Please note that the Japanese names in these posts are written in Japanese order, i.e. Family Name followed by Given Name

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

24th All-Japan Women's Inter-Collegiate Championships - Quarter-Final Matches

Quarter-Final Matches, ties played on Tuesday 29th of December:

Match 17:
Waseda University  2 - 1  Himeji Dokkyo University
(Attendance: 369)

Match 18:
Niigata University of Health and Welfare  2 - 3  Nippon Sport Science University
(Attendance: 210)

Match 19:
Tokuyama University  2 - 1  Mukogawa Women's University
(Attendance: 227)

Match 20:
Shizuoka Sangyo University  0 - 2  Kanagawa University
(Attendance: 214)


Semi-Final Matches, ties to be played on Friday 15th of January:

Match 21:
Waseda University - Nippon Sport Science University

Match 22:
Tokuyama University - Kanagawa University


Third-Place Match, to be played on Sunday 17th of January:

Match 23:
Losers of Match 21 - Losers of Match 22


Final Match, to be played on Sunday 17th of January:

Match 23:
Winners of Match 21 - Winners of Match 22

Monday, 28 December 2015

24th All-Japan Women's Inter-Collegiate Championships - Second Round

Second Round Matches, ties played on Monday 28th of December:

Match 9:
Waseda University  1 - 1  Kibi International University
Waseda University win 6-5 on penalties
(Attendance: 509)

Match 10:
Aichi Toho University  1 - 9  Himeji Dokkyo University
(Attendance: 200)

Match 11:
Niigata University of Health and Welfare  2 - 1  Musashigaoka College
(Attendance: 95)

Match 12:
IPU Women's College  1 - 4  Nippon Sport Science University
(Attendance: 121)

Match 13:
Tokuyama University  2 - 1  Juntendo University
(Attendance: 103)

Match 14:
Mukogawa Women's University  1 - 0  Tokyo International University
(Attendance: 140)

Match 15:
Shizuoka Sangyo University  1 - 0  Sendai University
(Attendance: 130)

Match 16:
Kanagawa University  1 - 0  Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences
(Attendance: 351)


Quarter-Final Matches, ties to be played on Tuesday 29th of December:

Match 17:
Waseda University - Himeji Dokkyo University

Match 18:
Niigata University of Health and Welfare - Nippon Sport Science University

Match 19:
Tokuyama University - Mukogawa Women's University

Match 20:
Shizuoka Sangyo University - Kanagawa University


Semi-Final Matches, ties to be played on Friday 15th of January:

Match 21:
Winners of Match 17 - Winners of Match 18

Match 22:
Winners of Match 19 - Winners of Match 20


Third-Place Match, to be played on Sunday 17th of January:

Match 23:
Losers of Match 21 - Losers of Match 22


Final Match, to be played on Sunday 17th of January:

Match 23:
Winners of Match 21 - Winners of Match 22

Sunday, 27 December 2015

The 37th Empress' Cup Final Match

Final Match, played on December 27th:

Match 47:
Albirex Niigata Ladies  0 - 1  INAC Kobe Leonessa
(Attendance: 20,379)

INAC Kobe Leonessa won their fifth cup title, and third against Niigata, with the winning goal coming from Sawa Homare in her final appearance. Niigata started the game well, hassling the INAC players and preventing them from building attacks, but as the first half wore on the Kobe asserted themselves and began to open the Niigata defence more readily. Niigata's best chance came from Kojima Miku, who leapt high to head at goal but only found the waiting arms of Kaihori Ayumi. Just before the half-time whistle Nakajima Emi had the best chance for either side, with Fukumura Kanae diving well to save, assisted by Nakamura Kaede sliding in to prevent a follow-up.

Neither side created many open chances in the opening stages of the second half, and it appeared more likely as the game wore on that a set piece would be the key to winning the game. Niigata relied largely on a supply of crosses from both open play and set pieces from Kamionobe Megumi but they made little of the half-chances they created. Kobe still looked dangerous when they attacked at pace, with Sayama Momoko making a last-ditch tackle on Ohno to deny her. This however, only led to a corner kick for Kobe, on which count they outscored Niigata by eight to one over the course of the game, and it was to be their undoing. From Kawasumi's corner Sawa, who was unmarked despite her prominence at prior corner kicks, headed powerfully into the corner of the net for her first Cup Final goal for Kobe. Niigata pushed for an equaliser but were kept well at bay and Kaihori's net was rarely threatened. Kobe held on to win their first trophy since 2013 and for Niigata, there can only be hope of better in the future.

