This time it's Chicago that uses penalty kicks to take title tiebreaker.
RALEIGH, N.C. (Sunday, August 13, 2000) -- In almost a complete replay of last year’s W-League W-1 title game, the Chicago Cobras and Raleigh Wings could not settle the score in regulation or overtime. Only this year, there is a new champion.
The Cobras, who lost 3-2 to Raleigh in the 1999 final, prevailed today, 4-2 in the tiebreaker at Championship Stadium after a 1-1 draw, ending the Wings’ two-year reign. Chicago finished the season at 16-0, dropping the Wings to 12-1-1.
"It's just an unbelievable feeling right now," Cobras goalkeeper Danielle Dion told the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer. "This is all we've worked for. This has been our goal since last year after walking off this field and losing by one PK. This makes it a little bit sweeter since this is Raleigh."
Dion, the W-League W-1 "Goalkeeper of the Year" for the second consecutive season, saved penalty kicks from Raleigh midfielders Kelly Cagle and Kim Yankowski. Wings forward Wendy Gebauer and midfielder Megan Jeidy were successful, but it was not enough to counteract successful attempts by Cobras midfielders Krista Davey and Ann Cook, and forwards Charmaine Hooper and Becky Myers.
Yankowski gave Raleigh a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, netting an unassisted blast from outside the penalty area.
Myers tied it for Chicago at 1-1 in the second half, penetrating the box and converting a pass from Hooper.