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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Los Angeles Sol and Sky Blue FC Play to Scoreless Draw at Yurcak Field




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Allison Falk, Natasha Kai

LOS ANGELES SOL AND SKY BLUE FC PLAY TO SCORELESS DRAW AT YURCAK FIELD

PISCATAWAY, NJ – June 13, 2009 – The Los Angeles Sol (Women’s Professional Soccer) and Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY) played to a scoreless draw at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University. The Sol’s maintains a firm grasp on first place in WPS with a 7-1-4 record (25 pts), while Sky Blue improves 2-5-3 (9 points).

The rain clearly affected play from outset, as both teams struggled to complete passes on the soggy field. Sky Blue had the better of the play in the early, with Natasha Kai, Hosana and Heather O’Reilly all taking shots in the first five minutes. However, none of them troubled Sol goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc.

Jenni Branam, Christie Rampone, Marta

In the 11th minute, the Sol nearly went ahead when midfielder Aly Wagner served a long ball into the box that troubled Sky Blue ‘keeper Jenni Branham, who was able to push it out of harm’s way at the last possible instant. Four minutes later, Kai ran on to ball long ball from Kacey White and struck a low ball that beat LeBlanc but rattled the left post and the game remaining scoreless.

After the teams traded chances for the better part of 30 minutes, Sky Blue nearly jumped on top just before the interval when Hosana uncorked a right-footed blast that went just wide of LeBlanc’s and the teams headed to the locker rooms in a scoreless deadlock.

The second half belonged to the home team; Sky Blue outshot the Sol by a 7-2 margin, but was unable to get a shot past LeBlanc, who recorded her league-best eighth shutout.

Karina LeBlanc

The Los Angeles Sol hosts FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) on Sunday, June 21 at 3pm at The Home Depot Center on the Campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills. For more information or to purchase tickets today, please call toll free at 1-877-4-SOL-TIX (476-5849) or visit www.LosAngelesSol.com.

06.13.2009

Piscataway, New Jersey, – Yurcak Field

Los Angeles Sol – Sky Blue FC 0:0 (0:0)

1 2 F

Los Angeles 0 0 0

Sky Blue FC 0 0 0

Scoring Summary

NONE

Lineups

Sky Blue FC: Jenni Branam; Keeley Dowling©, Anita Asante, Christie Rampone©, Meghan Schnur; Heather O’Reilly©, Yael Averbuch, Rosana (Collette McCallum: 60), Kelly Parker; Natasha Kai, Kacey White.

Los Angeles Sol: Karina LeBlanc; Keri Sanchez, Allison Falk, Martina Franko, Stephanie Cox; Camille Abily, Shannon Boxx ©, Aly Wagner, Aya Miyama, Brittany Bock, Marta.

Misconduct Summary

Sky Blue – Natasha Kai (caution) 51’

Sol – Brittany Bock (caution) 83’

Statistics

Los Angeles Sky Blue FC

Shots 5 (3) 14 (7)

Shots on Goal 3 (2) 4 (3)

Saves 3 (2) 3 (2)

Fouls 4 (2) 7 (1)

Corners 1 (1) 2 (0)

Offside 0 (0) 3 (0)

Referee: Daniel Radford

SAR: Teresa Miguel

JAR: Brian Dunn

4th Official: Dario Urrutia

Attendance: 4,138

Weather: Rainy and 63 degrees

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