Equalizer Soccer http://womens.soccerly.com The No. 1 Source for Women's Professional Soccer News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:28:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Flash trade Australian Kerr to Sky Blue FC http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/24/wny-flash-trade-sam-kerr-sky-blue-fc/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/24/wny-flash-trade-sam-kerr-sky-blue-fc/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:28:34 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17661 Sam Kerr has been traded to Sky Blue FC. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Sam Kerr has been traded to Sky Blue FC. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Australian forward Sam Kerr is headed to Sky Blue FC in the latest trade made by the Western New York Flash. In exchange for Kerr’s rights, the Flash receive the No. 4 overall pick in January’s NWSL College Draft as well as the rights to midfielder Elizabeth Eddy.

Western New York now owns four of the top seven picks in the 2015 draft: third, fourth, sixth and seventh. But that comes at the price of one of the Flash’s best players, Kerr, who scored nine goals and added four assists in 2014.

“Parting ways with Sam was a tough decision, but what it came down to was making the best business decision for the club,” Flash general manager and head coach Aaran Lines said. “We view this deal as a 3-for-1. We are now bringing in a player in Elizabeth Eddy, who I think very highly of, the fourth overall pick in the draft and the ability to sign an international player.”

Earlier this fall the Flash traded top player Carli Lloyd to Houston, then sent defender Katherine Reynolds and midfielder Angela Salem to Washington and Amy Barczuk to Boston. Most recently the Flash sent former captain McCall Zerboni and defender Kathryn Williamson to Portland for midfielder Amber Brooks and swapped goalkeepers with Washington.

Kerr, 21, will miss a significant part of the 2014 season with Australia for the World Cup and preparations. Kerr is currently playing for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League. Her Matildas teammate and friend Caitlin Foord played with Sky Blue FC in 2013 and 2014.

“This is a huge acquisition for Sky Blue FC,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra said. “Sam is one of the most promising young players in the world and has been at the top of our list of players we have attempted to acquire. She has great pace combined with incredible and versatile attacking qualities that make her one of the elite forwards in our league.”

Sky Blue FC still holds the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Eddy, 23, was selected in the fourth round (No. 33 overall) of the 2014 NWSL College Draft by Sky Blue FC. She played with the LA Blues (formerly Pali) from 2010-14.

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Germany dominate England on big day at Wembley http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/23/germany-dominate-england-on-big-day-at-wembley/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/23/germany-dominate-england-on-big-day-at-wembley/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:24:13 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17656 Celia Sasic scored twice for Germany in a 3-0 win over England. (Getty Images)

Celia Sasic scored twice for Germany in a 3-0 win over England. (Getty Images)

Germany ruined England’s debut at Wembley Stadium, beating the hosts 3-0 behind a pair of goals by Célia Šašić.

What was nearly a dream start quickly turned into a nightmare for an England side trying to prove it can compete with the world’s best going into the 2015 World Cup.

England midfielder Jordan Nobbs stole the ball from the opening kickoff — taken by Germany — and fired a shot off the crossbar 15 seconds into the match to electrify the Wembley crowd of over 45,000.

But Germany went ahead in the 6th minute, courtesy of an own goal by England defender Alex Scott. Melanie Behringer whipped in a corner kick toward Simone Laudehr, who just missed the ball with her head. But the ball skipped off of Scott’s head and into the net.

By the 12th minute, it was 2-0 as Fara Willims gave the ball away near midfield and Šašić led the counterattack for Germany. England defender Lucy Bronze failed to step to Šašić in time, and the German forward calmly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.

Šašić scored her second goal of the match right before halftime, heading in a cross from Tabea Kemme.

“We need to correct our defensive errors but we have to remember we’ve got six months or so before the World Cup starts – it doesn’t start in December, it starts in June and we’ll learn some valuable lessons from today,” England coach Mark Sampson said.

Williams had a chance to pull England closer four minutes earlier, but her half-volley didn’t give goalkeeper Almuth Schult much trouble.

England settled into the match in the second half — partly a result of Germany taking its foot off the gas and making several substitutions — but the home side never looked threatening in the match after that opening opportunity.

England midfielder Karen Carney earned her 100th cap, playing all 90 minutes. It was Šašić’s 99th appearance for Germany.

A crowd of 55,000 was expected, but around 10,000 fans didn’t turn up amid bad weather and local transport closures. Attendance had been capped at 55,000 due to preexisting transport issues.

