FC Gold Pride wins fifth straight, sets WPS record
FC Gold Pride, the San Francisco Bay Area franchise in Women's Professional Soccer, kept rolling this weekend with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers (1-2-3) to set a league record with its fifth-consecutive victory in Week 6 of the WPS season. The win moves them four points clear of second-place Philadelphia at the top of the table. Prior to Friday's game, FC Gold Pride (5-1-0) were tied with the Los Angeles Sol for the all-time win streak record with four straight victories. The Pride were led by two goals from four-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, who now has 3 goals on the season.
The Atlanta Beat (0-5-1) were on the opposite end of their own five-game record. The expansion Beat become the first team in WPS history to lose five straight games with a 2-0 loss to the Washington Freedom (3-2-1) at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, GA. For the second week in a row, the Beat outshot their opponents but were beaten on the scoreboard. Abby Wambach notched her seventh assist on the season already -- breaking last year's WPS single-season mark of six -- with a pretty backheel to Lene Mykjaland and then headed home an insurance goal midway through the second half on a feed from Sonia Bompastor.
In other games, the Philadelphia Independence (3-1-2) notched their first road win of the year with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars (1-4-1), while Sky Blue FC (3-2-1) and Saint Louis Athletica (2-1-3) played to a 2-2 tie. Sky Blue FC received a brace from Laura Kalmari while the Athletica got goals from Shannon Boxx and Eniola Aluko, who now leads the league with 4 goals on the year. WPS takes the upcoming weekend off for national team action on several continents including World No. 1 U.S. team taking on World No. 2 Germany in Cleveland, Ohio.