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First-year Flash claims top spot
by Paul Kennedy, August 14th, 2011 11:32PM

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[WPS] The first-year Western New York Flash won the Women's Professional Soccer's regular-season championship and with it the right to host the league championship game on Aug. 27 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Both the race for the regular-season title and fourth and final playoff berth went down to the final day. The Boston Breakers' 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC thanks to two early goals from Lauren Cheney earned them a trip to magicJack in Wednesday's first-round game.

The Flash earned a decisive 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Beat in the final game of the regular season.

Marta had the second goal to share the WPS scoring title with Flash teammate Christine Sinclair.

The Philadelphia Independence, which has won 9 of their last 11 games, dropped their final regular-season game, 2-1, to magicJack, and finished in second place.

It will host either the Boston Breakers or magicJack in the Super Semifinal game Saturday at MLS club Philadelphia Union's PPL Park. 

The Breakers snapped a four-game losing skid to clinch the fourth and final spot in the playoffs. Sky Blue FC needed just a tie to secure its spot in the playoffs.

WPS Playoff Schedule:
FIRST ROUND
Aug. 17 | 7:30 PM ET
magicJack vs. Boston Breakers
Television: FOX Soccer

SUPER SEMIFINAL
Aug. 20 | 4 PM ET
Philadelphia Independence vs. First-round winner
TELEVISION: Fox Sports Net

CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 27 | 4 PM ET
Western New York Flash vs. Super semifinal winner
TELEVISION: Fox Sports Net



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