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LOS ANGELES SOL DEFEATS SKY BLUE FC 1-0
CARSON, CALIF. – Friday, May 15, 2009 – The Los Angeles Sol (Women’s Professional Soccer) defeated Sky Blue FC (NJ-NY) by a 1-0 margin on Friday night at The Home Depot Center. A strike from Brazilian forward Marta was the difference as Los Angeles won its second straight match against their cross-country rivals.
The Sol nearly opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Aya Miyama’s low shot slipped through Sky Blue goalkeeper Jenni Branham’s hands and squirted to Aly Wagner on the end line, but her rebound went untouched across the goal mouth and Sky Blue cleared it out of danger.
The next close call for the Sol came in the 21st minute, as forward Han Duan played a low ball perfectly to Wagner’s right foot just inside the penalty area, but Wagner’s shot flew wide and high of the goal. Neither team threatened again in the first half and the game was scoreless after 45 minutes.
The Sol finally got on the board ten minutes from time on a spectacular individual effort from Marta. After collecting a long ball from Camille Abily at the top of the penalty area, she split two defenders and put her shot past a sprawling Branham to seal the victory.
The Los Angeles Sol returns to The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills on Saturday, May 30 against the Saint Louis Athletica. For more information or to purchase your tickets today, please call toll free at 1-877-4-SOL-TIX (467-5849) or visit www.LosAngelesSol.com.
Carson, Calif., – The Home Depot Center
Los Angeles Sol – Sky Blue FC 1:0 (0:0)
1 2 F
Los Angeles 0 1 1
NJ-NY 0 0 0
LA – Marta 80’ (Camille Abily)
Los Angeles Sol: Karina LeBlanc; Brittany Bock, Allison Falk, Martina Franko, Stephanie Cox; Camille Abily, Shannon Boxx (c), Aya Miyama, Aly Wagner (61: Liz Bogus); Han Duan, Marta.
Sky Blue FC: Jenni Brenham; Christie Rampone (c), Anita Asante, Megan Schnur, Julianne Sitch; Kelly Parker, Collette McCallum (58: Yael Averbuch), Keeley Dowling; Natasha Kai (84: Jen Buczkowski), Heather O’Reilly, Rosana (67: Kasey White).
Statistics Los Angeles NJ-NY
Shots 11(8) 14(5)
Shots on Goal 6(4) 3(3)
Saves 5(4) 3(3)
Fouls 5(3) 9(6)
Corners 0(0) 3(1)
Offside 6(3) 2(1)
Referee: Margaret Domka
SAR: Colin Alabaster
JAR: Adam Brugman
4th Official: Francisco Orozco
Weather: Clear and 65 degrees
Los Angeles Sol Head Coach Abner Rogers
“It was a close battle and each team had opportunities, we had better opportunities in the first half, but we just didn’t capitalize. But, at the end of the game, we scored the goal that mattered.”
“We had a great fan base tonight; the fans really got to see an exciting match and we were able to reward them with three points.”
Los Angeles Sol Forward Marta
“Even though it was an individual play that I scored the goal on, it was the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of my teammates.”
“We have a lot of players who are just getting used to one another, the goals will come.”
Sky Blue FC Head Coach Ian Sawyers
“Overall, we were unlucky not to come away with a win. The difference was Marta’s breakaway that led to the only goal of the game.”
“We didn’t play well in the first half, so we made some adjustments at halftime and dominated a large part of the second half.”
“Overall, we are disappointed, but the team played well.”