2011 Women's Professional Soccer season

The 2011 Women's Professional Soccer season is the third season for the WPS, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The season started with the opening match on April 9, with the 2011 WPS Championship scheduled for the weekend of August 27–28.[2]

Women's Professional Soccer
Season2011
ChampionsWestern New York Flash
Matches played54
Goals scored150 (2.78 per match)
Top goalscorerMarta, WNY;
Christine Sinclair, WNY (10) [1]
Biggest home winPHI 6-0 mJ
Biggest away winATL 1-4 BOS
NJ 1-4 WNY
Highest scoringPHI 4-3 NJ
Highest attendance15,404 WNY vs. mJ (July 20)
Lowest attendance864 mJ vs. ATL (May 29)
Average attendance3,518
2010

Changes from the 2010 SeasonEdit

Competition Format/ScheduleEdit

  • The regular season will begin on April 9 and end on August 14, with most teams playing few games during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The playoffs will be held during the last two weeks of August and end with the WPS Championship presented by Citi on either August 27 or 28.
  • Each team will play a total of eighteen games, two at home and two away against every other team minus one home game for one opponent and one away game for a different opponent.
  • The playoff format was identical to that of the 2010 season. The four teams with the most points from the regular season qualified for the playoffs. The third- and fourth-placed regular season finishers played each other in the single-match First Round, with the winner traveling to face the second-placed regular season finisher in the Super Semifinal midweek. The Super Semifinal winner then traveled to face the first-placed regular season finisher in the WPS Championship.
Abbreviation and Color Key:
Atlanta Beat - ATL • Boston Breakers - BOS • magicJack - mJ
Philadelphia Independence - PHI • Sky Blue FC - NJ • Western New York Flash - WNY
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Atlanta Beat BOS NJ WNY WNY mJ PHI NJ mJ PHI mJ BOS NJ BOS PHI mJ PHI WNY WNY
1-4 1-0 2-2 3-0 2-0 1-2 3-0 4-0 0-0 2-3 0-0 1-0 2-0 0-1 0-0 1-0 0-2 2-0
Boston Breakers ATL WNY mJ NJ PHI WNY PHI NJ mJ NJ ATL ATL WNY PHI mJ WNY mJ NJ
1-4 1-2 1-0 1-0 2-0 3-2 1-1 2-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 2-0 2-2 0-1 4-0 2-1 0-2 2-0
magicJack BOS PHI ATL WNY ATL BOS ATL PHI PHI NJ WNY ATL NJ BOS NJ BOS WNY PHI
1-0 2-1 2-0 3-0 4-0 2-1 2-3 6-0 3-1 2-2 3-1 0-0 0-2 4-0 3-2 0-2 1-2 2-1
Philadelphia Independence NJ mJ BOS ATL BOS WNY ATL WNY mJ mJ NJ WNY ATL NJ BOS ATL NJ mJ
2-2 2-1 2-0 1-2 1-1 1-2 0-0 0-1 6-0 3-1 4-3 2-1 0-1 2-0 0-1 1-0 2-1 2-1
Sky Blue FC PHI ATL BOS WNY ATL BOS WNY BOS ATL PHI mJ WNY PHI mJ WNY mJ PHI BOS
2-2 1-0 1-0 3-1 3-0 2-1 2-2 0-0 1-0 4-3 2-2 0-2 2-0 0-2 1-4 3-2 2-1 2-0
Western New York Flash BOS ATL ATL NJ BOS mJ PHI NJ PHI PHI NJ mJ BOS NJ BOS ATL mJ ATL
1-2 2-2 3-0 3-1 3-2 3-0 1-2 2-2 0-1 2-1 0-2 3-1 2-2 1-4 2-1 0-2 1-2 2-0

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Western New York Flash 18 13 3 2 40 18 +22 42 2011 WPS Championship
2 Philadelphia Independence 18 11 3 4 31 18 +13 36 2011 WPS Super Semifinal
3 magicJack 18 9 2 7 29 29 0 28[a] 2011 WPS Playoffs
4 Boston Breakers 18 5 4 9 19 24 −5 19[b]
5 Sky Blue FC 18 5 4 9 24 29 −5 19[b]
6 Atlanta Beat 18 1 4 13 7 32 −25 7
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points, 2) goal difference, 3) head to head result.
Notes:
  1. ^ magicJack were deducted a point for various league violations.[6]
  2. ^ a b BOS: 7 pts; SKY: 4 pt

PlayoffsEdit

  First Round
August 17, 2011
Super Semifinal
August 20, 2011
WPS Championship
August 27, 2011
                           
    1 Western New York Flash 1(5)
    2 Philadelphia Independence 2     2 Philadelphia Independence 1(4)
3 magicJack 3     3 magicJack 0  
4 Boston Breakers 1

