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Atlanta Beat Fall to magicJack 2-0

May 9, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

BOCA RATON, FL (MAY 8, 2011) - The Atlanta Beat fell 2-0 to magicJack on Mother's Day after Ella Masar scored in the first half and Christen Press put one away in the second at Florida Atlantic University on Sunday.

The home team came out with high-pressure as their three forward attack challenged the Beat's defensive approach. In the 24th minute, magicJack took the advantage when midfielder Lindsey Tarpley sent a long diagonal ball into the box from about 30 yards out. Atlanta Beat goalkeeper Alli Lipsher tipped it away from goal but magicJack forward Masar ran far post to score off the deflection.

The Beat found their first shot on goal in the 33rd minute when Kristina Larsen struck a shot from just outside the box, but magicJack goalkeeper Hope Solo was there for the save. Moments later, midfielder and Atlanta Beat captain Lori Chalupny found the ball around the corner of the six yard box. Chalupny backed in towards goal on magicJack defender Becky Sauerbrunn before playing it wide for service. The ball was then played into space for Laruen Sesselmann, but the offsides flag prevented the chance to cross.

In the 44th minute, magicJack defender and captain Christie Rampone collapsed in her own 18 yard box. She was carried off the field and replaced by Meghan Schnur just before the halftime whistle. There is still no official word as to what caused her to go down.

Heading into the break, the physical match had teams nearly even on fouls with Atlanta committing five to magicJack's four. Beat defender Analisa Marquez picked up a yellow card in the 20th.

Once the second half was underway, play went back and forth as teams swung the ball through the midfield. The Beat found several half-chances in the early going, but it was magicJack's Christen Press who scored the game's final goal in the 64th minute.

In the 66th minute, Beat head coach James Galanis added pace to his attack when he replaced Megan Jesolva with Lyndsey Patterson on the right. Patterson's speed was no match for magicJack's defense as she ran onto through balls and dribbled into the box in on back-to-back occasions. Her closest chance came in the 70th minute when she cut inside magicJack's Marian Dalmy. Patterson was headed toward the near post when Becky Sauerbrunn came in for a tough tackle that sandwiched Patterson and broke-up the play.

The Beat return home on Sunday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. to take on the Philadelphia Independence at KSU Soccer Stadium. Call 678-298-4780 for tickets.


Atlanta Beat Head Coach James Galanis

On the match overall

It started out alright for the first 10 minutes or so, but slowly we let them creep into the game. When they scored their first goal, they had us on their heels. Then once they scored their second goal, we started playing the way we should have been playing. It was very disappointing.

On magicJack controlling the pace of the game

I think the first goal made a difference. As soon as we conceded that first goal, we started thinking too much. We forgot about playing, and I think the first goal just changed the game. If we had scored the first goal, it might have been a different game. But, because they scored, I think it affected us mentally.

On difference between this road match and the one against Western New York last week

I think we did better this week compared to last week, believe it or not. We did do a lot better. Again, we just didn't play up to our potential. We had a lot of players that made a lot of mistakes and a lot of players that didn't really impact the game a lot. It was better than last week, so it is a little step forward but really disappointing at the same time.

Thoughts heading into match against the Philadelphia Independence on May 15

I want to make sure that the girls are confident and that they don't completely lose their confidence because they were some good things out there today. We finished up the last 15 minutes playing how we should be playing the entire match. Hopefully, we can take the last 15 minutes of this game into the next game.

Ella Masar (magicJack forward who scored the first goal)

On scoring the first goal of the match

Lindsay Tarpley played a great ball in, and I was just lucky that I followed there.

On magicJack and playing against the Beat

This year is such an interesting year. Every team is going to be good. There is not a top team, and there is not a bottom. Each day you have to come out here and play your hardest for 90 minutes, and any team can sneak a goal in. After we got that second goal, we got a little bit of breathing room, and we wanted to keep going.

Overall thoughts on opening the season as a member of the magicJack team

This is the first time I have ever been 3-0 in WPS. Three games in a row is actually a record for me. So, I'm pretty excited. Now we have a week to rest and kind of recover, and then we're going to go into Buffalo. Buffalo is at the top of the pack, so we're excited to go in to play them before a lot of our girls go to the World Cup.

Christen Press (magicJack forward who scored the second goal)

How important was this win and what are your thoughts on the team losing so many players to the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany'

I think it was seriously important, and I think that although we are going to hugely miss our players, it's going to be a huge opportunity for other players to step-up because our team is so deep that there are so many players that don't even get the chance to play. I think that during the World Cup, we're still going to be an incredibly strong team.

How are you adjusting to Florida'

I think I am doing good for myself because I am a Southern California girl. It's humid, and I am sweaty. But, I think that it's better than I thought. Ask me in August.

Thoughts on the first half

We always come out to start with a lot of pressure on them, and I felt like that's what we did. It's hot; it's humid; it's Sunday at 4:00, so we died down a little bit. After halftime, we got riled-up and got back out there, playing a lot better in the second half and putting a lot more shots on board. I think that was probably the best we've ever done at closing a game, so we were proud of that.

Thoughts on early season and for the later stages of 2011

I think as a team, we show glimpses of brilliance. I think that's what we all have to focus on because we have so many great players, and I feel blessed to be here.

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