Albirex Niigata Ladies:
Fukumura Kanae, Kitahara Kana, Sayama Momoko, Nakamura Kaede, Kojima Miku, Kamionobe Megumi (capt), Sakaguchi Moeno, Yamada Shoko, Saeki Aya, Oishi Sayaka, Yamazaki Marumi
Subs: Watanabe Ayaka (Yamazaki Marumi, 72 mins), Kawasaki Saya (Saeki Aya, 79 mins)
Unused subs: Koganemaru Sachie, Yamamoto Arina, Saito Yuri

INAC Kobe Leonessa:
Kaihori Ayumi, Kinga Yukari, Sameshima Aya, Tanaka Asuna, Kai Junko, Nakajima Emi, Sawa Homare, Ito Miki, Kawasumi Nahomi, Ohno Shinobu (capt), Takase Megumi
Subs: Masuya Rika (Takase Megumi, 69 mins)
Unused subs: Shibusawa Anna, Miyake Shiori, Ito Kanako, Kyokawa Mai
Scorers: Sawa Homare (78 mins)

Saturday, 26 December 2015

24th All-Japan Women's Inter-Collegiate Championships - First Round

First Round Matches, ties played on Saturday 26th of December:

Match 1:
Keio University  1 - 2  Kibi International University
(Attendance: 254)

Match 2:
Fukuoka University/Kyushu International University  0 - 3  Aichi Toho University
(Attendance: 108)

Match 3:
Hachinohe Gakuin University  0 - 8  Musashigaoka College
(Attendance: 154)

Match 4:
IPU Women's College  4 - 0  Kobe Shinwa Women's University
(Attendance: 140)

Match 5:
Shinshu University  0 - 8  Juntendo University
(Attendance: 158)

Match 6:
Shikoku University  0 - 4  Mukogawa Women's University
(Attendance: 144)

Match 7:
Sendai University  4 - 1  Sapporo University
(Attendance: 59)

Match 8:
Kyushu Kyoritsu University  0 - 8  Kanagawa University
(Attendance: 140)


Second Round Matches, ties to be played on Monday 28th of December:

Match 9:
Waseda University - Kibi International University

Match 10:
Aichi Toho University - Himeji Dokkyo University

Match 11:
Niigata University of Health and Welfare - Musashigaoka College

Match 12:
IPU Women's College - Nippon Sport Science University

Match 13:
Tokuyama University - Juntendo University

Match 14:
Mukogawa Women's University - Tokyo International University

Match 15:
Shizuoka Sangyo University - Sendai University

Match 16:
Kanagawa University - Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences


Quarter-Final Matches, ties to be played on Tuesday 29th of December:

Match 17:
Winners of Match 9 - Winners of Match 10

Match 18:
Winners of Match 11 - Winners of Match 12

Match 19:
Winners of Match 13 - Winners of Match 14

Match 20:
Winners of Match 15 - Winners of Match 16


Semi-Final Matches, ties to be played on Friday 15th of January:

Match 21:
Winners of Match 17 - Winners of Match 18

Match 22:
Winners of Match 19 - Winners of Match 20


Third-Place Match, to be played on Sunday 17th of January:

Match 23:
Losers of Match 21 - Losers of Match 22


Final Match, to be played on Sunday 17th of January:

Match 23:
Winners of Match 21 - Winners of Match 22

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The 37th Empress' Cup Semi-Final Matches

Semi-Final Matches, ties played on December 23rd:

Match 45:
Nippon TV Beleza  1 - 1  Albirex Niigata Ladies
Albirex Niigata Ladies win 3-2 on penalties after extra time
(Attendance: 6,155)

Niigata progressed to their third final in five years when they beat favourites Beleza on penalties after another fine defensive performance to deny the league champions their chance at another double. Oishi Sayaka took advantage of a fortuitous deflection off Iwashimizu Azusa to score the lead goal after eleven minutes though Nakasato Yu scored later in the half to equalise. Both sides had decent chances in the second half and in extra time but couldn't find the net. The eventual hero was Niigata goalkeeper Fukumura Kanae who saved three Beleza penalties. Having lost their first two finals to INAC Kobe they will be determined to put things right third time around.

Nippon TV Beleza:
Yamashita Ayaka, Shimizu Risa, Muramatsu Tomoko, Ariyoshi Saori, Iwashimizu Azusa (capt), Nakasato Yu, Uetsuji Yumi, Hara Natsuko, Sakaguchi Mizuho, Tanaka Mina, Momiki Yuka
Subs: Hasegawa Yui (Shimizu Risa, HT), Arakawa Eriko (Momiki Yuka, 84 mins), Sumida Rin (Arakawa Eriko, 109 mins)
Unused subs: Soyama Kanako, Kiryu Nanase
Scorers: Nakasato Yu (34 mins)
Booked: Muramatsu Tomoko

Albirex Niigata Ladies:
Fukumura Kanae, Kitahara Kana, Sayama Momoko, Nakamura Kaede, Kojima Miku, Kamionobe Megumi (capt), Sakaguchi Moeno, Yamada Shoko, Saeki Aya, Oishi Sayaka, Yamazaki Marumi
Subs: Watanabe Ayaka (Saeki Aya, 62 mins), Kawasaki Saya (Yamazaki Marumi, Start of Second Half in Extra Time)
Unused subs: Koganemaru Sachie, Yamamoto Arina, Saito Yuri
Scorers: Oishi Sayaka (11 mins)

Match 46:
Vegalta Sendai Ladies  0 - 2  INAC Kobe Leonessa
(Attendance: 5,506)

Vegalta Sendai followed their predecessors TEPCO Mareeze and the YKK Tohoku Flappers in losing two consecutive cup semi-finals as they were unable to find a way past INAC Kobe, who progress to their sixth final in eight seasons as favourites to again lift the trophy. Kobe took the lead with six minutes remaining in the first half, Ohno heading home after Takase had first headed on from a corner kick. Kobe's second decisive goal came just after the hour mark, Nakajima Emi finishing off a fine move down the right with Kawasumi and Kinga combining to unlock the Sendai defence. Sendai did their best but were again unable to find their scoring form from the league and will have to try again next year.

