FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nick Ammazzalorso
LOS ANGELES SOL DEFEATS FC GOLD PRIDE 2-0 AT
THE HOME DEPOT CENTER
CARSON, CA – June 21, 2009 – The Los Angeles Sol (Women’s Professional Soccer) blanked FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) 2-0 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University – Dominguez Hills in Carson on Sunday afternoon.
The Sol remains comfortably atop the WPS standings with an 8-1-4 record (28 points), while FC Gold Pride falls to 3-6-3 (12 pts.). Sol goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made three saves to register her WPS-leading ninth shutout, while midfielder Camile Abily notched her league-best seventh goal of the season.
The Sol opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Aya Miyama’s corner kick from the right side was cleared to the edge of the area finding Sol defender Martina Franko. She then volleyed the bouncing ball, hitting a slow, arching shot that was deflected on the goal mouth by Abily and nestled itself the far corner of the goal and somehow getting past Gold Pride ‘keeper Nicole Barnhart.
Marta doubled the lead in the 25th minute, collecting a long Shannon Boxx pass shy of the area on the left, dribbling into the box and putting her low, left-footed shot past a diving Barnhart and into the goal. It was the fifth goal of the season for the Brazilian and her first since a 1-0 defeat of Sky Blue FC on May 15 at The Home Depot Center.
Los Angeles had three chances just seconds apart in the 71st minute, as Han Duan, Aya Miyama and Marta all had point-blanks cracks at the cage, but each was turned aside. Both clubs had chances in the final twenty minutes, but none hit home as the Sol walked off the field holders of an eight-game unbeaten streak and improved their home record to 6-0-2.
The Los Angeles Sol hosts the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, June 27 at 10 am 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.
Carson, California – The Home Depot Center
FC Gold Pride – Los Angeles Sol 0:2 (0:2)
1 2 F
FC Gold Pride 0 0 0
Los Angeles Sol 2 0 2
LOS – Camile Abily (Martina Franko) 17’
LOS – Marta (Shannon Boxx) 25’
Los Angeles Sol: Karina LeBlanc; Manya Makoski, Allison Falk, Martina Franko, Stephanie Cox; Camille Abily, Shannon Boxx ©, Aly Wagner, Aya Miyama, Brittany Bock (67: Han Duan), Marta.
FC Gold Pride: Nicole Barnhart; Rachel Buehler, Leigh Ann Robinson (57: Marissa Abegg), Kristen Gracyzk, Carrie Dew; Tina DiMartino (85: Tiffany Weimer), Leslie Osborne ©, Formiga; Christine Sinclair, Tiffeny Milbrett, Eriko Arakawa (67: Adriane).
FC Gold Pride Los Angeles
Shots 13 (9) 12 (3)
Shots on Goal 7 (4) 12 (3)
Saves 9 (1) 3 (3)
Fouls 8 (3) 8 (4)
Corners 2 (1) 7 (4)
Offside 0 (0) 2 (2)
Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald
SAR: Marlene Duffy
JAR: Maurizio Laudani
4th Official: Adam Brugman
Weather: Sunny and 77 degrees