WPS: Post-season schedule in place
The inaugural Women's Professional Soccer regular season has come to a close. Four teams head into post-season action, which begins Aug. 15, when the Washington Freedom hosts Sky Blue FC at 4 p.m. ET. On Aug. 19, Saint Louis Athletica will host that winner in the Super Semifinal. On Aug. 22, the Los Angeles Sol will host the semifinal winner in the WPS Championship.
The Sol continued to improve earning a 2-1 win Sunday night. Los Angeles ends the season with a 12-3-5 record (41 points). Saint Louis Athletica secured second place last week, but added to its success with a win and a draw. Athletica ends the campaign with a 10-6-4 record (34).
The Washington Freedom (8-7-5, 29) secured third place in the standings on Saturday night, topping Sky Blue FC 3-1.
Sky Blue FC (7-9-5, 26) earned the fourth and final playoff spot. Sky Blue suffered a loss Saturday, but with the Boston Breakers' loss on Sunday, they secured fourth place. Boston (7-9-4, 25) ends the season in fifth place.
The Chicago Red Stars (5-10-5, 20) end the season in sixth place. FC Gold Pride (4-10-6, 18) earned a draw in its last match, but still ended the season at the bottom of the standings.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. --
After a scoreless first half, Sky Blue turned up the heat as soon as the second half began. In the 46th minute,
Kai doubled the lead for Sky Blue 15 minutes later.
"The win was big for us," Kai said. "We knew we had to win this game. We knew we controlled our own fate. We know we had to win these next two games. We took care of it tonight and we came up with the three points."
Sky Blue outshot FC Gold Pride 22-6.
FENTON, Mo. --
Welsh gave Saint Louis a 1-0 lead, knocking in a 33rd minute goal.
Welsh again found the net in the 64th minute to double the home team's lead.
"It was a happy moment for me to see Welsh score because she has been training and fighting hard. We are going to need a player like her in place of [Eniola] Aluko," Saint Louis coach
BOYDS, Md. -
In the 19th minute,
Despite a number of Sky Blue chances in the first half, Wambach found the net first. De Vanna made a run in the 49th minute, crossing the ball to Wambach. The Freedom striker made it look easy once again, burying her second goal of the night and eighth of the season.
But four minutes later, Sky Blue got a much-needed goal.
However in the 57th minute, the De Vanna - Wambach connection struck again. This time it was Wambach who crossed a low ball to De Vanna. De Vanna sent it into the net for a 3-1 lead.
Kai looked for a goal in the 64th minute, but Freedom defender
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --
But in the second half, the Sol turned up the heat.
In the 90th minute, a foul on Marta in the box proved lethal for Boston. Boxx stepped up to the line to take the penalty kick. She buried it into the upper right corner for the Sol win.
"I'm very proud of our team, but we just came short," said Breakers head coach
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --
Saint Louis goalkeeper
Defender Buehler equalized for the home side when she broke through Athletica's defense and blasted a 20-yard shot past Solo and into the net for her first goal of the season.