Vancouver Whitecaps win Second W-League Championship
W-League Championship All-Tournament Team announced
Vancouver Whitecaps News Release - www.whitecapsfc.com
 
Sunday, August 6, 2006
 
VANCOUVER, BC -- The Whitecaps claimed their second W-League Championship in three years, with a hard-fought 3-0 victory over the Ottawa Fury, before a frenzied crowd of 4,218 at Swangard Stadium.

Defender Martina Franko had a goal and an assist, while Christine Sinclair netted the first-half winner, and was named the W-League Championship Tournament MVP.

Defender Sasha Andrews also played a key role, scoring the third goal as we'll as clearing the ball off the line early in the game to prevent Ottawa from scoring.

The Whitecaps had the edge in shots 13 to 5, as goalkeeper Erin McLeod made one save to claim her eighth shutout on the year.

The Whitecaps became the fourth team in W-League history to win a second championship. Previous teams to accomplish the feat are the Boston Renegades (2001, 2002), Raleigh Wings (1998, 1999) and Long Island Lady Riders (1995, 1997).

Scoring Summary:
33' Vancouver Christine Sinclair (Tiffeny Milbrett)
A throw-in from the right found Milbrett at the near post, and she neatly played it across Sinclair who had snuck it an the far post and had a simple tap-in for her third of the playoffs and 12th on the year.

45' Vancouver Martina Franko
The ball broke to Andrea Neil in the box and she layed it off for Christine Sinclair who blasted on net from 15 yards. Goalkeeper Leisha Alcia made the big save, but the ball fell to Franko in front and she steered it in past a defender on the line for her second of the playoffs and third of the season.

74' Vancouver Sasha Andrews (Martina Franko)
Franko's cross from a free kick on the left side of midfield was met in the air by defender Sasha Andrews who powered her header in off the left post. It was her first goal of the season.

Game Notes:

Ottawa had their chances. At 16' Rhian Wilkinson fed Amy Vermeulen who is in on goal. She slipped it past Erin McLeod, but defender Sasha Andrews got back to slide and clear the rolling ball off the line. The Fury had another breakaway at 53' as Rhian Wilkinson outpaced the defence, but Erin McLeod came out quickly and blocked the shot with her feet. It was McLeod's only save.

Milbrett has scored in all six home games that she has played for Vancouver. Erin McLeod's career record for Vancouver is now 28W-0L-5T.
 
 
W-League Championship All-Tournament Team announced
 
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
 
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the W-League Championship All-Tournament Team Tuesday, honoring 11 of the top players from the Final Four event held in Vancouver this past weekend.

Headlining the list is forward Christine Sinclair of Vancouver, who named the Championship Most Valuable Player following the Whitecaps’ 3-0 victory over the Ottawa Fury in the first-ever all-Canadian final.  The Canadian international scored three goals with two coming in their 5-0 semifinal victory over Seattle and one in the championship against Ottawa. She who was joined by teammates Tiffeny Milbrett, Martina Franko and Sasha Andrews.
 
W-League Championship All-Tournament Team
GK – Lisa Brookens (Seattle) – One goal allowed, 12 saves in 118 minutes
D – Martina Franko (Vancouver) – Two goals and an assist
D – Sasha Andrews (Vancouver) – Goal, goal-line clearance in championship
D – Robyn Gayle (Ottawa) – Goal-line shot block in semifinal
D -  Heidi Hollenbeck (Charlotte) – Solid play in both matches
M – Lindsey Patterson (Seattle) – Game-winner for Third Place
M – Ashley Swinehart (Charlotte) – Goal, shot off crossbar in Third Place game
M – Rhian Wilkinson (Ottawa) – Outstanding play in both games
F – Tiffeny Milbrett (Vancouver) – Goal and an assist
F – Amy Vermeulen (Ottawa) – Goal in semifinal
F – Christine Sinclair (Vancouver) – Three goals, Championship MVP
 
 
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