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Sports - September 17, 2010

Sports Shorts

PRO SOCCER . . . The FC Gold Pride enjoyed more success than any other team in Women's Professional Soccer this season, winning the regular-season title with a 16-3-5 record. Thus, it was no surprise when three Gold Pride players won four of the league's seven postseason awards on Thursday. FC Gold Pride forward Marta as named the Michelle Akers Player of the Year as the WPS Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. She also won the PUMA Golden Boot award as the league's top scorer. Stanford grad Ali Riley was named the league's Rookie of the Year. In her first year as a professional, Riley has been an integral cog in the Pride's success in 2010. She was a regular in the Pride's back line, which, with the help of Riley, proved to be the best in the league. Former Stanford keeper Nicole Barnhart was selected as the league's top goalkeeper for her stellar performance throughout the season. In her second year with the Pride, the steady play of the U.S. National Team veteran proved to be invaluable as she held opponents to the lowest goals against average in the league (0.88) and posting 8 shutouts, also a WPS-best. In other soccer news, it was a good news-bad news kind of situation for former Stanford All-American Kelley O'Hara this week. The good news was that the FC Gold Pride rookie forward was named Player of the Week in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). The bad news, however, was that O'Hara on Monday discovered she suffered a partial tear of her right quadriceps during last Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Independence to close the regular season. The injury likely will keep O'Hara out of the Pride lineup for the WPS Championship game on Sept. 26 at Pioneer Stadium on the campus of Cal State East Bay in Hayward. The recovery time for the injury is three to four weeks. O'Hara remains optimistic that she will attend preliminary training session(s) with the U.S. Women's National Team at the end of the month.

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