Paliís French Named Player of the Week
Scored twice in 3-0 win at Seattle


W-League News Release

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week for Week 7 of the 2013 season today, honoring Pali Blues midfielder Mele French as Player of the Week after she scored twice in a 3-0 win against the Seattle Sounders Women. The win moved the Blues within a point of the Western Conference-leading Sounders with a game in hand.

French, a University of Oregon grad, opened the scoring for the Blues in the 15th minute against the Sounders, picking up a pass by Samantha Mewes and volleying home a finish off the right post. French then doubled Pali’s lead 11 minutes later as a cross by Sarah Killion found French on the left side of the penalty area, where she was able to create enough space for a curling shot into the top-right corner of the net.

French is joined in the Team of the Week midfield by Fredericksburg’s Shaniece Thorpe, who helped create a pair of goals in the Impact’s 3-2 win against Long Island, and London’s Jessica Bujouves, who recorded a pair of assists in her side’s 2-2 draw with Toronto.

VSI Tampa Bay FC’s Tori Abnathy is honored for scoring both goals in her side’s 2-1 win against Charlotte, and fellow two-goal scorer Jessica Fucello was also named to the Team of the Week’s forward line as she led the New Jersey Wildcats past the New York Magic – F.A. Euro. Virginia Beach’s Shan Jones completes the attacking trio after recording a goal and an assist as the Piranhas defeated Long Island.

French’s Pali teammate Anna Picarelli is named to the goalkeeper’s berth as she had a seven-save shutout in the Blues’ victory against Seattle, while a quartet of defenders is led by North Jersey’s Arielle Aikens after she helped the Valkyries earn a point in a 0-0 draw with the Washington Spirit Reserves. Washington’s Jennifer Skogerboe also earns selection after the Spirit Reserves recorded a pair of shutouts during the week, while London’s Krista Lee and Laval’s Marie-Pier Gougeon also earned selection, with Gougeon having recorded a pair of assists in the Comets’ victory against Quebec City.

W-League Team of the Week






Anna Picarelli


Made 7 saves in 3-0 shutout of Seattle


Krista Lee


Helped London shut out Laval


Jennifer Skogerboe


Scored a goal, helped shut out both LI and North Jersey


Arielle Aikens

North Jersey

Led D that shut out high-scoring Spirit Reserves


Marie-Pier Gougeon


Pair of assists, helped lead defense to shutout vs. QC


Jessica Bujouves


Assisted on both goals, excellent D in 2-2 tie with Toronto


Mele French


Scored twice in huge 3-0 win vs. Sounders


Shaniece Thorpe


Helped create two goals in 3-2 win vs. Long Island


Tori Abnathy

VSI Tampa Bay

Scored both goals in 2-1 comeback win at Charlotte


Jessica Fucello

New Jersey

Scored twice in 3-1 win vs. NY


Shan Jones

Virginia Beach

Goal, assist as Piranhas r














Honorable Mention
Laval - Catherine Charron-Delage; London - Miranda Horn; Long Island - Grace Hawkins; Los Angeles - Melissa Fernandez; New Jersey - Rachael Ivanicki, Carlie Till; North Jersey - Leanne Champ, Alicia Tirelli, Julie Vajda; Ottawa - Amanda Fancher; Santa Clarita - Diane Hare; Seattle - Erin McNulty; Toronto - Furtuna Velaj.