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SUNDAY SOCCER ROUNDUP

SUNDAY SOCCER ROUNDUP
by WPS – Staff Report
05/16/2010 – 02:55 p.m.
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Sky Blue FC‘s Laura Kalmari celebrates scoring her second goal of the match.

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Fenton, MO. (May 16, 2010) — Saint Louis Athletica (2-1-3, 9 points) and Sky Blue FC (3-2-1, 10 points) battled it out on Sunday afternoon at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in front of 2,346 fans. The back and forth game ended in a 2-2 draw with Athletica being forced to make a desperate comeback.

Saint Louis got off to a quick first half start on a soggy field as they established an early attack. Brazilian defender Elaine made a run up the right wing that took her into the penalty area, and as she turned near the byline Yael Averbuch made an attempted tackle that saw none of the ball. Referee Margaret Domka immediately awarded the penalty, and Shannon Boxx converted the spot kick comfortably.

Both teams had clear scoring chances throughout the first half. Athletica developed more of theirs but were unable to find the back of the net. Saint Louis best sequence of attacking play came in the 32nd minute when Chalupny played a ball to Boxx who found Tarpley who laid it off for Aluko. Aluko’s shot sailed high and wide.

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Wambach leads Freedom to 2-0 win over Beat
by WPS – Staff Report
05/16/2010 – 10:18 a.m.
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Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach (right) plays the ball away from Atlanta Beat co-captain, Angie Kerr.

Boxscore (all statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial)KENNESAW, GA (May 16, 2010) — The Washington Freedom downed the Atlanta Beat, 2-0, at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., on Sunday, May 16, 2010.  Washington’s Lene Mykjåland and Abby Wambach scored Freedom goals, and a head to head collision between McCall Zerboni and Sonia Bompastor sent two players off injured early in match. In the opening minutes of the match, Freedom’s Sonia Bompastor collided in the air with the Beat’s McCall Zerboni leaving both players on the ground.  Zerboni was carted off the field despite regaining consciousness.  She was later transported to the hospital for precautionary measures. Bompastor walked off the field, her forehead bloodied from the impact, to receive stitches and returned to the game in the 24th minute with a bandaged head. “I went to win the ball in the air,” said Bompastor. “I just remember I hit her, she hit me, and we went down. I was okay, though. Even when I went to the ground I was okay. I don’t know how Zerboni is, but I am sorry that it happened.”Following the injury, the Beat had several attacking chances including midfielder Angie Kerr’s shot that went just wide at the 12 minute mark.  The Freedom’s Mykjåland finished in the 28th when Wambach back-heeled to the Norwegian international who shot a low driven ball to the bottom left corner of the goal.The Beat rebounded with several chances in the 29th when midfielder Johanna Rasmussen sent in a heavy cross intended for Stacy Bishop.  Less than a minute later, midfielder Sophia Mundy had a chance down the right flank that resulted in another Atlanta Beat corner. After forcing Washington goalkeeper Erin McLeod to save five shots on goal, the Beat ended the first half with six corners to none and 11 shots to four.

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