AwardsEdit

Player of the WeekEdit

Week Player of the Week Club Week's Statline
Week 1   Allie Long Sky Blue FC NJ 2-2 PHI[permanent dead link]
Week 2   Allison Lipsher Atlanta Beat 11 SVS, SHO
Week 3[permanent dead link]   Allison Lipsher Atlanta Beat 10 SVS
Week 4[permanent dead link]   Christine Sinclair Western New York Flash 2 G, GWG
Week 5[permanent dead link]   Marta Western New York Flash 2 A, 1 G, GWA
Week 6[permanent dead link]   McCall Zerboni Western New York Flash 1 A, 2 G, GWG
Week 7[permanent dead link]   Caroline Seger Western New York Flash 2 G
Week 8[permanent dead link]   Abby Wambach magicJack 3 G, GWG
Week 9[permanent dead link]   Meghan Klingenberg Boston Breakers 1 A, 1 G, GWG
Week 10   Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 6 SVS, SHO
Week 11   Verónica Boquete Philadelphia Independence 3 A, 1 G
Week 12   Casey Nogueira Sky Blue FC 1 G, GWG
Week 13   Natasha Kai Philadelphia Independence 3 G
1 G
Week 14[permanent dead link]   Verónica Boquete Philadelphia Independence 1 G
Week 15[permanent dead link]   Christine Sinclair Western New York Flash 1 A, 2 G, GWG
BOS 2-2 WNY
Week 16[permanent dead link]   Verónica Boquete Philadelphia Independence 1 G, GWG
1 G, GWG
Week 17[permanent dead link]   Abby Wambach magicJack 2 G
2 G, GWG
Week 18[permanent dead link]   Lauren Cheney Boston Breakers 2 G, GWG

Player of the MonthEdit

Month Player of the Month Club Month's Statline
May   McCall Zerboni Western New York Flash 2 G, 2 A in 5 games; Flash 5-0 in May
June
July

WPS Year End AwardsEdit

Award Player Club Notes
Michelle Akers Player of the Year   Verónica Boquete Philadelphia Independence Also earned league’s top honor as MVP
WPS Defender of the Year   Whitney Engen Western New York Flash Started and played the full 90 in all but one game
US Coast Guard Goalkeeper of the Year   Ashlyn Harris Western New York Flash Led the league in regular season goals per game average (1.00)
US Soccer Federation Rookie of the Year   Christen Press magicJack First-ever hat trick scored by a rookie on July 30, 2011
WPS Coach of the Year   Paul Riley Philadelphia Independence Led his team to a seven-game unbeaten streak and playoff final
Citi Sportswoman of the Year   Nikki Krzysik Philadelphia Independence Team captain selected by her peers for exemplary leadership
PUMA Golden Boot (Top Scorer)   Marta Western New York Flash Scored ten goals, earning her third consecutive award

Source: 2011 WPS Year End Awards[7]

2011 WPS Best XIEdit

Player Position Squad
Ashlyn Harris Goalkeeper Western New York Flash
Whitney Engen * Defense Western New York Flash
Kia McNeill Defense Philadelphia Independence
Nikki Krzysik Defense Philadelphia Independence
Ali Riley Defense Western New York Flash
Veronica Boquete * Midfield Philadelphia Independence
Caroline Seger Midfield Western New York Flash
Jen Buczkowski Midfield Philadelphia Independence
Christine Sinclair * Forward Western New York Flash
Marta Forward Western New York Flash
Abby Wambach Forward magicJack

* – unanimous selection
Source: WPS Announces Best XI of 2011

StatisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Minutes
  Abby Wambach magicJack Atlanta 4–0 May 28, 2011 9', 67', 89'
  Natasha Kai Philadelphia Sky Blue 4–3 July 6, 2011 3', 38', 58'
  Christen Press magicJack Boston 4–0 July 30, 2011 36', 76', 83'
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals
  • 5 Player scored 5 goals

DisciplineEdit

StreaksEdit

Home Team RecordEdit

(Regular season only)

  • 30 wins, 14 losses, 10 ties - 1.852 PPG
  • 92 goals for, 58 against - +34 GD

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2011 goal scorers". womensprosoccer.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "WPS Finalizes Calendar for 2011 Season". WPS. December 8, 2010. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  3. ^ "Teams Confirmed for 2011 WPS Season". WPS. November 16, 2010. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "Red Stars Planning to Suspend Operations". WPS. December 13, 2010. Archived from the original on December 17, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  5. ^ wpsl.info Archived April 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine; Red Stars are Back! Joining WPSL for 2011
  6. ^ "WPS Imposes Punishment on magicJack with Point Deduction, Loss of Draft Picks". allwhitekit.com. May 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "WPS Announces 2011 Year End Awards". WPS. August 17, 2011. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  8. ^ "Breakers Beat Sky Blue, Clinch Playoff Berth". WPS. August 14, 2011.[permanent dead link]

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