Sunday, July 29, 2012

Eclipse Select alumna Ellenwood nets goal in WPSL Elite final

Ashleigh Ellenwood
Eclipse Select Soccer Club alumna and Chicago Red Stars forward Ashleigh Ellenwood (Trail Creek, Ind.) scored a goal, but it was not enough for Chicago as the Western New York Flash would eventually win the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite League championship in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday.

The Red Stars and Flash played to a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime and Western New York took the shootout 4-2.

Ellenwood, who is headed to Arkansas to start her collegiate career in mid-August, had the shining moment for the Red Stars with a 41st-minute goal that gave Chicago a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

It appeared that her goal would hold up, but in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time, Western New York found the equalizer to force the two 15-minute overtime sessions.

Friday, July 27, 2012

In the Academy: PA Classics head coach Steve Klein

During the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs in late June, I had the pleasure of sitting down with PA Classics head coach and former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Steve Klein.