Not too much excitement in the Women’s Premier League this weekend, other than the fact that it’s the final week of league play. The teams have already solidified their spots in the top and bottom tiers of the championship, which will take place on Nov. 8 and 10 in Cherry Hill, N.J.
The closest match of the weekend should occur between the D.C. Furies (2-3) and New York (0-5). The former has been the focus of much attention this season, and the Furies had the opportunity to qualify for their first-ever trip to the top tier of the championships during last weekend’s game. Beantown (3-2) and D.C. were then tied at 2-2 apiece, and the Furies needed to replicate their success from the teams’ first meeting. No such luck as the hosts racked up a 39-0 win. Although D.C. has the opportunity to even up with Beantown’s record this weekend (Beantown travels to 5-0 Glendale tomorrow), Beantown’s five bonus points – to D.C.’s one – provide enough padding for second place in the Blue Conference.
In the Red Conference, undefeated Twin Cities (5-0) hosts Atlanta (1-4) , while Berkeley (3-2) heads down to San Diego (1-4). The Amazons and All Blues should win, but if they don’t, there’s no chance of moving in the standings. The only movement that could occur is between Atlanta and San Diego, which both have five table points. The Surfers’ points differential is more than double (in the negative direction) the Harlequins’; however, if they can win the bonus-point race, then they’ll overtake Atlanta. All that does is change the day-one opponents at nationals.
This is what the championship tier will look like in the semifinals:
Twin Cities vs. Beantown
Glendale vs. Berkeley
There’s still some possibility of movement in the second tier, although the Blue Conference seeding is secure. Should the Red Conference points remain the same and the tiebreaker come down to points differential, then the second-tier semifinals will be:
Atlanta v New York
D.C. Furies v San Diego
If San Diego overtakes Atlanta on points this weekend, then they’ll swap semifinal opponents. Stay tuned for interviews with all of the WPL teams, as we assess their progress two weeks out from nationals.