Monday catch-up: WPS Commish steps down & more

*In another sign Women’s Professional Soccer is more concerned with surviving than expanding, Commissioner Tonya Antonucci announced this morning she will leave the post she has held for three years at season’s end.

The financially-strapped WPS has recently laid off an unspecified number of employees and ended national marketing efforts.

From the WPS press release:

Antonucci will be replaced by WPS General Counsel Anne-Marie Eileraas, who will take the title of CEO, Women’s Professional Soccer. Under on-going league restructuring, Eileraas will head up the business and organizational aspects of the league office, working with the WPS Board, which will guide the strategic direction of the league.

*In local college games Sunday:

The UCLA men (3-1) beat Davidson 2-0 at Drake Stadium, freshman midfielder Kelyn Rowe scoring a pair of second-half goals.

The No. 13-ranked UCLA women (4-1-1) drew 1-1 with UC Santa Barbara (3-3-1) at Drake Stadium, defender Lauren Barnes getting a penalty kick equalizer. Star striker Sydney Leroux missed a first half penalty kick that could have evened the score. UCLA out-shot UCSB 30-10, but the tier snapped a 65-game home winning streak, the nation’s longest.

USC (4-1-2) beat Northern Arizona 3-1 at McAlister Field, getting goals from Samantha Johnson, Ashley Freyer and freshman Mia Bruno.

Pepperdine (4-2-1) beat Dartmouth 2-1 in Malibu.

The Cal State Northridge women (4-3) defeated UNLV, 1-0, in Las Vegas on a goal from Brittanie Sakajian.

The Matadors men (0-3-1) lost 3-1 to San Jose State in Fullerton.

Long Beach State (4-3-1) were crushed 6-0 by No. 19-ranked Cal in Berkeley.

The Loyola Marymount men (3-1) lost 3-1 and their undefeated start to the season to Butler in Kentucky.

The LMU women (4-2) lost 1-0 to No. 3-ranked Notre Dame on a second minute goal at Sullivan Field.

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  • Studs Up

    Hope Solo is correct again. WPS is a joke.