Killion, Stengel power 6-1 win vs. Washington
W-League News Release
Sunday, July 27, 2014
BRADENTON, Fla. – Sarah Killion had a goal and two assists and Katherine Stengel scored twice as the LA Blues captured the title at the 2014 W-League Championship presented by Nike with a 6-1 win against the Washington Spirit Reserves at IMG Academy Stadium.
Killion, a senior at UCLA and a member of the US U23 Women’s National Team, was named W-League Championship MVP as the Blues captured their fourth title in seven seasons.
“At the end of the day players win championships, and this is probably one of the best rosters I’ve ever had in my career,” Blues Manager Charlie Naimo said. “Not just talent-wise, but the way they became a team. I’m going to miss the hell out of this group.”
Washington had the first opportunity to get on the board in the fifth minute when Emily Bruder got in alone, but LA goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe stepped up to snare the shot.
The Blues opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a feed from the right wing by Taylor Smith eluded a defender, and Stengel was able to settle and send the ball into the left side of the net past keeper Adelaide Gay. LA’s Elizabeth Eddy nearly doubled the margin in the 35th minute, but her long shot from the right side of the box hit the post and was cleared.
Mele French made it 2-0 just before the halftime break when Killion received a pass behind the defense and laid it off to the regular-season MVP for an easy tap-in.
Stengel added her second in the 53rd minute, beating a defender and firing a hard shot inside the far post, and Killion made it 4-0 with a perfectly placed free kick inside the right post in the 68th minute.
Washington pushed back in the 74th minute when Virginia Tech star Katie Yensen tucked home shot at the far post after a nice play from Emily Bruder, but four minutes later LA’s Caprice Dydasco restored-the four-goal lead when she beat Gay to the near post with a 20-yard strike.
Paige Nielsen finished the scoring in the 84th minute after a good overlapping run and service from Abby Dahlkemper.
“We got some early goals and that really helped us to set the tone,” said Stengel, who tallied four goals in two games at the finals. “We all worked hard and played for each other and were very unselfish, especially going forward. We had a lot of different people scoring, so that definitely helps”
CHARLOTTE LADY EAGLES 1, OTTAWA FURY FC 1 (Ottawa wins 4-1 in PKs): The Fury outlasted the Lady Eagles 4-1 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in regulation during the W-League Consolation Final. All four Ottawa shooters were able to find the net from the spot, while Fury keeper Maryse Bard-Martel stopped Leah Fortune’s shot and Charlotte’s Amanda Naeher shot wide.
The match was marred by a long injury delay in the first half, as Charlotte goalkeeper Robyn Jones collided with an Ottawa forward and was removed from the field on a stretcher. She was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
Not long after the delay Ottawa got on the board first when Courtney Raetzman took a feed from Teresa Rynier and fired a left-footed shot from 22 yards into the top left corner.
Charlotte found the equalizer in the 45th minute when it was awarded a free kick from the top of the Fury box and Fortune curled a shot over the wall and into the top left corner.