WPS: Rare Sol loss; Cristiane gets first hat trick
Week 16 of Women's Professional Soccer featured a rare Los Angeles loss. It didn't hurt the Sol (11-2-4, 37 points), who still have a 14-point lead in the standings. St. Louis Athletica (7-5-2, 23 points) helped its own cause, beating L.A. to secure second place.
Sky Blue FC (5-6-3, 18 points) knocked off Boston 2-1 Sunday and to move into a third-place tie with its East Coast rival Breakers (5-6-3, 18 points). Chicago (4-6-5, 17 points) also earned a win Sunday to move into fifth place. The Washington Freedom (4-6-4, 16 points) did not play and dropped to sixth. FC Gold Pride (3-8-3, 12 points) still sits at the bottom.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. --
"I don't think we played our best game tonight," Red Stars head coach
In the 31st minute, Gold Pride defender
Once play resumed, Chicago immediately took advantage.
CARSON, Calif. -- St. Louis got an early goal and a near flawless defensive performance to hand Los Angeles just its second loss Wednesday.
St. Louis wasted little time, scoring in the 11th minute. Athletica forward
Los Angeles nearly struck in the beginning of the second half when
With six games left on the season, St. Louis has plenty of time to keep pushing. Athletica has a 10-day hiatus before playing at the Washington Freedom. The Sol return to the pitch July 23 and will play their last three matches of the season on the road.
"The loss today is a small bump in our successful season," Sol coach
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Two first-half goals by Sky Blue FC proved to be too much for Boston Sunday evening.
Thirteen minutes later, Sky Blue stuck again.
Boston put up a fight until the bitter end. In the third minute of second-half injury time,
"You can't argue [our team's] work in the second half. They worked incredibly hard," said Breakers head coach