July 31, 2011

Orange County Takes WPSL Crown with Overtime Victory

The Orange County Waves are the 2011 WPSL champions as they defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 in overtime earlier this afternoon. Tanya Taylor scored the game winner in the 101st minute.

Former FC Gold Pride striker, Kiki Bosio, put the Waves on top in the first half, scoring in the 43rd minute.

The score remained 1-0 until the late stages of regulation time. Michele Weissenhofer sent a flip throw-in to the six and after a scramble in the box, Julie Ewing was able to get her foot on it and put it in the net to tie the score in the 88th minute.

Chicago appeared to have the momentum late in regulation and at the beginning of the overtime period, but in the 101st minute, Brittany Klein sent the ball through to Tanya Taylor who got behind the Red Stars' defense. She finished past Chicago goalkeeper Jamie Forbes to give the Waves a 2-1 lead.

Orange County was able to hold on to their lead to clinch the championship. The Waves are coached by former Los Angeles Sol coach Abner Rogers. It was their first WPSL championship.