Magic Falls to the Freedom

Freedom SC schedule announced

New York, NY (Monday, May 8, 2006) New York Magic scored the first goal of the game in the 33rd minute when 17 year old Magic forward Aly Hanson broke through the Washington Freedom defense and won a "foot-race" to the goal. Hanson's first goal of the season for the Magic against the powerful Freedom defense came from an assist by the veteran forward, Noelle Meeke.

Magic held the Freedom scoreless for the first half of play, but the Freedom came out determined in the second half to score 4 goals.

Despite extremely effective defending by Magic's Eleri Earnshaw, Wales international, the Freedom also broke through in the 77th and 85th minutes of the game with goals scored by Kimmy Francis and Emily Janss.

The Magic is looking forward and planning for this coming weekends match against the South Jersey Banshees. You can catch Magic soccer action at Iona College, 715 North Avenue in New Rochelle, New York.

The Freedom are scheduled to play a 14-game W-League schedule, seven home and seven away, against seven W-League teams. As an Associate Member of the league added after the completion of the W-League 2006 alignment and schedule, these matches will not count toward the standings and as such, the Freedom SC will not be eligible for the postseason. The 14-game schedule spans May through July and pits the Freedom SC against some of the W-Leagues top teams, including the 2005 W-League champion New Jersey Wildcats and 2003 champion Hampton Roads Piranhas. The Freedom SC will call the Maryland Soccer Plex in Boyds, Maryland home for the season.

The Freedom SC will spend July at home against the Magic on the 2nd, the Wildcats on the 9th, the Majestics on the 12th and the Piranhas on the 19th.

With the coaches and many of its players intact from the 2003 WUSA champion team, the Freedom SC has developed a comprehensive club that offers a wide range of programs and services to the female player and fans of womens soccer. In anticipation that womens professional soccer will return when the WUSA re-launches in the future, the Freedom SC has continued to play an exhibition schedule since the WUSA ceased operations in the fall of 2003, facing the Wildcats, Piranhas, Majestics and Vancouver Whitecaps over the past two years. Once the WUSA returns, the Freedom intends to be part of the re-launch and still field a Reserve Team in the W-League, giving more women the opportunity to play all the way to the professional ranks.

Washington Freedom SC schedule
Day Date Visitor Home Time
Sat 5/6 Washington Long Island TBD
Sun 5/7 Washington New York 4:00
Sat 5/20 Ottawa Washington 6:00
Sun 5/28 Long Island Washington 6:00
Sat 6/3 Washington South Jersey 7:00
Sun 6/11 South Jersey Washington 6:00
Wed 6/21 Washington New Jersey 7:30
Fri 6/23 Washington Hampton Roads 7:30
Sat 6/24 Washington Hampton Roads 8:00
Wed 6/28 Washington Northern Virginia 7:00
Sun 7/2 New York Washington 6:00
Sun 7/9 New Jersey Washington 6:00
Wed 7/12 Northern Virginia Washington 7:00
Wed 7/19 Hampton Roads Washington 7:00