%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%WUSA PLAYER OF THE WEEK - TIFFENY MILBRETT, NEW YORK: For the second consecutive week, Tiffeny Milbrett of the New York Power has been named the WUSA Player of the Week. Milbrett recorded the first hat-trick in WUSA history by notching three goals in a 3-1 win over the Boston Breakers on June 22. The hat-trick also made Milbrett the first player to record three multi-goal games. Milbrett tallied in the 45th, 75th and 88th minutes as the Power erased a 1-0 deficit. Milbrett continues to lead the league in goals with 10 and points with 22. She has scored the last seven Power goals. Milbrett is the second player to be named WUSA Player of the Week for consecutive weeks.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%WEEK 11 RECAPS
Bay Area CyberRays 3, Philadelphia Charge 0
Coming into Wednesday night?s game against the Charge, the CyberRays were on a hot-streak having won twice and tied once in their last three games. A large part of the credit for that hot-streak goes to goalie LaKeysia Beene who recorded shutouts in all three games. Well, make it three wins and a tie in their last four games, and make it four shutouts in a row for Beene, a new WUSA record. Facing a team that was handicapped by injuries and national team call-ups, the CyberRays wore down the Charge and put three tallies on the board in the second half - one by Katia and two by Julie Murray. The game saw the first action since Week 1 for Charge keeper Melissa Moore who had injured her hand.
San Diego Spirit 3, Washington Freedom 2
With the season approaching it?s mid-point, the San Diego Spirit knew that a win over the Freedom was needed to jump-start their season and put them back into playoff contention - mission accomplished. The Spirit jumped out of the gates and scored three goals in the game?s first 27 minutes to build an impressive early lead over Washington, but they had to sweat over it. Shannon MacMillan found the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season to kick-off the scoring. Jen Mascaro followed that up with two scores of her own to put the Spirit up before the Freedom were even warmed up. Washington got on the board 10 minutes later on an own goal that was deflected off of the Spirit?s Fan Yunjie. They also scored in the second half on an unassisted goal by Amanda Cromwell. However, goalie Jamie Pagliarulo held off the Freedom attack from that point on to capture the team?s third win of the season.
New York Power 3, Boston Breakers 1
Tiffeny Milbrett scored the first hat trick in WUSA history as the New York Power came from behind to down the Boston Breakers 3-1 Friday night at Mitchel Athletic Complex. The Breakers were first to score in the 26th minute as Angela Hucles notched her second goal of the season. The Power, Milbrett specifically, charged back to tie the game just before half. In the second half the New York captain showcased her scoring prowess by tacking on a second in the 75th minute and the historic third at the 88th minute mark.
Atlanta Beat 1, Carolina Courage 1
Exemplifying the parity that exists in the WUSA, the Atlanta Beat and Carolina Courage battled to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Fetzer Field. Carolina defender Staci Burt scored her first goal of the season in the 57th minute to put the Courage up 1-0. The Beat response came from forward Charmine Hooper, who notched her 4th goal of the season to deadlock the game. The Beat now sit alone in second place in the WUSA standings while the Courage remain in last.
Bay Area CyberRays 0, San Diego Spirit 0
The San Diego Spirit, playing their third game in the last eight days, faced the Bay Area CyberRays and the league?s hottest goalkeeper in LaKeysia Beene. The scoreless match was played in front of a near capacity crowd at Torero Stadium. With her fifth consecutive shutout, Beene extended her league-record shutout streak to 527 minutes as the CyberRays stretched their unbeaten streak to five games. San Diego fired 14 shots at Beene, putting seven on goal, but she got in front of every one. The scoreless tie was just the fifth in league history.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%SHE?S BAAAAAAACK! The San Diego Spirit announced today that they have activated WUSA Founding Player Joy Fawcett, who gave birth to her third daughter Madilyn Rae on June 5. The defender will re-join her teammates at practice sometime this week, but will start off with only light running and ball work once she is medically cleared. No date has been set for her WUSA debut.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%DON?T GET TOO CLOSE: On the Wednesday, June 27th edition of ESPN?s Up Close the Bay Area CyberRays? Brandi Chastain and the San Diego Spirit?s Julie Foudy will be the guests of host Gary Miller. The pair of Founding Players will discuss the state of the league, among other things, as the WUSA just past the half-way point of their Inaugural Season. The show airs 5:30 p.m. ET.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%MISSING IN ACTION: Below is a list of the WUSA players who will appear on the U.S. Women?s National Team roster for the Independence Day Series - the U.S. will face Canada on June 30 and July 3 (ESPN, 1:00 p.m. ET).
- Atlanta Beat: Cindy Parlow, Nikki Serlenga
- Bay Area CyberRays: Brandi Chastain
- Boston Breakers: Kristine Lilly, Keri Raygor, Kate Sobrero
- New York Power: Tiffeny Milbrett, Christie Pearce
- Philadelphia Charge: Lorrie Fair
- San Diego Spirit: Julie Foudy, Shannon MacMillan, Jaime Pagliarulo
- Washington Freedom: Michelle French, Mia Hamm, Siri Mullinix
The following Canadian players will also be with their National Team for the matches:
- Atlanta Beat: Charmaine Hooper, Sharlota Nonen, Amy Walsh
- Boston Breakers: Karina LeBlanc
- Carolina Courage: Silvana Burtini
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%THE TRUDI SHOW: San Diego Spirit midfielder Trudi Sharpsteen will be featured on The Early Show on CBS this Wednesday, June 27 at 8:17 a.m. The segment will profile Sharpsteen and her decision to leave a career as a health-care executive to pursue a chance to play professional soccer.