Racheal Quigley has been selected in the 2013 All-Midwest/Big Sky-South Conference Team, named by The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) last week.
Because the winners from the Midwest and Big Sky-South Divisions met in the regional final for one spot in the Final Four, the All-Conference Teams include players from both divisions. The top teams were honored for their efforts with multiple selections to the 2013 All-Conference Teams and each of the region’s 14 teams are represented.
Catherine Fitzsimmons – Houston Aces (GK)
Dyanne Anderson – Houston Aces (D)
Rachel Avant – Des Moines Menace (D)
Aliesha Cassie – Kansas City Shock (D)
Gayla Foster – Fire & Ice SC (D)
Natalia Ariza – Houston South Select (D/M)
Mollie Kuramoto – Ohio Galaxies (D/M)
Jordan Bishop – Des Moines Menace (M)
Jessie Crabtree – Fire & Ice SC (M)
Teofila Chavez – Houston South Select (M)
Dria Hampton – OKC FC (M)
Rose Lavelle – Ohio Galaxies (M)
Anita Pedford – Fort Worth Panthers (M)
Ashley Dexter – Quad City Eagles (M/F)
Jackie Acevedo – Houston Aces (F)
Racheal Quigley – Kansas City Shock (F)
Rachel Tejada – Fire & Ice SC (F)
Kodee Williams – Madison 56ers (F)
April 28, 2013
The Blacks will farewell Rachael Quigley after the May 5 home match against Fulham United.
Quigley has signed with Kansas City Shock (original story below) and will play her last match for The Blacks this weekend, after a brilliant start to the 2013 Women’s Premier League campaign.
She has scored 12 goals in the opening five rounds, including a stunning five goal haul against Cumberland on Sunday.
The Blacks community are welcome to help farewell Rachael at The Hackney Hotel from 6pm on Sunday May 5, following the home fixture against Fulham.
Quigley to Shock the US
Racheal Quigley is charged and ready to shock North America after the electric striker signed for Kansas City in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
The former Adelaide United gun, who also won the 2012 AAL Cup with the AUSC Blacks Premier Women, joins Kansas City Shock in their inaugral year in the WPSL, the largest women’s national competition in the world.
Quigley will start the 2013 Women’s Premier League season with AUSC and then make her US debut in April.
“I’m really looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life,” Quigley said.
“Kansas City Shock is definitely the best start I could have ever imagined.
“Given the chance to play a new style of soccer with an entirely new team is real exciting.”
“I’m hoping to learn heaps from this experience and give the team everything I have to be successful in the WPSL.
“I am a very passionate player and cannot wait to share my enthusiasm with my new team.”
“Most people never get to live their dreams, so I’m so excited that Racheal can follow hers and be a part of a new era in women’s soccer in Kansas City,” said Quigley’s mother, Beverly.
“After all the hard work she has put into her soccer career, she is starting to get the benefits.
“It also helps that I will be able to follow everything closely even though I’m thousands of miles away through social media.
“It’s just the icing on the cupcake!!”
The coaches and staff at the Kansas City Shock are highly anticipating great things from Quigley this season and look forward to the element she will bring to the squad.
“I’m excited to have Racheal join the Shock this summer,” Head Coach Nicole Ortiz said.
“As an overseas player, she will bring a different dynamic to the game of soccer in the US.
“She has a positive attitude that will be contagious to the entire Shock program.”
Bringing international players in always presents hurdles, but the both the Shock and Quigley are enthusiastic about the challenge as the rewards will undoubtedly outweigh the struggles.
“Moving to the States is a big deal,” Quigley said.
“It’s been my dream since I can remember – crazy what social networking can do!
“Most likely going to freak out when I notice everyone driving on the wrong side of the road though.
“I love meeting new people and I’m most excited to entertain the people of Kansas City and really SHOCK the soccer world.”
Starting at the age of five, Quigley played with boys on league teams up until the age of 12, which is also when she began competing in state competitions. In 2008 she won the leading goal scorer award in the U-17 National Competition and was selected into the Young Matildas.
In the same year, she travelled to Malaysia with the Young Matilda squad for the AFC under 20 Qualifiers and scored 5 goals for the tournament, playing alongside teammates Kyah Simon, Tameka Butt and Sam Kerr.
2008 was the first year of the Australian W-league and she was one of the youngest players selected for her hometown team, Adelaide United.
She is one of two players that have played for United all 5 W-league seasons. In her second season she was awarded the most valuable player award for Adelaide United and is the highest goal scorer for the club. In the 2011-2012 season, she was awarded the Goal of the Year with a spectacular overhead goal.
For the original article – www.kansascityshock.com