August 15, 2010

WPS Weekend Wrap - August 15

Boston Breakers 4, Sky Blue FC 0

The Breakers dominated in this one to take their first victory in seven tries against Sky Blue with a 4-0 victory.

Boston got on the board early. In the 9th minute, an Amy LePeilbet free kick found Jordan Angeli on the right side of the box. She head the ball across to Lauren Cheney, who flicked a header into the lower left corner of the net.

Cheney nearly got her second in the 15th minute, but Jen Branam was able to parry Cheney's shot from 18 yards. Boston continued to have the better of play for most of the 1st half.

Boston finally got their second late in the half. A long ball from Stephanie Cox was sent to the top of the box. Lauren Cheney shielded a defender off of the ball, with it finding Jordan Angeli. She hit a half volley in the upper left corner to make it 2-0.

In the 49th minute, the Breakers scored off yet another set piece starting with a Kristine Lilly corner kick. Amy LePeilbet headed the ball to Jordan Angeli who headed the ball on frame, only to have Jen Branam make the save. But Lindsay Tarpley was there to bury the rebound.

Boston made it 4-0 on a great strike from Laura del Rio. Del Rio hit a blast from the right side of the box into the upper left corner.

Boston moved to 29 points and now has a comfortable seven point cushion on the two 4th place teams, Sky Blue and Washington. Boston will host Atlanta next weekend. Sky Blue stays tied for 4th place and will host Philadelphia next weekend.

Philadelphia Independence 3, Atlanta Beat 2

Atlanta scored early, but Philadelphia scored more often as the Independence took a 3-2 win over the Beat. The victory kept Philadelphia safely in 2nd place.

Atlanta struck first on early goals by Johanna Rasmussen and Lori Chalupny. It was Chalupny's first goal since joining the Beat.

Philadelphia drew to within one on a goal by Tina DiMartino before the break. DiMartino made it a brace with her score in the 60th minute. That set the stage for Joanna Lohman's game winner in the 81st minute.

Philadelphia clinched at least a tie for a playoff spot with the victory and moved to within six points of league leading Gold Pride. Philadelphia travels to New Jersey next weekend. The loss was a blow to Atlanta's playoff hopes. They remain in last place with just 17 points, five out of 4th place. They travel to Boston for the third time next weekend.

1) FC Gold Pride (12-3-4, 40 pts); 2) Philadelphia (10-6-4, 34 pts); 3) Boston (8-6-5, 29 pts); 4) Sky Blue FC (6-9-4, 22 pts); 4) Washington (5-8-7, 22 pts); 6) Chicago (5-9-6, 21 pts); 7) Atlanta (4-10-5, 17 pts).