April 19, 2010

The second week of Women's Professional Soccer saw plenty of goals with Bay Area's FC Gold Pride (1-1-0) defeating 2009 WPS Champions Sky Blue FC (1-1-0), 3-1, on goals from Christine Sinclair and Marta, while the Washington Freedom (1-1-0) defeated the Atlanta Beat (0-1-1) by the same score.

Despite losing, the Beat scored the team's historic first goal in WPS play, when Swiss international Ramona Bachmann put one in the net in the 47th minute at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD.

The Saint Louis Athletica (1-0-1) and Boston Breakers (1-0-1) share their position at the top of the WPS table, after they each earned 1-1 ties to give them both four points in two games. The Athletica were paced by Lori Chalupny's first-half goal against the Chicago Red Stars (0-1-1), as goalkeeper Hope Solo turned away several scoring chances in the second half. But Red Stars rookie Casey Nogueira put away a nice curling right-footed shot from the left side of the box to tie the game in the 60th minute and the Midwest rivals stayed deadlocked at 1.

In Boston, the Boston Breakers took the lead against Philadelphia on a free kick by England international Kelly Smith early in the second half. However, that Independence (0-0-2) defender Allison Falk equalized five minutes later, as she redirected a free kick served in by Lori Lindsey. Like the Beat, it was the first goal for the expansion Independence in league play. Falk is also credited with the first-ever goal in the history of WPS when she scored in the seventh minute for the Los Angeles Sol in the WPS Inaugural Match in 2009.

Three teams remain winless after two weeks, the Beat, Independence and Red Stars will all be looking for their first W of the season in Week 3 of WPS on April 24-25.

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