FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nick Ammazzalorso
LOS ANGELES SOL DROPS 2-1 DECISION
TO THE BOSTON BREAKERS
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Saturday, May 2, 2009– The Los Angeles Sol (Women’s Professional Soccer) suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Boston Breakers Saturday night at Harvard Stadium.
Midfielder Kelly Smith opened the scoring for the Breakers (3-2-0, 9 pts.) in the second minute when the Sol failed to clear a ball from their defensive third of the field. Smith collected the ball and calmly beat a diving Karina LeBlanc - the first time the Sol defense has surendered a goal this season.
Forward Han Duan nearly equalized for the Sol (3-1-1, 10 pts.) in the 17th minute, but her effort from just outside the penalty area sailed high of the Breakers goal. In the 44th minute, Marta made a 50-yard run into the box from the left side of midfield, nearly reaching the endline, but her low cross did not find a teammate and was cleared by the Breakers defense and Boston finished the half with the 1-0 lead.
Midfielder Kristine Lilly doubled the lead for the Breakers ten minutes after the break when she corralled Stacy Bishop’s pass and put her low shot into the side netting and past LeBlanc.
Los Angeles rookie defender Brittany Bock trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the 63rd minute when she rose above the Boston defense and got Aya Miyama’s free kick past Breakers ‘keeper Kristin Luckinbill, who stayed firmly planted on her line.
The Sol had a few chances to equalize in the final twenty minutes, including a shot by Marta in the closing moments, but they were unable to hit home and the Breakers clinched the 2-1 win.
The Los Angeles Sol is guaranteeing all fans who attend their May 10 home game against the Boston Breakers at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills a free ticket to the club’s June 3 home game against the Chicago Red Stars, if the Sol wins. 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.
Cambridge, Mass. – Harvard Stadium
Boston Breakers – Los Angeles Sol X:X (1:0)
1 2 F
Boston 1 1 2
Los Angeles 0 1 1
BOS – Kristine Lilly (Stacy Bishop) 55’
LOS – Brittany Bock (Aya Miyama) 63’Lineups
Los Angeles Sol: Karina LeBlanc; Manya Makoski, Matina Franko, Brittany Bock, Stephanie Cox; Camille Abily (Katie Larkin: 75), Shannon Boxx (c), Aya Miyama; Aly Wagner, Han Duan, Marta.
Boston Breakers: Kristin Luckinbill; Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Sue Weber, Alex Scott; Kelly Smith, Angela Hucles, Stacy Bishop; Kelly Schmedes (Kasey Moore: 76), Chritine Latham (Amy Rodriguez: 64), Kristine Lilly (c).
Statistics Los Angeles Boston
Shots 11 (4) 14 (8)
Shots on Goal 4 (0) 6 (4)
Saves 4 (3) 3 (0)
Fouls 10 (4) 11 (6)
Corners 7 (2) 5 (3)
Offside 3 (2) 1 (1)
Referee: Kari Seitz
SAR: Danielle Magourik
JAR: Douglas Coutts
4th Official: Michael Rugnetta
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 71 degrees
LOS ANGELES SOL QUOTES
“They had a purpose, especially in the first few minutes, After we relaxed and started to play our game. After the second goal, being the fighters we are, we came back and had a few chances.”
We have them at home next week. Anytime you lose, you want the chance to avenge that as soon as possible. We have that chance next week.”
HEAD COACH ABNER ROGERS
“We’ll take a lot of positives from the game. Even after they scored the second goal, we never put our heads down. We will learn from it.”