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W-League Team of the Week
Minnesota’s Chelsea Cline Named Player of the Week

USL News Release

Wednesday, July 15

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced today the W-League Team of the Week honoring Minnesota’s Chelsea Cline as Player of the Week following her five goal, one assist performance in the Lightning’s three wins last week.

In Minnesota’s first match of the week against the Fort Wayne Fever, Cline scored the first goal of the game in the 20th minute. Her second goal of the eventual 6-0 win came in the 59th minute and her third strike rounded out the scoring in the 85th minute. Cline added an assist on teammate Caroline Smith’s goal in the 58th minute.

Two days later, Cline played 45 minutes in a 4-0 win over West Michigan before netting her fifth goal of the week in the 50th minute of a 5-0 win over Kalamazoo on Sunday, July 12.

Elsewhere, Atlanta goalkeeper Michelle Betos picked up her league-leading eighth shutout of the season in the Silverbacks 0-0 draw with Charlotte. A venerable opponent in that game, the Eagles’ Christy Rife played 85 minutes against Atlanta before netting two goals in a 3-2 win over the Cary Clarets on Saturday, July 11.

With only two league matches in the Western Conference last week, the spotlight remains in the east where league scoring leader Angelika Johansson (31) extended her advantage over the Lightning’s Caroline Smith (25) by scoring one goal and adding four assists in a two-win week for the Quickstrike Lady Blues.

Finally, in the North, Nicole Mailloux led the Toronto Lady Lynx to an upset victory over the previously unbeaten Ottawa Fury, 2-0.

“Nicole’s veteran presence returning to the lineup led us to a big upset,” said Toronto’s Director of Operations, Rob Irwin. “She anchored our back four.”

 

Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
GK
Michelle Betos
Atlanta
0-0 SO with Charlotte Eagles. 8SO’s/ 1GA this season
D
Nicole Mailloux
Toronto
Defensive leader in 2-0 win over Ottawa
D
Philisha Lewis
Tampa Bay
270MP, 1GA in 2-0-1 week for playoff-bound Hellenic
D
Haley Ford
Cleveland
180MP, controlled back line in two, 3-1 wins for Internationals
M
Pamela Conti
Buffalo
2G 1A in 2-0-0 week for Flash
M
Chelsea Cline
Minnesota
5G 1A in 3-0-0 week for Lightning
M
Julie Casselman
Laval
1G, strong defensive play in 2-0 win over Toronto
M
Jenn Parsons
Washington
2G in in 3-2 win over New Jersey
F
Christy Rife
Charlotte
175MP, 2G in 1-0-1 week for Eagles. SO against Atlanta
F
Angelika Johansson
Hudson Valley
1G 4A in 2-0-0 week for playoff-bound Quickstrike
F
Kelly McConnell
Long Island
1G 2A in 4-1 win over New York
Honorable Mentions
M
Stacey Bishop
Tampa Bay
180MP, 2G 1A in 2-0-1 week for Hellenic
F
Furtuna Velaj
Connecticut
3G 1A in 4-1 win over Western Mass
F
Melissa Lesage
Quebec City
1G 2A in 4-0 win over Hamilton
F
Melissa Bigg
Hamilton
3G in 3-0 win over Rochester for Avalanche
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