|WPSL veteran Shannon Cross nets Player Of The Week honors as she led Orange County to two wins over the weekend
Courtesy of the Women's Premier Soccer League Official Website @ www.wpsl.info
SACRAMENTO, CA (06/21/11) - Its now a month before the end of the regular season after this past weekend's action in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), and the stretch drive has begun in earnest in all five conferences. While some individual performances helped keep their respective teams in the post-season race, others helped cement the top-of-the-table status for their sides.
The Orange County Waves of the Pacific Conference had their toughest test of the season, and after falling behind by a 2-0 score to the San Diego SeaLions, it took a combination of team play and individual achievement to come out with the 3-2 victory. In that vein of thought, we name WPSL veteran Shannon Cross as the WPSL Player Of The Week in the sixth edition of our 2011 weekly awards.
For the full lineup of the WPSL Team Of The Week, see below:
F Shannon Cross (ORANGE COUNTY WAVES) - WPSL Player Of The Week
The 2010 All-Pacific Conference selection scored four goals in two wins over the weekend, including the first two in a 3-2 come-from-behind road win against the SeaLions.
F Jasmyne Spencer (LONG ISLAND FURY)
The 2010 All-ACC selection for the University of Maryland scored two goals and an assist in the Fury's 3-2 win over the New York Fury and 1-1 draw vs. the CFC Passion this past week.
MF/F Sarah Brochu (NEW ENGLAND MUTINY)
The young Mutiny star assisted on the first goal and scored the game-winner in a 2-1 win over defending WPSL champion Boston, and seemingly played the entire pitch vs. SoccerPlus CT.
MF Megan Fisher (IOWA RUSH)
The 2010 All-Missouri Valley Conference selection for Drake University scored both goals in Iowa's 2-1 road win over the Minnesota Kings, good for the team's first victory of the season.
MF Kiki Bosio (ORANGE COUNTY WAVES)
The former WPSL National Championship MVP registered three assists in two wins, plus was the player fouled for the penalty kick resulting in the game-winning goal against San Diego.
MF Rosie Tantillo (SAN DIEGO SEALIONS)
The former F.C. Gold Pride star was the work-horse in the middle against the Waves, threading balls and creating opportunities. She also scored for the SeaLions in their 3-0 win over Los Angeles.
MF Vanessa DiBernardo (CHICAGO RED STARS)
The 2010 Big Ten Conference Freshman Of The Year tallied the eventual game-winner off a corner kick to lead Chicago to a 2-0 victory over 2010 WPSL National Semifinalists F.C. Milwaukee.
MF Alex Melin (MADISON 56ERS)
The young University of Iowa standout controlled the midfield, created opportunities and scored the first goal of the game in a 3-2 win over Eclipse Select.
MF/D Emi Lawson (NORTH BAY F.C. WAVE)
The Cal-Berkeley star makes her second straight appearance on the WPSL TOTW, as she scored the GWG & dominated the midfield in an important 2-0 win over defending North Division champion California Storm.
D Kristin Grubka (GULF COAST TEXANS)
The soon-to-be Florida State Seminole was solid all weekend against defending Sunshine champion FSA Freedom (4-1 W) and Tampa Bay Hellenic (1-1 T), while assisting on the goal against Hellenic.
D Jessica Hnatiuk (ASA CHESAPEAKE CHARGE)
The Johns Hopkins University junior & second-year starter for the Charge stepped up with the loss of veteran Emily Janss, helping the team to wins in the WPSL and a USASA Region I title.
GK Nicole Ulrick (F.C. BUCKS)
The George Washington University goalkeeper played exceptional in the second half of the 2-1 win over Millburn, making two game-saving stops from point blank range.
HONORABLE MENTION: F Kate Schwindel (NEW YORK A.C.) - the U.S. U-17 National Team member & future West Virginia Mountaineer netted a hat-trick against BuxMont Torch F.C., keeping NYAC at the top of the Mid-Atlantic Division; F Robin Sutherland (ARKANSAS COMETS F.C.) - the former Rogers State standout had her best game of 2011 as she scored a hat-trick in Arkansas' 4-0 win over Tulsa Spirit; F Shayla Bergeron (ALBANY ALLEYCATS) - the UAlbany star scored the game-winner for the Alleycats' first victory of 2011 against her former side, Northeast Division leaders Boston Aztec U-23; F Annie Hamel (BRANDON FLAMES F.C.) - the former F.C. Indiana & Ottawa Fury star laced the boots back up, notching a goal and a assist in a 3-1 victory over South Florida; F Chrissy Gratz (PALM BEACH UNITED) - the East Carolina forward scored the game-winning goal in PBU's first win of 2011, a 1-0 verdict over South Florida; MF Claire Thompson (NEW JERSEY BLAZE) - the Rider University midfielder scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Chelsea Metro; MF Marissa Mykines (SPOKANE SHINE) - the University of Illinois star scored in both Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Portland Rain U-23 and Sunday's 3-0 win over the same side; D Emily Menges (LONG ISLAND FURY) - the 2010 All-BIG EAST Rookie Team member marked the New York Fury's speedy forward Sharee Gray out of the game.
About the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL): The WPSL is a 60-plus team national league for the Summer 2011 season competing in five conferences 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.
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