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<center>Women's Voyageurs Cup East 2004

Match 12Montreal Xtreme vs. Ottawa FuryWednesday, July 21, 2004 - 7:00 PM EDT

Catalogna Soccerplexe, Lachine</center>


[*]Montreal will clinch the Women's Voyageurs Cup East 2004 title with a win of 1-0 or by a margin of 2+ goals.

[*]Otherwise Ottawa will clinch the Women's Voyageurs Cup East 2004 title.

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   » WVCE:  4-0-1  17-3  12  /  W-League:  10-0-2  49-11  30


   » WVCE:  5-0-0  29-1  15  /  W-League:  12-0-0  63-4  36

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Montreal 3 Ottawa 2 (AET)

Ottawa win the Women's Voyageurs Cup East 2004 title

(This summary is in my words but the details were provided by the USL and sup3rm4g on Go Big Red!!.)

This was certainly the closest and most exciting ending to any Voyageurs Cup competition so far... and throw in some problems off the field that delayed the match and then some confusion at the very end to top things off...

Montreal led 2-0 (Walsh 54', Perreault-Morier 68') at the 84th minute — a result that would have given them the WVCE title. But Ottawa scored two late goals (Parker 84', Robinson (PK) 88') to draw even and send the match to extra time — at this point Ottawa had clinched the WVCE title (since Montreal could no longer win 1-0 or by 2+ goals). Montreal scored the match winner in extra time (Walsh (PK) 105'), handing Ottawa their first WVCE and, indeed, W-League loss of the season — a great win for Montreal, even if not enough for the WVCE.

To cover the technical details, Ottawa are ranked ahead of Montreal in the WVCE standings by the fourth tiebreaker — head-to-head away goals scored (Ottawa 2 Montreal 1) — after finishing tied on points (15), head-to-head points (3), head-to-head goal difference (0) and head-to-head goals scored (4). (Another way to look at it: this was like a two-leg knockout series and Ottawa won on away goals.)

The problems off the field: At some point during the match someone broke into the Ottawa dressing room and the match was delayed for over an hour as the police were called in.

The confusion at the end: After the match ended the stadium announcer told the 1,300 people in attendance that Montreal had won the WVCE! It is really great that they cared enough about our competition to make this announcement (especially without ever being asked), but I don't know why they got it wrong. Montreal were sent Wednesday's media release that clearly summarized the scenarios, though unfortunately we were unable to communicate with them directly or personally.

I feel badly that this occurred, particularly because Montreal were excited enough about their "win" to make an announcement in the first place. We will contact them to clarify the situation as soon as possible.

Well, all soccer tournaments have to have some kind of confusion/controversy, right? ;)

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from ottawafury.com

Xtreme Ending

Winning streak and run at perfect season come to end.

[Ottawa, July 21st] - The Ottawa Fury Women's Soccer team were finally defeated this evening after winning their first twelve games of the season and only two games away from the perfect season. The Montreal Xtreme defeated the Fury 3-2 in overtime in a game which took well over three hours to complete due to an off the field security incident.

Neither side were able to gain any distinct advantage in an even first half where each team put the other under pressure for periods of time without being able to generate clear goal scoring chances.

The Fury were clearly unsettled by the 90 minute delay in starting the second half and the normally assured Fury defence backstopped by Taryn Swiatek was uncharacteristically shaky. Montreal seized the advantage with Josee Belanger and Kelly Hemsley causing the Fury problems down the flanks and took the lead after 54 minutes when Amy Walsh turned in a free kick from Isabelle Morneau at the near post. After 68 minutes the Xtreme padded their lead with Marie-Emilie Perreault-Morier scoring after good work from Belanger. When all looked lost for the Fury they finally settled into their normal rhythm and fought their way back into the game in the final 20 minutes. The Montreal defence was put under constant pressure and finally cracked in the 84th minute when Kelly Parker reduced the deficit. Four

minutes later the Fury were level when Annie Hamel was pulled down in the area and Leah Robinson converted the spot kick to send the game into overtime.

In overtime it was one way traffic as the Fury stormed forward in search of the victory. Hamel, Parker and Wilkinson all had clear chances to win the game but it was not to be and against the run of play Josee Belanger broke free and was brought down by Erin Ramsay in the penalty area. Captain Amy Walsh struck the penalty kick past Swiatek for the golden goal at 105 minutes.

The game ended with a shot count of 17-8 in favor of the Fury but three points for Montreal and the end of the Fury's winning streak. The Fury's record drops to 12-1-0.

The Fury wrap up the regular season with a home match, on Sunday, July 25th, versus the New Jersey Lady Stallions. The Lady Stallions are currently 10-2-0 for 30 team points in the Northeast Division. Match time is set for 2:00PM, at Keith Harris Stadium.

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