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Virginia, Kentucky took different paths to Rd. of 16 http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/23/virginia-kentucky-meet-sweet-16-ncaa-tournament/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/23/virginia-kentucky-meet-sweet-16-ncaa-tournament/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:16:30 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17657 Makenzy Doniak and Virginia are into the third round of the NCAA tournament again. (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

Makenzy Doniak and Virginia are into the third round of the NCAA tournament again. (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

On Friday in Charlottesville, Va., the two teams that punched a ticket to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament did so in different ways. Hosts Virginia advanced by sticking to what’s worked for them so many times before. Kentucky’s advancement to the third round for the first time in program history required making a significant change.

Right before ending the team’s final practice before Friday’s game, Wildcats head coach Jon Lipsitz and his coaching staff decided to make an adjustment to the lineup. He moved Kelly Novak back to a defensive midfield position and pushed Courtney Raetzman higher into an attacking midfield role. The move paid massive dividends as Raetzman lead the way offensively for the Wildcats with a goal and an assist. In the end, Wildcats won the against Arizona State, 3-1.

Postgame Lipsitz explained the considerations that went into changing the lineup.

“We made a decision from the first moment of the game that we going to attack,” he said. “We weren’t going to worry about what was going to happen. We were going to get after them…I talked to Kelly about the need to have a rotation at holding mid or we otherwise we wouldn’t survive the weekend. And we’re not going to play here for one game, we’re here for two.”

In the nightcap on Friday, the Cavaliers met a Rutgers squad known for it’s stingy defense and well organized backline. Although the Cavaliers had several very promising chances in the first half, including when Morgan Reuther got in behind the Scarlet Knights and had only the the keeper to beat with less than a minute left, they were denied a goal.

Despite being shutout in the first half, Virginia continued to methodically control the possession and continued to build up looking for quality chances. After all, it was nothing new for the Cavaliers; Rutgers was playing Virginia they way most did, with numbers behind the ball.

“We felt like we were right there,” Makenzy Doniak said of the first 45 minutes. “All we needed was our first goal and that would open the gates for us a little bit. At halftime we had to settle down and just play our style. Just because it was 0-0 doesn’t mean that you need to go forward 100 percent. Just keep the ball. We did that in the second half.”

The Cavaliers stuck to their patient attacking style and early into the second half, they were richly rewarded. Virginia scored three goals in the span of seven minutes to win the affair 3-0.

After leaving the first half prematurely with a dislocated shoulder, sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe returned to the field to lead the way for the Cavaliers. She assisted the team’s second goal and scored the third. Now in her first two seasons with Virginia, Ratcliffe has managed to accumulate a double digit goal total in both.

On Sunday, the Cavaliers will find themselves in very familiar territory, not only playing in the third round of the tournament but hosting it as well. Meanwhile, Kentucky will be somewhere they’ve never been before. The Wildcats have already shown this weekend they can have success with the unfamiliar. Kentucky and Virginia will face off at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.

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Diani scores in debut, lifts France past New Zealand http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/kadidiatou-diani-eugenie-le-sommer-goal-france-beats-new-zealand-highlights/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/kadidiatou-diani-eugenie-le-sommer-goal-france-beats-new-zealand-highlights/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:05:12 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17653

France defeated New Zealand, 2-1 on Saturday in Laval, France, in an international friendly six months ahead of the World Cup.

Eugénie Le Sommer scored a cracking half-volley to open the scoring in the 10th minute and Kadidiatou Diani scored the game-winner in her senior team debut.

Helen Collins scored in stoppage time to give the Football Ferns a consolation prize as they aim to get out of the group stage at a senior World Cup for the first time next year in Canada.

France’s victory comes a month after a huge win over world No. 2 Germany. Next up for France is a home match against Brazil on Wednesday.

Le Sommer was denied a second spectacular goal in the 20th minute when her scissor-kick was headed off the line by Rebekah Stott.

Gaëtane Thiney also had several opportunities to extend the lead for France, hitting the crossbar in the 54th minute and failing to get a shot off on an unoccupied net in 14 minutes later in an odd series of events.

Wendie Renard’s header in the 38th minute forced New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler into a diving save.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup standouts Griedge M’Bock Bathy, Claire Lavogez and Diani all saw time for France.

