August 8, 2009

Freedom Clinch 3rd Place with Victory over Sky Blue

Abby Wambach scored twice and Lisa DeVanna added a goal to lead the Washington Freedom to a 3-1 victory over Sky Blue FC. The win lifts the Freedom to 29 points and clinches 3rd place for them. They will host the first round of the playoffs next weekend.

The Freedom led 1-0 at the half on Wambach's first goal and quickly extended the lead to 2-0 early in the 2nd half on her second goal. Sky Blue responded with a goal from Rosana to cut the lead to 2-1, before Lisa DeVanna put the game away with a goal in the 57th minute. Sky Blue outshot the Freedom 28-13 for the match.

Sky Blue must now wait until tomorrow night to know their fate. They are still in 4th place, just one point ahead of Boston. They hold the tiebreaker on Boston, based on going 3-0-1 in the regular season against the Breakers. Boston hosts Los Angeles tomorrow and must win to make the playoffs. If the Breakers win, they will play at Washington next week. If they tie or lose, Sky Blue will play at Washington again next week in the playoff opener.