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Ottawa Fury wins division for, ahem, ninth season in a row

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It’s not a surprise — but the heavily favoured Ottawa Fury’s women’s team captured its regular-season division title with a 1-0 win over the Toronto Lady Lynx on Saturday.

Mallory Outerbridge, who won the W-League MVP award last season, but can’t get a sniff with the national program, scored the deciding goal. The Fury extended its home-field unbeaten streak to 30 games, with 28 wins and two draws over the years.

Of course, everything Ottawa does this season is a preparation for the W-League championship weekend, which comes at the end of July. Because Ottawa is hosting this year’s final four, it knows that, no matter what happens this season, it will get the chance to avenge its 2011 appearance in the final four — when it suffered its first loss of the season in the final, when the Atlanta Silverbacks romped over the heavy favourite.

The Fury won’t be losing key players to the Olympics, like some of the other W-League contenders. But this whole season has to be considered a dress rehearsal for the upcoming championship. Still, a season in which the team wraps up the division title with a week to spare i the schedule sends a message out to all of the other W-League clubs that the Fury means business.

Oh, and the Fury won its division for the ninth straight year.

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