Sunday, December 28, 2008

Washington Freedom (WPS)

Katie and I saw that the Washington Freedom of the newly-forming WPS posted their open tryout date, in the end of February. After some great conversations--with each other and with former coaches and mentors--we decide to start training and give it a whirl! Why not?! What do we have to lose? (click on "WPS" in upper left of picture)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS)

First off, let me just say that it's so sad that women's soccer doesn't have a professional league in the US. The men have a league (Major League Soccer-MLS), but the women's league that was formed in the early 2000's (WUSA) failed due to several factors--primarily financial.

However, recently, there has been a great deal of news circulating and becoming fact that a new league was coming together. Could it be? Are we finally going to have a league to aspire to play in? For young girls throughout the US to dream about playing in? As I follow the website (who are we kidding... a few times a day!), things seem to be very legit and concrete. I know I'll be cheering the new league on! And hopefully attending some games!

Katie and I have had many discussions about trying out for the WPS. I mean, we come from a predominant soccer culture (in PA), played for a respectable DIII school that holds their own in the ODAC conference, so why now?! Honestly, I don't know if I'm even at that level of play, but I'd sure-as-heck like to find out!!!

Check out the WPS webiste:

Monday, December 15, 2008

background in soccer

Katie (Lamm) and I have always been intense players, with aspirations and dreams of playing professional soccer. Once bitter enemies in high school--her at ELCO; me at LMH--we are now the bestest of friends! She came to visit EMU my sophomore year, and I'd like to just say that I pretty much got her here : ) But really, she came, and we hit it off right away. Our no-mess, highly-intense, give-all-or-get-off-the-field mentalities drew us together very quickly, and we've never looked back.

Soon, we found out that we were somewhat-great workout buddies as well. She's extremely fast, so there was no way I was keeping up with her in sprints! But, with her being a forward/midfielder (F/M) and me being a goalkeeper (GK), workouts and training sessions were effectively efficient for both of us!! She worked on her shots and crosses while training me in GKing. We're like two peas in a pod!

Right about the time I graduated, I learned about the WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League) that has about 51 teams across the US. Katie and I had always dreamed of going pro, so we thought we'd give it a try...

In the summer of 2008, we played for the newly-formed Lancaster Inferno of the East-Mid-Atlantic Division. Our team was incredible! We were basically formed from the All-Stars from the LL-League, and played like we had been playing together for years! It was amazing, and so exciting to be a part of! We finished second in our division, and traveled up to Connecticut to play Tony DiCicco's SoccerPlus Connecticut Reds. They were organized, but didn't pressure as well or as much as I was expecting. We lost 1-2, but it was an experience we will never forget! Katie and I got a picture with and an autograph from Tony before we left. Wow!!!

Check out the following websites:
Lancaster Inferno (unfortunately, not up-to-date):
Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL):