Freedom Capture Third Place in Successful International Cup Debut

The Freedom have claimed third place in the inaugural women's International Cup after defeating Papua New Guinea Flame 4.3 (27) to 1.2 (8).  In a re-match of second round clash the Freedom experience again proved to be too much for the young Flame side.  The Freedom midfield controlled the game with gutsy performances by Eileen Geoghegan, Becky Kraft, Helen Spink and Jen Cravens.  Leading goal kicker Lindsey Kastanek added 2 more to her team leading total.

Coach Leigh Barnes can be very proud of the way his squad came together and conducted themselves throughout the tournament.  The women did a remarkable job representing the entire USAFL community and demonstrated how far women's football has progressed since its beginning in 2003.  They rose to the challenge each game and gave the top two sides Ireland and Canada all they could handle.  The Freedom have a bright future ahead of them which can be attributed to the foundation that was established by Kathryn Hogg and Wayne Kraska.

Congratulations to all the Freedom players, coaches and staff on a memorable tournament.

The Freedom wish to thank ESPN W for their generous sponsorship to make this opportunity possible for the players.

Goal Kickers: Lindsey Kastanek 2, Jessica Estrada, Jen Cravens
Best Players: Becky Kraft, Helen Spink, Eileen Geoghegan, Lara Porter, Karen Stablein, Jen Cravens

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