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August 21, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT (August 21, 2010) - The Atlanta Beat defeated the Boston Breakers 3-2 Saturday night in New Britain, CT on a first half finish from Lori Chalupny and two second half goals by Eniola Aluko. Atlanta maintained the majority of possession throughout the match. However, Boston pressed on in the final minutes, earning second half scores from Lindsay Tarpley and Kristine Lilly.

Opening the scoring in the 11th minute was Atlanta midfielder Chalupny who froze a defender on a shot fake, went around that defender, and finished to the far post to put the Beat up 1-0 going into the half.

Boston had a close opportunity in the 24th minute when Taryn Hemmings megged an Atlanta defender on the right side and crossed it into the box to Lauren Cheney. Hope Solo made a brilliant save on the shot..

The Breakers again pressed hard for the equalizer before the half when Kristine Lilly sent a corner to the far post in the 44th minute. Defender Kasey Moore headed it towards the net but Solo again made the leaping save.

Scoring two second half Beat goals was the pacey English forward, Aluko. Aluko made a well timed run on a ball over the top to outpace the Breakers for a one. v. one finish slotted past Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naher in the 66th. Aluko's second and the team's third goal came on a ball played from forward Ramona Bachmann who pushed the ball towards goal and went to play it back. The ball bounced off several players before Aluko came in to finish in the 72nd..

With the Beat up 3-0, Boston relied heavily on more direct service from flank players. The Breakers served in a deep ball into the box on an attempt saved by Beat goalkeeper Hope Solo. The save went to the far side Lindsay Tarpley who made the finish. Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly took advantage of a Beat clearance out of the back that came straight to her feet. Lilly lofted a ball over Solo, who was a the top of the box, to score the final goal of the match in stoppage time.

"We maintained the majority of possession and were the more dangerous team tonight," said Beat general manager Shawn McGee. "Our defense had their best game tonight and won tons of balls and played very compact. The forwards runs fantastic, and a lot of unselfish play. Once we scored our third goal, they started sending long balls in from both flanks contributing to their opportunities."

The Beat return to action at KSU Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7:30PM. Call 678-297-4780 for tickets,

--Player Quotes --

Eniola Aluko, Atlanta Beat Forward

On the win

I think it was a classic performance. We knew what we needed to do today. We have a new coach that has very high expectations for us and we came out here and did what we had to do. It was disappointing to give up the last two goals, but we came out with a win.

Tony DiCicco, Boston Breakers Head Coach

On almost coming back to tie

Once they got a goal, it gave them a lot of confidence. But, we never gave up. We almost pulled off a miracle comeback and I'm proud of the way they played, but we've got some work to do.

Kristine Lilly, Boston Breakers Midfielder

On the loss

We made it exciting the next ten minutes but we didn't have a good first half, we let them play too much and we put ourselves in a hole. But, we fought until the end.

On looking ahead

We just keep playing our game. We've been playing so well and things have been happening so we just need to keep up the good work.

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