Vegalta Sendai Ladies:
Brittany Cameron, Chiba Kozue, Yamamoto Risa, Sakai Yuki, Ideue Asako, Kawamura Yuri, Tahara Nozomi, Kakazu Asuka (capt), Inoue Ayaka, Nakano Manami, Arimachi Saori
Subs: Ono Hitomi (Arimachi Saori, 65 mins), Yasumoto Sawako (Kakazu Asuka, 68 mins), Hamada Haruka (Tahara Nozomi, 75 mins)
Unused subs: Takenaka Rei, Takahashi Nana

INAC Kobe Leonessa:
Kaihori Ayumi, Kinga Yukari, Sameshima Aya, Tanaka Asuna, Kai Junko, Nakajima Emi, Sawa Homare, Ito Miki, Kawasumi Nahomi, Ohno Shinobu (capt), Takase Megumi
Subs: Masuya Rika (Ohno Shinobu, 80 mins), Kyokawa Mai (Takase Megumi, 86 mins)
Unused subs: Shibusawa Anna, Saito Natsumi, Ito Kanako
Scorers: Ohno Shinobu (39 mins), Nakajima Emi (61 mins)


Final Match, to be played on December 27th:

Match 47:
Albirex Niigata Ladies - INAC Kobe Leonessa

Regional Leagues Results/Standings (December 23rd)

Tokai League Division Two

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGADiffPoints
1NGU Nagoya FC Ladies Youth1010004964330
2FC Gifu Belta107122315822
3Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana JHS84132821713
4Kariya FC Project Sonia93061418-49
5Toyota Ladies F.C.92161129-187
6Toyo High School10019642-361

December 23rd:
Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana Junior High School  5 - 0  Toyota Ladies F.C.
Toyo High School  0 - 4  Kariya FC Project Sonia

Liga Student Results/Standings (December 23rd)

Tohoku League Group B

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGA+/-Points
1Tokiwagi Gakuen High School3300390399
2Tomioka High School4301111019
3Tsuruoka Higashi High School21015233
4Meioh High School2002110-90
5Haguro High School3003034-340

December 20th:
Tokiwagi Gakuen High School  5 - 0  Meioh High School

December 23rd:
Tokiwagi Gakuen High School  26 - 0  Haguro High School

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Regional Leagues Results/Standings (December 20th)

Tokai League Division One

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGA+/-Points
1Fujieda Junshin High School107212992023
2Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana SHS1071233132022
3Aichi Toho University103431719-213
4Iga FC Kunoichi Satellite10253913-411
5Iwata Higashi High School10316723-1610
6Shimizu Daihachi Pleiades10118725-184

December 20th:
Iwata Higashi High School  0 - 3  Aichi Toho University


Tokai League Division Two

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGADiffPoints
1NGU Nagoya FC Ladies Youth1010004964330
2FC Gifu Belta107122315822
3Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana JHS73132321210
4Toyota Ladies F.C.82151124-137
5Kariya FC Project Sonia82061018-76
6Toyo High School9018638-321

December 19th:
Kariya FC Project Sonia  1 - 2  NGU Nagoya FC Ladies Youth

December 20th:
FC Gifu Belta  3 - 0  Toyo High School

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The 37th Empress' Cup Quarter-Final Matches

Quarter-Final Matches, ties played on December 19th:

Match 41:
Nippon TV Beleza  4 - 1  Iga FC Kunoichi
(Attendance: 4,087)

Iga were no match for Beleza in this quarter-final match and the league champions dominated the Kunoichi for the entire match. Beleza's four goals all came from their younger players, Tanaka Mina, Nakasato Yu and two from Momiki Yuka. Gloria Douglas scored a consolation goal for Iga but it was a disappointing end to the season for the Mie side. Beleza next face Niigata.

