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Goal of Women Soccer Players: A Place to Go Pro

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RALEIGH — Not too long ago, great soccer players like UNC's Robin Confer had no place to play after college. With the invent of the W-league elite division, Confer and other's can keep the competitive fires burning.

"To be able to keep on the sport you love and grew up playing your whole life," Confer explains, "I just put so much into soccer, and to have a chance to continue playing. It's awesome."

"It's definitely not for the money," admits Raleigh Wings player Sandy Miller. "But, everybody just loves to play. Soccer is within each one of us to different degrees. It's just great to be able to play competitively."

For the women, it's the best soccer this side of the US national team. Eventually the league will evolve into a women's pro division.

"I would think just from the success of this league and so many national team players looking at it as a good opportunity to get involved," Coach Bill Palladino explains, "the league can't help but grow, I think."

And that's good news to the many outstanding players who now have a place to compete.