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Netherlands, Italy tie in Leg 1 of playoff final http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/netherlands-italy-uefa-world-cup-playoff-final-leg-1/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/netherlands-italy-uefa-world-cup-playoff-final-leg-1/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:00:45 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17649 The Netherlands and Italy tied 1-1 on Saturday in the first leg of the UEFA Women’s World Cup qualifying playoff final in The Hague, Netherlands.

Melania Gabbiadini opened the scoring for Italy in the 19th minute, giving Italy a critical away goal.

But 18-year-old Vivianne Miedema tied the match for The Netherlands in the 54th minute.

Leg two will be played on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy.

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No. 1 seeds roll into Sweet 16 of D-I tournament http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/ncaa-tournament-sweet-16-set/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/ncaa-tournament-sweet-16-set/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:41:16 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17646 All four No. 1 seeds advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament with victories on Friday.

UCLA smacked Harvard 7-0 in the final game of the day, while Florida State rolled past Northeastern 3-0, Texas A&M rolled past Arizona 7-2 and Stanford held on against Arkansas, winning 1-0.

Elsewhere, No. 2 seed Virginia defeated Rutgers 3-0, while fellow No. 2 seed North Carolina edged Colorado, 1-0. UCF upset No. 4 seed Wisconsin, 3-2.

Other scores:

#4 Pepperdine 4, Illinois State 0
South Carolina 0, Seattle 0
#3 Kentucky 3, Arizona State 1
#2 Florida 3, Cal 1
#2 Penn State 1, UConn 0
Virginia Tech 4, Georgetown 3
#3 Texas Tech 2, Auburn 1
#4 Washington 1, Missouri 0
#4 Notre Dame 2, Texas 1


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Packed slate of international matches set to begin http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/international-matches-england-germany-wembley-uefa-playoff-final/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/international-matches-england-germany-wembley-uefa-playoff-final/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:11:13 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17644 The World Cup is a little over six months away now, and the number of international matches is kicking into high gear. That all starts Saturday, with Leg 1 of the UEFA Women’s World Cup qualifying playoff final between The Netherlands and Italy. Here are the games to keep an eye on:


Netherlands vs. Italy (12:30 p.m. ET, Leg 1 of UEFA WWCQ playoff final, ADO Den Haag Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands)

France vs. New Zealand (12:30 p.m. ET, Stade Francis Le Basser, Laval, France)


England vs. Germany (1o a.m. ET on FS2 in United States; Wembley Stadium, London, England)


Sweden vs. Canada (5 p.m. ET in Los Angeles; closed-door match)


Norway vs. New Zealand (5 p.m. ET, Randaberg Arena, Randaberg, Norway)


France vs. Brazil (12:30 p.m. ET, Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France)

Sweden vs. Canada (10 p.m. ET, Los Angeles; closed-door match)


Netherlands vs. Italy, 2:30 p.m. ET (Leg 2 of UEFA WWCQ playoff final, Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy)

Norway vs. New Zealand (12 p.m. ET,Randaberg Arena, Randaberg, Norway)

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NWSL ref Berry faces child pornography charge http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/nwsl-ref-berry-faces-child-pornography-charge/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/22/nwsl-ref-berry-faces-child-pornography-charge/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:50:34 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17636 NWSL referee Timon Berry (left, in green), faces child pornography charges. (Photo Copryight Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

NWSL referee Timon Berry (left, in green), faces child pornography charges. (Photo Copryight Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

Timon Berry, a regular referee in the National Women’s Soccer League, faces child pornography charges, according to Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO 7.

In a statement to The Equalizer early Saturday, Professional Referee Organization (PRO) said Berry is “suspended from all referee program activities by U.S. Soccer, which also means he is suspended from all assignments administered by PRO,” who provides and assigns referees for the women’s professional league.

FBI agents reportedly arrived at the 28-year-old’s Bellingham, Wash., home in January after an investigation which began in 2012. According to KIRO 7 reporter Deborah Horne, the FBI found “more than 1,300 emails about pornography on his computer,” including “sexually explicit images of children. Berry reportedly posed online “as a 15-year-old interested in dating other girls.”

According to court documents obtained by KIRO 7, Berry told FBI agents he “liked pornography … especially … role-play scenarios.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports “investigators found several photos and at least one video showing the rape of preteen girls.”

Berry took part in 10 NWSL matches in 2014, serving as head official in seven of them, including Seattle Reign FC’s 2-1 semifinal win over the Washington Spirit on August 24. He also referees at lower youth and college levels.

Berry was arrested on Monday and his arraignment is set for Dec. 1.

