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LOS ANGELES SOL DEFEATS WASHINGTON FREEDOM 2-0
IN WPS INAUGURAL MATCH
CARSON, CA – March 29, 2009 – The Los Angeles Sol officially kicked off the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer season with a 2-0 victory over the Washington Freedom in front of 14,832 fans in the WPS Inaugural Match at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University – Dominguez Hills Sunday afternoon.
The first goal in club and league history was recorded in the sixth minute of the match, when Los Angeles defender Allison Falk out-jumped a crowd of Freedom defenders in the penalty area to head in a free kick from Japanese national team star Aya Miyama.
“It was a great ball from Aya. I just went for it – I didn’t think I was going to get to it, but I did and it went in,” said the rookie from Stanford. “It was a very surreal experience … very exciting.”
Sol midfielder Camille Abily (France) tallied the second of the afternoon in the 87th minute, taking a short pass from three-time defending FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, and chipping the ball over the hands of Freedom keeper Brianna Scurry.
“We’re really happy with the victory,” said Los Angeles Sol Head Coach Abner Rogers. “We dodged a few bullets and we came out with a good victory … it is only going to get better.”
The Los Angeles Sol returns to action next Sunday, April 5, when the club faces Sky Blue FC (New Jersey/New York) in a road contest, while the Washington Freedom will meet the Chicago Red Stars in their next game on April 11.
03.29.2009: Carson, CA – The Home Depot Center
LOS ANGELES SOL – WASHINGTON FREEDOM 2:0 (1:0)
LA: 3 – Allison Falk (8– Aya Miyama) 6’;
20 - Camille Abily (10 - Marta) 87’
LA: 23 – Karina Leblanc (GK), 2 – Kendall Fletcher (18 – Katie Larkin, 46’), 3 – Allison Falk, 7 – Shannon Boxx (C), 14 – Stephanie Cox, 8 – Aya Miyama, 11 – Brittney Bock, 20 – Camille Abily, 22 – Manya Makoski, 9 – Han Duan (13 – Christie Welsh, 84’), 10 - Marta
DNP: 1 – Val Henderson (GK), 0 – Brittney Cameron (GK), 4 – Ali Wagner, 5 – Greer Barnes, 6 – McCall Zerboni, 12 – Lisa Sari, 21 - Johann Frisk
Coach: Abner Rogers
WAS: 1 – Briana Scurry (GK), 4 – Cat Whitehill, 11 – Emily Janss, 21 – Alex Singer, 22 – Becky Sauerbrunn, 6 – Lori Lindsey (3 - Jill Gilbeau, 72’), 8 – Sonia Bompastor, 9 – Allie Long, 10 – Homare Sawa, 20 – Abby Wamback (Cap’t), 25 – Claire Zimmeck (17 – Lisa De Vanna, 43’)
DNP: 61 – Kati Jo Spisak (GK), 15 – Kristin Dedycker, 19 – Rebecca Moros
Coach: Jim Gabarra
Statistics LA WAS ( )-Halftime
Goal Attempts 14 (7) 12 (4)
Saves 3 (2) 6 (5)
Fouls 7 (4) 9 (4)
Corners 3 (2) 4 (1)
Offsides 2 (0) 2 (1)
R: Kari Seitz
A1: Veronica Perez
A2: Marlene Duffy
FO: Jennifer Bennett
Quotes from the WPS Inaugural Game
Los Angeles Sol vs. Washington Freedom
March 29, 2009
Sol defeats Freedom 2-0
Jim Gabarra, Washington Freedom Head Coach
On the atmosphere
“It was great; obviously a world class stadium. I was very pleased with the product on the field. From my experience, the level of play was better than that of the WUSA inaugural game.
On the game
“We are missing some synchronization upfront, and that is due to the fact that we are missing a lead forward. She has been carrying an injury and hasn’t been able to train with Abby. They were a little inverted there, for a while. We needed Lisa to get behind the defensive line. Defending Marta and Han was a real handful, but I was happy.”
“The game deserved more goals. We deserved a goal or two, but that’s the game of soccer. We felt that in the second half, we possessed the ball better and had more scoring opportunities. What I take out of it is something to build on. We won our inaugural game for the WUSA, and we ended up tied for last at the end of that season. It’s just one game… it didn’t work out. We came here for three points, but it didn’t work out. They were composed, the keeper made saves. A bounce here, a bounce there, it would have been a different game.”
Abner Rogers, Los Angeles Sol Head Coach
On the game
“We are really happy with the victory. To open up the inaugural season and come out with a victory is very pleasing. There were times when we played very well, but fitness was a bit of an issue for both teams, as you could see. It is only going to get better. I was definitely happy. We dodged a few bullets; even though we came out with a good victory, it was very beneficial.”
On the team before kick-off
“We’ve done a lot of training… there was an adrenalin rush. We tried to taper them down, but they still tried to do more. That tells you a lot about the energy level.”
On the first goal
“The first goal was a set play, something we’ve been working on. Kirby got her head to it. It was pretty chaotic in there, and the ball bounced back in the goal.”
On the second goal
“We had a good counter-attack. Marta and Camille had a great run, passed her the ball at the right time. I’m very very happy.”
Allison Falk, Los Angeles Sol Defender
On scoring the first goal in WPS history
“It was a great ball from Aya. I just went for it - I didn’t think I was going to get it, but I did and it went in. It was a very surreal experience… very exciting.”
Marta, Los Angeles Sol Forward
On the game
“I was very excited to be out there today. The atmosphere was phenomenal, and that always gives you a boost as a player. We got the result we wanted and are very happy with that."
Quotes courtesy of Mike Iwamasa of Leader Enterprises.