Nippon TV Beleza:
Yamashita Ayaka, Shimizu Risa, Muramatsu Tomoko, Ariyoshi Saori, Iwashimizu Azusa (capt), Hara Natsuko, Hasegawa Yui, Sumida Rin, Sakaguchi Mizuho, Tanaka Mina, Momiki Yuka
Subs: Nakasato Yu (Sumida Rin, HT), Uetsuji Yumi (Hasegawa Yui, 70 mins), Kiryu Nanase (Momiki Yuka, 84 mins)
Unused subs: Soyama Kanako, Arakawa Eriko
Scorers: Momiki Yuka (13, 80 mins), Tanaka Mina (34 mins), Nakasato Yu (56 mins)
Booked: Ariyoshi Saori

Iga FC Kunoichi:
Kuno Fubuki, Hatanaka Miyuka, Michikura Hiroko, Nasu Maiko (capt), Miyasako Tamami, Matsunaga Yoshie, Sugita Ami, Haji Madoka, Suzuki Kaoruko, Sonomura Nana, Ogawa Shiho
Subs: Gloria Douglas (Sonomura Nana, HT), Meleana Shim (Suzuki Kaoruko, 60 mins), Shimojo Aya (Matsunaga Yoshie, 67 mins)
Unused subs: Isashi Kaede, Noichi Aya
Scorers: Gloria Douglas (68 mins)

Match 42:
Albirex Niigata Ladies  2 - 0  JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
(Attendance: 857)

Albirex Niigata produced a fine defensive display to shut out JEF United and scored twice in the second half to move on to the semi-finals. After a scramble in the box from a Kamionobe corner, Saeki Aya poked home the opener after sixty-nine minutes and the second goal came from a moment of magic from Kamionobe, flicking the ball over both her own head and that of Sakuramoto Naoko to provide Oishi Sayaka with an easy chance to score a fine goal. Niigata take on Beleza for the right to appear in a third final in five seasons.

Nakamura Kaede leaps to block a shot from Kawamura Mari.
The Niigata defence was solid from beginning to end
Kamionobe Megumi created both goals for Niigata, the first from a routine corner kick,
the second from an anything-but-routine exhibition of skill
Fukusawa Risa tries one of several attempts JEF United made
which were more hopeful than expectant
Yamane Erina comes to the rescue after Yamazaki Marumi broke clear to shoot
Nakamura Kaede kept Sugasawa Yuika quiet throughout the game
The first goal came from defensive lapses. Here Sakuramoto Naoko attempts to clear but hits the ball off her own standing leg...
... allowing Saeki Aya to swivel and poke the ball home
The Niigata players with a mixture of joy and relief, as JEF United had been exerting formidable pressure at the other end since the restart
Fukumura Kanae, a graduate of nearby Tokiwagi Gakuen High School, was rarely bothered and this shot over the bar near the end was about as worrying as things got for her

Albirex Niigata Ladies:
Fukumura Kanae, Kitahara Kana, Nakamura Kaede, Watanabe Ayaka, Kojima Miku, Kamionobe Megumi (capt), Sakaguchi Moeno, Yamada Shoko, Saeki Aya, Oishi Sayaka, Yamazaki Marumi
Subs: Sayama Momoko (Watanabe Ayaka, 84 mins), Kawasaki Saya (Saeki Aya, 88 mins), Kubota Mayu (Yamada Shoko, 90 mins)
Unused subs: Koganemaru Sachie, Saito Yuri
Scorers: Saeki Aya (69 mins), Oishi Sayaka (86 mins)

JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies:

Yamane Erina, Ueno Saki, Sakuramoto Naoko (capt), Wakabayashi Minori, Isokane Midori, Fukasawa Risa, Setoguchi Kozue, Kawamura Mari, Hosaka Nodoka, Ikadai Risa, Sugasawa Yuika
Subs: Kamogawa Miho (Ikadai Risa, 67 mins), Chino Shoko (Wakabayashi Minori, 82 mins), Anzai Yuka (Hosaka Nodoka, 87 mins)
Unused subs: Nemoto Mio, Yanai Rina

Match 43:
Vegalta Sendai Ladies  0 - 0  Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies
Vegalta Sendai Ladies win 5-3 on penalties after extra time
(Attendance: 2,053)

Brittany Cameron performed the heroics for Vegalta Sendai, saving a penalty from Naomoto Hikaru in a shoot-out which resulted when neither side could find the net either in normal time or in extra time. Both sides did go close on occasion, with Naomoto hitting the crossbar for Urawa and Kawamura doing likewise for Sendai. In the end Inoue Ayaka scored the winning penalty for Sendai who progress to their second successive semi-final.

Brittany Cameron was commanding in goal in her first appearance in Sendai this year
Early in the game Urawa were on top and here forced a good save from Cameron
Nagano Fuka misses poorly when expected to score and looked out of her depth at times
Kawamura Yuri tries a little too hard and smacks her shot against the bar
Kishikawa Natsuki received the only booking of the game for this challenge on Arimachi Saori, who recovered with no difficulties
The same could not be said for Manya Miho, stretchered off with what may be a recurrence of her long-term injury
Naomoto Hikaru attempts to chip Brittany Cameron...
... with the Vegalta Sendai players able to do little but watch the ball hit the crossbar
Tahara Nozomi started her first game for Sendai this season
Arimachi Saori stretches in the penalty box but was time and again foiled by the Urawa defence
Ikeda Sakiko was slightly injured in the second half but was able to continue
Brittany Cameron saves Urawa's second penalty in the eventual shootout,
Naomoto Hikaru the taker
Naomoto was understandably distraught, Cameron delighted
Inoue Ayaka scores Sendai's final penalty, sending them through to a semi-final meeting with INAC Kobe

