The Pali Blues won the 2013 USL W-League title, defeating the Laval Comets 1-0 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Photo courtesy of

View from the Pali Blues: July 28, 2013

Charlie Naimo’s Pali Blues came into Sunday’s USL W-League Final with a mission: stop Canada, period. Last year, the Ottawa Fury denied Pali in penalties. This year, the Blues took on one of Ottawa’s sister Canadian clubs: the Laval Comets.

And it came at Laval’s own expense. Cindy Walsh, who also doubles as a manageer for the Comets, scored an own goal in the 87th minute to give the Blues a 1-0 victory at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

“I feel like everything kind of led to this day,” Pali Head Coach Charlie Naimo told reporters following the match. “There’s been a lot of adversity, and I just didn’t think they had losing in their mind this year. A lot of times you have talent on your team but you’re just not sure if they’re ready to get it done, but a lot of these kids have stayed to the end and made sacrifices.

“They really wanted to win this and it made me confident.”

In the 87th minute, Katie Stengel sent in a volley that could have been awarded a penalty by the match referee if advantage had not been played. Walsh tried to clear but did not get a good foot into it, and it sailed past W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Genevieve Richard.

“I think that was going to be a penalty if [the referee] didn’t give the advantage, so either way we would have had maybe one more chance to score,” Naimo told reporters. “I think today we were rewarded for an overall performance. I think we gave them one chance the entire game.

“I’m always going to think about ‘why can’t we get that one second back’ and ‘why can’t this be our fourth championship,’ but a championship always feels great and tomorrow I’m going to wake up and think about how we can do it again.”

In addition to the heroics of Pali goalkeeper Anna Piccarelli, the backline of Sasha Andrews, Kassey Kallman, Satara Murray and Caprice Dydasco proved why they are the most consistent in the W-League with a flawless performance. With the victory, Pali conclude their season with an overall record of 11-2-2.

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LAVAL: Charron-Delage 77



Pali Blues
Pos Jer Name Min G A S F
M 2 Dahlkemper, Abigail 90 3
M 10 Killion, Sarah 90
M 16 Nick, Ashley 90 3
D 13 Andrews, Sasha 90
D 3 Dydasco, Caprice 90
D 8 Kallman, Kassey L. 90
D 44 Murray, Satara 90
F 4 Eddy, Elizabeth 77 3
F 14 Stengel, Katherine 90 3
F 9 Ubogagu, Chioma 77 6
GK 1 Picarelli, Anna Maria 90
M 24 Corboz, Daphne 13
M 23 Redman, Diana
D 18 Guagni, Alia 13
F 29 French, Mele
GK 21 Clarfield, Madeleine
Laval Comets
Pos Jer Name Min G A S F
M 10 Charron-Delage, Catherine 90 2
M 7 Davis, Kylie 84
M 6 Robbins, Sarah 90
M 13 Wu, Danica Joelle 90
D 15 Acton, Kathryn 90
D 19 Duguay, Marissa 60 1
D 11 Legault-Cordisco, Vanessa 90 1
D 5 Wilson, Kelsey 90
F 22 Ezurike, Nkemjika 72 3
F 8 Julien, Christina 78
GK 1 Richard, Genevieve 90
M 4 Bricker, McKenzie
M 18 Sanderson, Valerie 18
D 3 Walsh, Cindy 30
F 16 Gougeon, Marie-Pier
F 17 Pierre Louis, Amandine 12
F 12 Pietrangelo, Amy 6
GK 27 Bard-Martel, Maryse
Pali Blues
GK 1 Picarelli, Anna Maria 90 - 1 1 2 2
Laval Comets
GK 1 Richard, Genevieve 90 1 1 8 9
  Team Statistics
Goals Half1 Half2 Final
Pali Blues 0 1 1
Laval Comets 0 0 0
Shots Half1 Half2 Final
Pali Blues 6 11 17
Laval Comets 3 2 5
Saves Half1 Half2 Final
Pali Blues 2 0 2
Laval Comets 3 5 8
Fouls Half1 Half2 Final
Pali Blues 0 0 0
Laval Comets 1 2 3
Offsides Half1 Half2 Final
Pali Blues 4 1 5
Laval Comets 1 1 2
Corners Half1 Half2 Final
Pali Blues 7 1 8
Laval Comets 2 0 2

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