Friday, July 29, 2011

Red Stars gear up for WPSL semis

Sammy Scofield -- Chicago Red Stars
Chicago Red Stars Communications

CHICAGO -- The 2011 Women's Premier Soccer League Championship field is set, with four organizations making their way to the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex out of a 62-team field.

The host Chicago Red Stars face Tampa Bay Hellenic in the second semifinal match this Saturday at Benedictine (3 p.m. kickoff). The defending WPSL champion Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves open the tournament against the Orange County Waves at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the semifinal winners square off in the 2011 WPSL National Championship at 1 p.m. at Benedictine.

The host Red Stars (10-1-0) won the Midwest Conference and take on Tampa Bay Hellenic (10-1-1), the winner of the Sunshine Conference. Chicago joined the WPSL this season after two campaigns in Women's Professional Soccer, and needless to say the Red Stars are currently the hottest team in the league with a 10-game winning streak.

The Red Stars are led by Michele Weissenhofer, who has nine goals, eight assists and 26 points; and Amanda Cinalli, who leads Chicago with 10 goals while also contributing an assist and 21 points. The Red Stars have been dominant both offensively and defensively all season. During Chicago's past six matches, the team has outscored its opponents by a staggering 30-0 margin. For the year, the Red Stars have an incredible 43-4 scoring advantage.

CLICK HERE for the live webcast for both semifinal matches.


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