Vegalta Sendai Ladies:
Brittany Cameron, Chiba Kozue, Yamamoto Risa, Sakai Yuki, Manya Miho, Kawamura Yuri, Tahara Nozomi, Kakazu Asuka (capt), Nakano Manami, Inoue Ayaka, Arimachi Saori
Subs: Ideue Asako (Manya Miho, 45 mins), Hamada Haruka (Kakazu Asuka, HT in ET)
Unused subs: Takenaka Rei, Yasumoto Sawako, Ono Hitomi

Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies:
Ikeda Sakiko, Osafune Kana, Kohata Shiho, Usui Rie, Norimatsu Ruka, Kishikawa Natsuki, Naomoto Hikaru, Shibata Hanae, Nagano Fuka, Kira Chinatsu, Goto Michi (capt)
Subs: Kurishima Akari (Kishikawa Natsuki, Start of ET)
Unused subs: Tajiri Yumi, Ishii Saki, Wada Naoko, Shiraki Akari
Booked: Kishikawa Natsuki

Match 44:
AS Elfen Saitama  0 - 2  INAC Kobe Leonessa
(Attendance: 3,666)

INAC Kobe easily progressed to the semi-final stage against a feeble Saitama side which offered little either in attack or defence. Kobe scored early twice in the game to end any hope of an upset, Kinga Yukari heading in the first on nine minutes with Takase Megumi doubling the score ten minutes later. Kobe next face Vegalta Sendai.

AS Elfen Saitama:
Funada Mayu, Segi Aiki, Nara Misaki, Matsukubo Akari, Abby Erceg, Azami Rie (capt), Nakano Rino, Anna Green, Sarah Gregorius, Takahashi Saori, Sugihara Haruna
Subs: Hagiwara Aimi (Segi Aiki, 70 mins), Shimokawa Saori (Sugihara Haruna, 74 mins), Otani Erina (Matsukubo Akari, 90+1 mins)
Unused subs: Sakuragi Ayana, Matsuoka Sayuri

INAC Kobe Leonessa:
Kaihori Ayumi, Kinga Yukari, Tanaka Asuna, Kai Junko, Sameshima Aya, Nakajima Emi, Sawa Homare, Ito Miki, Kawasumi Nahomi, Ohno Shinobu (capt), Takase Megumi
Subs: Masuya Rika (Takase Megumi, 61 mins), Ito Kanako (Ohno Shinobu, 78 mins), Minamiyama Chiaki (Nakajima Emi, 88 mins)
Unused subs: Shibusawa Anna, Saito Natsumi
Scorers: Kinga Yukari (9 mins), Takase Megumi (19 mins)


Semi-Final Matches, ties to be played on December 23rd:

Match 45:
Nippon TV Beleza - Albirex Niigata Ladies

Match 46:
Vegalta Sendai Ladies - INAC Kobe Leonessa


Final Match, to be played on December 27th:

Match 47:
Winners of Match 45 - Winners of Match 46

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Challenge League Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs Second Legs

Tsukuba FC Ladies  1 - 0  INAC Kobe Leoncina (agg. 3 - 0)
(Attendance: 624)

Tsukuba went into this second leg both relieved and delighted at the ease of their first-leg two-goal victory and when they took the lead in the twenty-sixth minute through Sugahara Haruka - her only goal of the season - there was no way back for the Leoncina who will again compete in the Kansai League next year. Tsukuba will look to recruit more players for another relegation battle in 2016.

Tsukuba FC Ladies:
Kunika Shoko (capt), Mitsuma Mutsumi, Hirano Kiyomi, Sugahara Haruka, Fujii Shiho, Ina Chijiru, Mochida Haruka, Shibata Emi, Imanaka Yuri, Kamei Yumi, Shibata Kanaho
Subs: Ojima Hitomi (Shibata Kanaho, 53 mins), Kawasaki Shiori (Mochida Haruka, 63 mins), Koike Riko (Shibata Emi, 83 mins), Aoki Risa (Mitsuma Mutsumi, 86 mins), Murakami Rumika (Kunika Shoko, 88 mins)
Scorers: Sugahara Haruka (26 mins)

INAC Kobe Leoncina:
Asayama Miho, Okamura Hitomi, Nakamura Yuka, Wajima Yui, Mori Miyu, Takanaga Chisato, Fukao Rumi, Nakamura Asuha, Takada Maho (capt), Shibukawa Suzuna, Hara Miina
Unused subs: Kondo Seina, Matsuda Miu, Nagatomo Fuka, Sawada Chika, Yamamoto Momona

Tsukuba FC Ladies win 3-0 on aggregate and will again play in the Challenge League next season. INAC Kobe Leoncina will play in the Kansai League.


