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Beat Face Philly on the Road

June 3, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA. (June 2, 2011) - The Atlanta Beat (1-6-1) of Women's Professional Soccer travel to Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania for a rematch against the Philadelphia Independence (2-2-2) on Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The Beat will make their first appearance in Philly and will play in their fifth road match in six games after last week traveling to take on magicJack for the second time this season. Last week the beat suffered a disappointing result. However, "Apart from the scoreline," Beat head coach James Galanis is "pleased with the performance of the team."

During the Beat's last home game, they hosted the Independence in a match that ended in a home heartbreaker. Lori Chalupny scored the first goal of the match at the end of the first half to give the beat a 1-0 advantage going into halftime. Philadelphia's Laura del Rio and Estelle Johnson each put one away in the second half to pull out an Independence 2-1 upset. It was an exciting match where the Beat set this season's first league attendance record with 6,125 fans.

When the Beat and Independence square off this Saturday, both teams will be without U.S. Women's National Team players. The USWNT faces Mexico on Sunday, June 5 at Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, N.J. Missing from the Beat will be midfielder Carli Lloyd and defender Heather Mitts while forward Amy Rodriguez, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, midfielder Lori Lindsey and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart are missing for the Independence.

The Beat return home for a two game home stand on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 19.

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