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Aluko Named WPS Player of the Week

August 24, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release


KENNESAW, GA (Aug. 24) - English forward Eniola Aluko is Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 19 after scoring what would prove to be the decisive goal to lead the expansion Atlanta Beat to a vital 3-2 victory over the Boston Breakers.

Aluko's goal in the 73rd minute Saturday in New Britain, Conn., gave Atlanta (5-10-5) a three-goal advantage on Boston, which scored two late goals in a rally that fell short. The victory moved the Beat within a point of escaping the WPS cellar and within five of a playoff berth with four games remaining on its schedule.

The goal was Aluko's eighth of the season and her fourth since joining the Beat after Saint Louis Athletica folded in May. She has 14 WPS career goals.

This is the third time Aluko has been honored as Player of the Week -- she won in Week 12 last season and in Week 1 this year, both while with Saint Louis. This also marks the second time an Atlanta Beat player has won the award. Hope Solo, who also came to the Beat from Saint Louis, won in Week 16.

The WPS Player of Week is selected by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters.

Week 1: Eniola Aluko (Saint Louis Athletica)

Week 2: Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

Week 3: Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence)

Week 4: Sonia Bompastor (Washington Freedom)

Week 5: Karen Bardsley (Sky Blue FC)

Week 6: Marta (FC Gold Pride)

Week 7: Kosovare Asllani (Chicago Red Stars)

Week 8: Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

Week 9: Marta (FC Gold Pride)

Week 10: Danesha Adams (Philadelphia Independence)

Week 11: Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

Week 12: Marta (FC Gold Pride)

Week 13: Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars)

Week 14: Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride)

Week 15: Caroline Seger (Philadelphia Independence)

Week 16: Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)

Week 17: Kelly Smith (Boston Breakers)

Week 18: Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)

Week 19: Eniola Aluko (Atlanta Beat)

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