March 23, 2010

WPS Exhibition: Atlanta Defeats Breakers in First Matchup Against WPS Opponent

From Atlanta Beat press release:

The Atlanta Beat has defeated the Boston Breakers 2-1 in a WPS exhibition match played in St. Augustine, Florida this evening. Monica Ocampo and Mami Yamaguchi scored the goals for Atlanta, while Claire Zimmeck scored the Breakers' only goal.

“We scored two very nice goals,” said Beat Head Coach Gareth O’Sullivan. “We looked like we had a third goal in us, and the team showed great character to pull-out the win after Boston scored late in the second half.”

O'Sullivan was also very happy with his team's defensive effort. “With every preseason game, we are looking to make adjustments and to improve defensively as a unit,” said the Coach, “Tonight was a good step to prove ourselves against a quality opponent.”

Atlanta still has scrimmages against NCAA powers Florida State and North Carolina, before facing Saint Louis Athletica in their final preseason contest in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 3.


angela on March 24, 2010 at 8:02 AM said...

This is such bad news for the Breakers. 0-2-2 in the preseason? Yikes. And to be beaten by a team that's only played together for weeks, a month maybe? Double yikes.

I don't know what to suggest for Boston anymore, but I'd like to start by saying a new coach, benching some players that just shouldn't be playing at the professional level, and new coach.

Did I say new coach yet?


KC said...

Thanks for your comments!

Don't get to down on the Breakers yet. Alex Scott and Kelly Smith did not play against Atlanta and that's two pretty important pieces to the puzzle. It was a good win for Atlanta, because they showed they could play with the established teams and play well.

As far as coaching goes, Tony has been successful on several levels. However, it is definitely something to keep a close watch this year after the A-Rod situation last year. I still think Boston will be near the top battling for 1st place by the end of the season, barring any major injuries.