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Averbuch to play with Arsenal at Nestlé Cup http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/21/averbuch-to-play-with-arsenal-at-nestle-cup/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/21/averbuch-to-play-with-arsenal-at-nestle-cup/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:12:43 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17634 Yael Averbuch will play for Arsenal in December as a guest player. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Yael Averbuch will play for Arsenal in December as a guest player. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

FC Kansas City midfielder Yael Averbuch will play for Arsenal as a guest player at the International Women’s Club Championship from Nov. 30 – Dec. 6.

Averbuch signed with the reigning National Women’s Soccer League champions earlier in the month after considering a move overseas. Arsenal are now coached by former Western New York Flash assistant coach Pedro Martinez Losa.

“I spoke to Pedro about possibly joining Arsenal for the season, but did not feel ready to make the move back overseas,” Averbuch said. “While contemplating the idea, he invited me to join the team as a guest player in the International Women’s Club Championship.”

Arsenal will play against the winner of Australian team Melbourne Victory and the Japanese 2014 Nadeshiko League Series Champion in a one-legged semifinal on Dec. 3 in Tokyo. The competition, previously known as the Mobcast Cup and now called the Nestlé Cup International Women’s Club Championship, is the default women’s world club championship, although it is not sanctioned as that by FIFA.

Averbuch will fly to England to join Arsenal for training on Wednesday before carrying on to Japan.

“I’ve always believed that the more training and game environments I can take part in, the better I will be able to become,” Averbuch said. “To play with different players, for a different coach, and in a new country against competition I have never seen are all wonderful learning experiences. I’m just trying to soak up everything I can on the field and adapt to whatever is asked of me.”

Averbuch played for the Washington Spirit in 2014, playing in 22 games and registering a goal and an assist. She became a free agent following the season after losing her status as a U.S. Soccer subsidized player. Avebuch previously played in Europe in Russia, Sweden and most recently in Cyprus.

The competition schedule and format is below, via Japan women’s soccer blog Full Bloom:

Six teams that will compete:

Melbourne Victory (Australian W-League champions)
São José Esporte Clube (South American champions)
Arsenal Ladies (FA Women’s Cup winners)
Asia Women’s Club Championship winners (to be decided on November 27th)
Okayama Yunogo Belle (Nadeshiko League Regular Series champions)
Nadeshiko League Exciting Series Champions (to be decided by November 24th. If Okayama Yunogo Belle win the Exciting Series, then the team finishing second in the Exciting Series will compete, and will play in Match 2. Belle will play in Match 1).

First Round Matches, to be played on November 30th, in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture

Match 1:
Nadeshiko League champions – Asia Women’s Club Championship winners

Match 2:
Okayama Yunogo Belle (see note above) – Melbourne Victory

Semi-Final Matches, to be played on December 3rd, in Tokyo

Match 3:
Winners of Match 1 – São José Esporte Clube

Match 4:
Arsenal Ladies – Winners of Match 2

Third-place Play-off, to be played on December 6th, in Tokyo

Match 5:
Losers of Match 3 – Losers of Match 4

Final Match, to be played on December 6th, in Tokyo

Match 6:
Winners of Match 3 – Winners of Match 4

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Vela out as New Mexico coach after hazing incident http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/21/kit-vela-new-mexico-coach-fired-hazing/ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/11/21/kit-vela-new-mexico-coach-fired-hazing/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:28:30 +0000 http://womens.soccerly.com/?p=17625 Kit Vela (right) will not be retained as New Mexico coach after 14 seasons. (August 20, 2014.     REUTERS/Joe Kolb)

Kit Vela (right) will not be retained as New Mexico coach after 14 seasons. (August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Kolb)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico says women’s soccer coach Kit Vela will not return to the school after a season that included discipline for a hazing incident.

School officials said Thursday that Vela’s contract will not be renewed after 14 seasons. She had a 122-104-45 record in 14 seasons with the Lobos.

The team was 10-6-2 this season, finishing third in the Mountain West before losing in the conference tournament semifinals.

Vela was suspended for a week without pay and 22 players were suspended for one game after the hazing episode in August.

[GRAINEY: Hazing responsibility falls on New Mexico coaches]

An internal investigation showed underclassmen were humiliated by being forced to perform inappropriate gestures and the hazing was an ongoing tradition in the Lobos women’s soccer program.

Two players were hospitalized from excessive alcohol consumption as part of the hazing event that reportedly lasted more than two hours.

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