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Our October 2011 issue is now live!

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Darci Vierra: Back on the field … and then back off the field

Since my post last Tuesday, I’ve had some good news and some bad news. Good news was that the doctor finally cleared me to play again, so I was able  to play against East Bridgewater! Bad news, however, was that we lost, 3-0. To someone just looking at the score it might seem as if my team didn’t put up much of a fight, but the game really was pretty even. Our downfall, as usual, was that we couldn’t finish the ball. We rebounded the next week though with a 5-0 win against Hull and a 2-0 win against Mashpee. Against Mashpee, I assisted the first goal and scored the second. But, this is where my bad news comes back into play. With three minutes left in the game, I managed to get a concussion. So, back to square one – waiting to get cleared by the doctor once again. I’m hoping I’ll be back playing next week. (more…)


Bundesliga, Matchday 5: Duisburg continues hot run

By Olaf Goldbecker

1.FFC Frankfurt v SC Bad Neuenahr 2:0 (0:0)

Frankfurt continues to win games in an unconvincing way. A crossbar shot by Lira Bajramaj after a wrong free kick decision was the best Frankfurt had to show in the first half, while Bad Neuenahr had a few chances on counter attacks. In the second half, the home team got stronger but still was not playing like a top team. A more than doubtful penalty decision helped them to get on track, Sandra Smisek converted after 71 minutes. Japanese defender Saki Kumagai decided the game with six minutes left on the clock.

Check out the rest of today’s Bundesliga’s matches: (more…)


Week 7: Match of the Week – Harvard tops Yale

Harvard vs. Yale
When: Saturday, October 1
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Reese Stadium, New Haven, Conn.

Final: Harvard 2-1 (OT)

1st Half:
Yale: 1- Meredith Speck, assist by Kristen Forster (17’)

2nd Half:
Harvard 1-Melanie Baskind, assist by Patricia Yau (60’)

Overtime:
Harvard 2-Peyton Johnson, penalty kick (93’)

By Dan Hajducky

Yale vs. Harvard is an athletic rivalry that has been storied since the beginning of American collegiate sports history.  The names of the two schools side by side on the scoreboard elicit ancient emotion from bystanders.  Harvard opened their halls to students in 1636, and Yale in 1701, and their first athletic competition against each other was on the football gridiron in 1875.

Harvard came out on top tonight on this picture-perfect fall New England day. Peyton Johnson scored the winning goal off of a penalty kick to lead the Crimson to a 2-1 overtime win over the Bulldogs. (more…)


Our Game Magazine has a new home

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We moved over some of the content to the new site, including the player blogs. So check out our new revamped Our Game website and be on the lookout for some exciting new content and a few surprises.


Lisa-Marie Woods: A whole new focus

As I write this, I am sitting on the ferry on my way from Denmark to Norway. We have just beaten Brondby, 2-1, in a well-played game that was broadcast on national television. As you might know by now, Brondby won the league this year, and we came in second. I feel that is a fair result after all. We won two games against them and they won two games against us. We had the chances to come out as number one, but we failed when it counted most. Silver is not bad, even though it only is best of the losers. My journey with the team has been up and down. While I have been on the team, we have played some fantastic games, but unfortunally we have also played some
terrible games. That’s also what separates a number one team from a number two team. (more…)


Jordan Angeli: ‘I won’t let an injury determine my fate’

4, 1.5, 2, and 20. These numbers have been running through my mind lately and here is why…

4 – It’s been 4 days since my 25th birthday. Twenty-five, wow what a milestone. A quarter of a century. Halfway through my 20s. Alright, I better stop before I start getting down. I can’t explain why, but after I hit this milestone, I almost had a quarter-life crisis! Luckily for me, I soon realized that you don’t have to have life figured out by 25, just as long as you are trying to find your way. I will be fine, right?!

