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Force, Cougars host Vancouver in regular-season finales

July 17, 2009 | 2:14 am No comments
By George Tanner

The Colorado Force returns home for its final regular-season game, against the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7 p.m. today at the Loveland Sports Park.

Then Vancouver will travel to Highlands Ranch to take on the Real Colorado Cougars at 1 p.m. Sunday at Shea Stadium.

Friday’s match presents a number of opportunities for milestones for the Force: The Force remains in playoff contention in the W-League’s Western Conference, where it’s tied for second with Seattle. The Force, 3-2-6, has 15 points after 11 matches with one to play. Seattle, 3-0-6, also 15 points, but with three matches remaining. The top two teams in the West qualify for the playoffs.

The Force, which earned a tie this season at Vancouver, will be looking for its first win ever over the Whitecaps, W-League champions in 2004 and 2006. Vancouver’s all-time record against the Force is 15-0-2.

Vancouver enters the match with playoff aspirations of its own. The Whitecaps stand in fourth place with a record of 3-5-2 and 14 points and could finish in second place if they can win their final two matches.

BUSY SHEDULE: The Force will be playing its fourth match in eight days.

NOT-SO-BUSY SCHEDULE: Vancouver has been off for two weeks, playing its last match on July 5.

ACCORDING TO THE WHITECAPS’ WEB SITE … Four key Vancouver players will miss the Colorado trip because of call-ups to the Canadian national side. Carmelina Moscato, Jodi-Ann Robinson, Chelsea Stewart, and Shannon Woeller will be on Canada’s roster for matches against the United States on Sunday and Wednesday.  Robinson, with seven goals, is the leading the scorer for the Whitecaps.

FORCE’S LEADING SCORERS: Colorado’s top goal scorers are Lisa Franke, with four, and Nikki Marshall, with three. Marshall leads the team in shots, 19, followed by Shay Powell, 17.

REAL COLORADO’S LEADING SCORERS: Taryn Hemmings and Kellyn Farrell each have scored three goals.

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