August 21, 2010

Beat Defeat Breakers To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

The Atlanta Beat built up a three goal lead and then held on to defeat the Boston Breakers by a 3-2 margin in a game played in New Britain, Connecticut before over 4000 fans. Lori Chalupny scored the opener in the first half and second half substitution Eniola Aluko scored twice to lead the Beat.

Boston made a late charge with goals from Lindsay Tarpley and Kristine Lilly in the closing minutes, but it was too little too late for the Breakers.

Atlanta moves to 5-10-5 and 20 points. They are now five points out of the fourth and final playoff berth. They will face Gold Pride at home next weekend. Despite the loss, the Breakers scored in their 11th consecutive game, just one short of a WPS record. They fall to 8-7-5, but remain in 3rd place. The Breakers, who will play their last four matches on the road, will travel to Philadelphia next week in a battle for playoff position.