1.5 – It has been 1.5 weeks since my surgery. Everything went well the day of surgery. I was pumped to get my journey started up until I actually started driving over to the surgery center on May24th. On that rainy Colorado morning, I got very quiet. Something you may not know about me is that is not a very normal thing. (more…)


Interviews with Emma Part 7: A Conversation with Atlanta’s Keeley Dowling

Emma with Keeley Dowling

By David Bayer

When Keeley signed with the Beat in the off-season, the only thing I heard about her was that she has an incredible vertical leap. After meeting her, we found there are many incredible things about her. She’s warm, friendly, unassuming, and has a smile that leaps out at you. (more…)


WPSL Week in Review: Rain score 14 in two games, young FC St. George side tops Utah

By Kaeley McEvoy

As the opening month of the WPSL came to a close this Memorial Day weekend, the league saw competition increase greatly in the Big Sky and East-Mid-Atlantic conferences. Although a majority of the league took a hiatus this past weekend to celebrate the holiday, or more likely to get a few more training sessions in before the opening weekend of June, other teams used this weekend as an opportunity for double headers to get a leg up on the competition. (more…)


Our June 2011 issue is now live!

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Morgan Brian named Gatorade Player of the Year

Morgan Brian of Frederica Academy in Georgia, who also plays club for Ponte Vedra Soccer Club in Jacksonville, Florida, was named as the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year. The 18-year-old midfielder was a member of the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team and took part in her first U-20 USWNT camp in January. Atlanta Beat defender Cat Whitehill presented Brian with the award. (more…)


W-League Week in Review: Teams settling in and competition heats up

By Kaeley McEvoy

Memorial Day weekend certainly brought out the best in W-League competition as teams from every conference competed fiercely to conclude the first month of competition in the 2011 season. Now entering its third week of play, the W-League is becoming extremely competitive as teams are beginning to find their legs and learn to work cohesively to enhance the level of play on every coast. (more…)


Fortuna Hjorring and Brondby secure Champions League spots

By Ciara McCormack

It’s been a good week for Our Game’s Lisa Woods. First named to Norway’s World Cup squad on Thursday, today Woods’ club team Fortuna Hjorring, secured a 3-0 win over third-place Skovbakken, guaranteeing Fortuna and Brondby as the two teams that will represent Denmark in next year’s Champions League. (more…)


Maria Karlsson: Home sweet home

I love to travel, to be abroad, meet new people and new cultures, to taste new food and get new experiences, and since January all that has been a big part of my life. I’ve really enjoyed my first four months in England and all the new experiences I’ve had and all new people I’ve met.

Last week, Kylla Sjoman and I were in Barcelona and Rome. It was a lovely week with sun, ice cream, sea, tapas, FC Barcelona, new friends, pizza, Colosseum, and espresso. The foreign girls in Doncaster (Kylla, Aine, and I) have had a good time at Ramada Hotel, but Kylla and I didn’t miss the hotel food when we ate home cooked pasta in Italy. It was lovely! In Barcelona, we watched FC Barcelona’s last home game for the season. The game was average, but the celebrations after were the most amazing I’ve ever seen. More than 70,000 people congratulated the Spanish Champions, and I really look forward to tonight’s Champions League game. I feel prepared after being at both Old Trafford and Camp Nou the last months. I hope we’ll see a well played game between two tactical teams that want to attack. (more…)


World champion Germany announces World Cup roster

By Olaf Goldbecker

Germany Head Coach Silvia Neid announced the squad which is expected to defend the title at the 2011 World Cup in the nation of the reigning champion. Two world champions of 2007 did not make the final cut. Defender Sonja Fuss (FCR Duisburg) and forward Anja Mittag (Turbine Potsdam) will have to watch this year’s competition on TV. Also taken off the roster were defender Josephine Henning (Turbine Potsdam) and forward Conny Pohlers (1.FFC Frankfurt), as well as keeper Lisa Weiss (SG Essen-Schönebeck). (more…)