Mashiki Renaissance Kumamoto  2 - 1  Orca Kamogawa FC (agg. 2 - 2)

(Attendance: 420)

Orca Kamogawa and their band of seasoned veterans have been promoted to the Challenge League after a dramatic win on away goals, with opponents Kumamoto again finding themselves relegated to the Kyushu League. Kurahara Honami had given the hosts tremendous hope of surviving when she scored twice to give them a 2-1 lead on aggregate at half-time. Kamogawa were unfazed and twenty-one minutes after the restart had a precious aggregate equaliser, Nakashima Ayaka scoring after a poor attempt from Kumamoto goalkeeper Ushijima Natsuki. Kumamoto did little in the way of attack in the second half and the experienced Kamogawa players had little trouble in holding on.

Mashiki Renaissance Kumamoto:
Ushijima Natsuki, Kameoka Natsumi, Toriyabe Kozue, Terasawa Nozomi (capt), Kitagawa Minamo, Hamada Erina, Nakamura Miki, Hori Natsumi, Kurahara Honami, Kutsuna Arisa, Kimura Eri
Subs: Okamura Sayo (Kitagawa Minamo, 62 mins), Nakabayashi Minami (Kameoka Natsumi, 73 mins)
Unused subs: Nakashima Mizuho, Uchida Momoko, Kouji Eri
Scorers: Kurahara Honami (13, 39 mins)

Orca Kamogawa FC:
Arima Shizuka, Nakamura Mami, Shibata Satomi (capt), Kihara Kozue, Maruyama Akane, Nakashima Ayaka, Kawakami Akiko, Dozono Ayano, Sato Eriko, Kitamoto Ayako, Nagaki Mariko
Subs: Yamasaki Erika (Maruyama Akane, HT), Fukusho Nozomi (Kawakami Akiko, 90+4 mins)
Unused subs: Uchida Yuko, Sasaki Haruka, Tairaku Yukari
Scorers: Nakashima Ayaka (66 mins)
Booked: Sato Eriko

Orca Kamogawa FC win on the away goals rule and will play in the Challenge League next season. Mashiki Renaissance Kumamoto will play in the Kyushu League.

Nadeshiko League Division 2 Promotion/Relegation Playoff Second Leg

Fukuoka J. Anclas  0 - 1  Yokohama FC Seagulls (agg. 1 - 2)
(Attendance: 463)

Fukuoka will have felt that in securing an away score draw that they had done the hard part in retaining their Division 2 status, but Yokohama came out fighting and outshot their hosts by a ratio of two to one. Eleven minutes into the second half the visitors had their reward for their labours, taking the lead courtesy of an own goal. Fukuoka never recovered and barely troubled the Yokohama goal, and thus have suffer their second relegation in four seasons. Yokohama move up and look forward to challenging for the top division in the coming years.

Fukuoka J. Anclas:
Kishi Hoshimi, Komatsu Misato, Hanada Aiko, Marugata Rie, Fujisawa Marin (capt), Fukui Shihori, Yanagita Shiori, Doshita Misato, Ukita Kotone, Fujimoto Yuki, Kobayashi Natsumi
Subs: Doi Narumi (Fukui Shihori, HT), Yatsugi Akane (Kobayashi Natsumi, 58 mins)
Unused subs: Ito Chisa, Hirata Misato
Booked: Kobayashi Natsumi, Doshita Misato

Yokohama FC Seagulls:

Deguchi Haruna, Miyashita Nanami, Kanazawa Mami, Tanaka Keiko, Yamamoto Kana, Sato Nagisa, Nakai Miku, Muta Kaori, Ishihara Ami, Yamamoto Emi (capt), Yoshida Mizuki
Subs: Fujikake Mayu (Sato Nagisa, 57 mins), Tanaka Yui (Muta Kaori, 86 mins)
Unused subs: Asari Maya, Ishihara Misato, Shibata Manami
Scorers: Own Goal (56 mins)

Yokohama FC Seagulls win 2-1 on aggregate and will play in Nadeshiko League Division 2 next season. Fukuoka J. Anclas will play in the Challenge League.

Regional Leagues Results/Standings (December 13th)

Kanto League Division One

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGA+/-Points
1Waseda University14100427151230
2Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies Yth1492333171629
3Nippon TV Menina146173329419
4JEF United Ichihara Chiba U-18145452423119
5Tokyo International University146082428-418
6Kanto Gakuen University145273233-117
7University of Tsukuba144371832-1415
8Musashigaoka College144282236-1414

December 13th:
Tokyo International University  2 - 0  Waseda University
Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies Youth  4 - 1  Nippon TV Menina
JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies U-18  3 - 1  Musashigaoka College
University of Tsukuba  1 - 3  Kanto Gakuen University


Kanto League Division Two

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGA+/-Points
1Keio University14100436112530
2Shobi University1492339122729
3Kokushikan University1490543172627
4Japan Aviation High School1472535251023
5Maebashi Ikuei High School146263128320
6Mito Eiko FC Ibaraki Ladies145452625119
7Ota Ladies SC Esperanza143291740-2311
8Tochigi Soccer Club Ladies1402121079-692

