April 24, 2010

Gold Pride Edges Beat on Late Goal by Dew

Carrie Dew's header in the 90th minute gave FC Gold Pride a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Beat on Saturday night at Castro Valley Athletic Stadium. It is the first time that Gold Pride has won two consecutive games in the team's history.

Tiffeny Milbrett opened the scoring in 11th minute, assisted by Camille Abily. Monica Ocampo got the equalizer for Atlanta in the 25th minute, assisted by Angie Kerr. The 1st half ended with the score tied at one.

Both teams traded chances in the 2nd half, with no scoring until the deciding goal in the closing minute. A Kiki Bosio flip throw started the scoring sequence, which was headed by an Atlanta player, but recovered by Ali Riley who flicked the ball back toward the goal with Dew finishing.

Tobin Heath, the 1st selection in the January draft, came off the field injured in the 1st half and had to be carried off the field. Later, Ramona Bachmann went down, but she returned to action.

Gold Pride was playing without Christine Sinclair and Candace Chapman, who were away on national team duty for Canada. Atlanta was missing Kia McNeill who was suspended for the game.

The victory gives Gold Pride 1st place for the moment with 6 points, pending the outcome of tomorrow's contests.