Interviews with Emma Part 6: A Conversation with Atlanta’s Lauren Sesselmann

Emma with Lauren Sesselmann

By David Bayer

We’re back to the Beat, but not just any Beat player…an original Beat player. In fact, the only original Beat player still with the team. (Lori Chalupny joined mid-season in 2010) As such, we’ve had many occasions to meet Lauren ( Emma must have a couple hundred of her autographs), but this was our first “real” conversation. (more…)


Olympique Lyonnais takes revenge on Potsdam, wins Champions League

By Olaf Goldbecker

Olympique Lyonnais cared for an end of the German dominance in the Women’s Champions League. With a 2-0 win against Turbine Potsdam, they took revenge for the loss after a penalty shootout in the previous season. It was Olympique’s and France’s first international club title in women’s soccer. (more…)


Stephanie Labbe: Guess who’s back?

Well, today was officially the first day back between the pipes today with my gloves on since I tore my PCL three and a half weeks ago! The fact that I am moving the way I am, with no feeling of pain or weakness still amazes me. Back on May 1, when I suffered my injury, naturally, I NEVER thought I would be doing as much as I am at this time. Since I woke up on May 2, I had a goal to be back for World Cup, and I haven’t looked back once. (more…)


Lisa-Marie Woods: Yes or No?

Yesssssss!

I have been anxious to write this blog, as I knew I would wait until the roster for the WWC got released. It could have been a day of joy or a day of misery. As I told you in the last blog, I had an exciting week ahead of me, which was last week. It was the week where I had the national team camp as well as the cup final against Brondby. We all knew that this was our last chance to prove ourselves good enough for the World Cup team, and I had to give everything to prove that I would be the right selection. (more…)


Norway releases its World Cup roster

The Norwegian Women’s National Team announced its World Cup roster this morning. Coach Eli Landsem named 19 players and will add two more prior to the World Cup. Lene Storløkken (LSK Kvinner) Lise Klaveness (Stabæk) are recovering from injury and still could make the squad, but are still being assessed. The roster features six players from the 2010 Norwegian Football Cup champions Røa, including former Lene Mykjåland, who played last year for the Washington Freedom of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). (more…)


WNY Flash midfielder Caroline Seger named WPS Player of the Week

Caroline Seger in action against magicJack (ISI Photos)

After her two-goal performance led the Western New York Flash to a 3-0 win over magicJack on Sunday, Flash midfielder and captain Caroline Seger earned WPS Player of the Week honors for gameweek 7. The Swedish international becomes the fourth Flash player in a row to win the award.

“I’m very happy to have won this, but I want to say thanks to my teammates because without them I wouldn’t have gotten this,” Seger told Our Game Magazine. “They make me play well and it’s easy to be good when you have 10 others that help you out there.” (more…)


Christie Welsh, Demian Brown make first W-League appearances of season

By Kaeley McEvoy

Two new faces made their W-League debut this week – one player and one coach – both looking to make an immediate impact on their respective clubs. On the East Coast, former U.S. Women’s National Team player Christine Welsh joined the newly established D.C. United Women. Welsh, a WUSA and WPS veteran, joins United as both a player and an assistant coach. Welsh’s resume is overwhelmed with national team experience, international excellence, and collegiate glory. During her first full year with the national team in 2000, Welsh scored 11 goals in 15 games. Her college scoring record, as a Penn State Nittany Lion, is equally as impressive with 82 goals and 53 assists in her four-year career at Penn State. She was honored as the first ever four-time NSCAA All-American in the history of women’s collegiate soccer and by winning the M.A.C. Hermann Award during her junior year. (more…)


W-League Week in Review: Teams already racing toward playoffs

By Kaeley McEvoy

After the second weekend of W-League competition, each division of the league has begun its own competitive race towards the playoffs. After a sampling of games in its opening the weekend, the league finished the weekend of May 22 and
23 with more than 20 teams taking a progressive step towards or a small leap away from W-League glory. (more…)


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