December 12th:
Kokushikan University  2 - 3  Shobi University
Japan Aviation High School  4 - 0  Ota Ladies SC Esperanza
Tochigi Soccer Club Ladies  0 - 1  Maebashi Ikuei High School
Keio University  4 - 1  Mito Eiko FC Ibaraki Ladies




Tokai League Division One

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGA+/-Points
1Fujieda Junshin High School107212992023
2Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana SHS1071233132022
3Iga FC Kunoichi Satellite10253913-411
4Aichi Toho University92431419-510
5Iwata Higashi High School9315720-1310
6Shimizu Daihachi Pleiades10118725-184

December 13th:
Iga FC Kunoichi Satellite  3 - 0  Shimizu Daihachi Pleiades


Tokai League Division Two

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGADiffPoints
1NGU Nagoya FC Ladies Youth99004754227
2FC Gifu Belta96122015519
3Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana JHS73132321210
4Toyota Ladies F.C.82151124-137
5Kariya FC Project Sonia7205916-76
6Toyo High School8017635-291

December 13th:
Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana Junior High School  5 - 1  Toyo High School

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Nadeshiko League Division 1 Promotion/Relegation Playoff Second Leg

Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki  0 - 0  Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara (agg. 2 - 2)
(Attendance: 1,272)

Nojima went for all-out attack in this must-win game against Takatsuki, and came close to scoring on a number of occasions, with Tanaka Yoko hitting the bar both midway through the first half and right at the death, but to no avail. Takatsuki survive for another year while Nojima are again disappointed not to make the step up. Another season in the seond tier beckons for the Kanagawa outfit.

Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki:
Ono Maya, Takeda Arisa, Sato Kaede, Tsuboi Ayako, Akiba Yumeko, Narumiya Yui, Yoshimura Midori, Torao Naomi (capt), Hazuki Yuki, Honda Saki, Maruyama Karina
Subs: Saito Toshiko (Yoshimura Midori, 60 mins), Kitagawa Wakana (Hazuki Yuki, 86 mins)
Unused subs: Ueno Yukiko, Yoneyama Suzumi, Hayashi Momo, Takahashi Saki, Enya Mari

Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara:
Genevieve Richard, Ishida Minami, Terada Reiko, Hirano Yuka, Kobayashi Miharu, Oyama Saki (capt), Yoshimi Natsuki, Tanaka Yoko, Kawashima Haruna, Minamino Arisa, Nagasawa Madoka
Subs: Gonno Takako (Kawashima Haruna, 67 mins), Kanai Nanae (Nagasawa Madoka, 73 mins), Kudo Asami (Ishida Minami, 85 mins)
Unused subs: Kobayashi Shiori, Sakamoto Juri, Inoue Yurie, Kawarazaki Nozomi

Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki win on the away goals rule and will play in Nadeshiko League Division 1 next season. Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagimahara will again play in Nadeshiko League Division 2.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Regional Leagues Results/Standings (December 6th)

Tokai League Division One

PlayedWonDrawnLostGFGA+/-Points
1Fujieda Junshin High School107212992023
2Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana SHS1071233132022
3Aichi Toho University92431419-510
4Iwata Higashi High School9315720-1310
5Iga FC Kunoichi Satellite9153613-78
6Shimizu Daihachi Pleiades9117722-154

December 6th:
Tokoha Gakuen Tachibana Senior High School  2 - 2  Iga FC Kunoichi Satellite

Nadeshiko League Division 2 Promotion/Relegation Playoff First Leg

Yokohama FC Seagulls  1 - 1  Fukuoka J. Anclas
(Attendance: 545)

Despite being second best in goal-scoring chances, Fukuoka took the lead in this game when captain Fujisawa Marin combined well with Yanagita Shiori just before half time. Yokohama piled on the pressure in the second half and their top scorer this season, Yoshida Mizuki, benefitted from a goalkeeping error to level the scores. The second leg is on Sunday.

Yokohama FC Seagulls:
Asari Maya, Miyashita Nanami, Kanazawa Mami, Tanaka Keiko, Yamamoto Kana, Sato Nagisa, Nakai Miku, Muta Kaori, Ishihara Ami, Yamamoto Emi (capt), Yoshida Mizuki
Subs: Tanaka Yui (Nakai Miku, 73 mins), Shibata Manami (Ishihara Ami, 84 mins), Ishihara Misato (Sato Nagisa, 89 mins)
Unused subs: Deguchi Haruna, Imai Sayuri, Senda Marina
Scorers: Yoshida Mizuki (76 mins)

Fukuoka J. Anclas:
Kishi Hoshimi, Marugata Rie, Hanada Aiko, Ito Chisa, Fujisawa Marin (capt), Fukui Shihori, Doshita Misato, Ukita Kotone, Yatsugi Akane, Fujimoto Yuki, Yanagita Shiori
Subs: Doi Narumi (Ito Chisa, 58 mins)
Unused subs: Hirata Misato, Komatsu Misato, Kobayashi Natsumi
Scorers: Fujisawa Marin (44 mins)
Booked: Ukita Kotone

Challenge League Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs First Legs

Orca Kamogawa FC  1 - 0  Mashiki Renaissance Kumamoto
(Attendance: 1,694)

Orca Kamogawa scored after eleven minutes through Japan Soccer College graduate Nakashima Ayaka and although they failed to extend their lead they will feel confident of gaining promotion. Kumamoto will need to recover well if they are not to be again relegated to the Kyushu League.

