Chesapeake Charge open WPSL Elite League season tonight

May 10, 2012|Glenn Graham

The Chesapeake Charge, which is in its third year and has moved up to the Women's Premier Soccer League's newly formed Elite Division, will open its season tonight against the visiting Boston Breakers.  Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College.

Many of the area's finest players will be in uniform for the Charge, including newcomers Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding/Penn State/U-23 National Team -- pictured below left), two-time All-Metro Player of the Year Ashley Spivey (McDonogh/Maryland/U-18 National Team -- pictured bottom) and three-time All-Metro standout Riley Barger (Bryn Mawr/Maryland/U-18 National team -- pictured below right). The trio will join Charge veterans Jessica Hnatiuk (John Carroll/Johns Hopkins) and Cheyenne Skidmore (Liberty/Towson) along with many more familar past high school and college standouts.

After reaching the semifinal round in the Women's Premier Soccer League last season, the Charge is making the jump to the Elite Division, an eight-team league which was formed after the suspension of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) 2012 season.  The league is the highest level of women's soccer in the country. 

The Charge will have a stern test in the game aganst the Breakers, one of the three WPS teams competing and perhaps considered the favorite to win the new league. Former U.S. National Team members Leslie Osbourne and Cat Whitehill lead the team.

"We're looking forward to the challenge," Charge coach Albert Oni said. "We have a bunch of good young players, and it's a chance to put them in an environment where they can grow and raise your ceiling. This is the highest league in our country right now -- the best of the best -- and playing against players at your level or better is how you get better."

For more information on the Charge, including its roster and 2012 schedule, click here.

Nairn photo courtesy of Penn State University. Barger photo by Patuxent Publishing's Noah Scialom. Spivey photo by The Baltimore Sun's Kenneth K. Lam.

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