two games during a three-game swing in Southern California,
beating Ventura County and Los Angeles and falling to W-League powerhouse Pali Blues.
Beth West, Becca Mays and Brittney McDonald scored for the Cougars in a 3-1 victory over Ventura
County, and Kellyn Farrell, a right midfielder who is a recent graduate of South Dakota State,
assisted on all three goals.