Orca Kamogawa FC:
Arima Shizuka, Nakamura Mami, Shibata Satomi (capt), Kihara Kozue, Maruyama Akane, Nakashima Ayaka, Kawakami Akiko, Dozono Ayano, Sato Eriko, Kitamoto Ayako, Nagaki Mariko
Unused subs: Uchida Yuko, Sasaki Haruka, Yamasaki Erika, Fukusho Nozomi, Tairaku Yukari
Scorers: Nakashima Ayaka (11 mins)

Mashiki Renaissance Kumamoto:

Ushijima Natsuki, Kameoka Natsumi, Mine Tomomi, Toriyabe Kozue, Kitagawa Minamo, Hamada Erina, Nakamura Miki, Hori Natsumi, Okamura Sayo, Kutsuna Arisa, Kurahara Honami (capt)
Subs: Terasawa Nozomi (Mine Tomomi, 56 mins), Nakabayashi Minami (Kutsuna Arisa, 71 mins), Kouji Eri (Okamura Sayo, 82 mins)
Unused subs: Nakashima Mizuho, Uchida Momoko


INAC Kobe Leoncina  0 - 2  Tsukuba FC Ladies
(Attendance: 220)

Tsukuba dominated against their young rivals and easily won just their second game this season, the first coming on the opening day. Kamei Yumi scored both goals, one in either half, and with a home game to come Tsukuba will be fully confident of staying up.

INAC Kobe Leoncina:
Asayama Miho, Takada Maho (capt), Wajima Yui, Nakamura Asuha, Mori Miyu, Okamura Hitomi, Fukao Rumi, Takanaga Chisato, Hara Miina, Shibukawa Suzuna, Yamamoto Momona
Subs: Nakamura Yuka (Nakamura Asuha, 62 mins), Kondo Seina (Yamamoto Momona, 79 mins)
Unused subs: Matsuda Miu, Nagatomo Fuka, Horie Sumire

Tsukuba FC Ladies:
Kunika Shoko (capt), Mitsuma Mutsumi, Sugahara Haruka, Hirano Kiyomi, Fujii Shiho, Ina Chijiru, Mochida Haruka, Shibata Emi, Imanaka Yuri, Kamei Yumi, Shibata Kanaho
Subs: Kawasaki Shiori (Shibata Kanaho, 65 mins), Ojima Hitomi (Shibata Emi, 81 mins), Kikuchi Sayaka (Mitsuma Mutsumi, 83 mins), Aoki Risa (Mochida Haruka, 88 mins), Murakami Rumika (Kunika Shoko, 90 mins)
Scorers: Kamei Yumi (10, 77 mins)
Booked: Shibata Emi, Kikuchi Sayaka

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Nadeshiko League Division 1 Promotion/Relegation Playoff First Leg

Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara  2 - 2  Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki
(Attendance: 2,776)

In front of a record crowd Nojima Stella recovered from a two-goal deficit to end the first leg level with Takatsuki against whom they hope for better next week. Takatsuki scored both of their goals in the first half, Narumiya Yui and Sato Kaede adding to their season's tallies with fine goals. Nojima scored their first from a corner kick, with the last touch in a crowded penalty area coming off a Takatsuki player. Another mistake in the visitor's defence allowed substitute Nagasawa Madoka to level the tie deep into additional time. The second leg is on Saturday afternoon.

Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara:
Genevieve Richard, Ishida Minami, Terada Reiko, Hirano Yuka, Kobayashi Miharu, Oyama Saki (capt), Yoshimi Natsuki, Tanaka Yoko, Kawashima Haruna, Minamino Arisa, Gonno Takako
Subs: Nagasawa Madoka (Gonno Takako, HT), Kanai Nanae (Kawashima Haruna, 73 mins)
Unused subs: Kobayashi Shiori, Sakamoto Juri, Yoshida Ayaka, Inoue Yurie, Kawarazaki Nozomi
Scorers: Own Goal (77 mins), Nagasawa Madoka (90+3 mins)

Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki:
Ono Maya, Hayashi Momo, Tsuboi Ayako, Sato Kaede, Akiba Yumeko, Takeda Arisa, Narumiya Yui, Torao Naomi (capt), Takahashi Saki, Hazuki Yuki, Maruyama Karina
Subs: Yoshimura Midori (Takahashi Saki, 27 mins), Kitagawa Wakana (Takeda Arisa, 84 mins), Enya Mari (Hazuki Yuki, 90 mins)
Unused subs: Ueno Yukiko, Yoneyama Suzumi, Fujino Suzuka, Saito Toshiko
Scorers: Narumiya Yui (34 mins), Sato Kaede (42 mins)