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Beat Face Sky Blue FCon Saturday

April 14, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

Kennesaw, GA (April 14, 2011) - The Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer take on Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ) at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 at KSU Soccer in the second of three straight Atlanta Beat home games.

The Beat went undefeated in preseason (8-0), giving up only one goal, but they suffered a tough loss to the Boston Breakers in last week's home opener. In that opening match, the Beat outshot the Breakers 9-3 in the second half with all Beat attempts on goal. Despite settling into the flow of the match late in the first half and throughout much of the second, the Beat were unable to come away with the result.

"I think it was a really good start for our young team," said head coach James Galanis. "We prepared well in the pre-season, but we were unsure of where we stood at the WPS level. I knew that the team could compete but the players needed to see it for themselves. At the end of the game the players realized that they can compete at this level. That was a big psychological accomplishment for the entire team.

We lost 4-1 but played fantastic soccer for a lot of the game and had our opponent on their heels for most of the second half. Three of the goals we conceded were created from our own fixable errors. Apart from our errors, we did really well. I'm proud of the team."

Sky Blue went 4-1-0 in preseason, traveling to Turkey where they won all but one game. Against the Philadelphia Independence last week, they tied 2-2 in their New Jersey home opener.

When Sky Blue travels to Atlanta this weekend, midfielders Tobin Heath and Angie Kerr along with forward Eniola Aluko look to face their former Atlanta Beat teammates Lori Chalupny and Lauren Sesselmann. Beat defender Keeley Dowling also faces her former team, where she spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and Cat Whitehill looks to plays against her former coach, Jim Gabarra, who led the Washington Freedom during the league's first two seasons.

All-time, the Beat are 0-2-1 against Sky Blue FC. The last time the two teams met, they finished with a 0-0 tie on Sunday, September 5 at KSU Soccer Stadium. The Beat are looking for their first home win of the season and their first result over the New Jersey club.

Tickets are still available for the match against Sky Blue FC at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 at KSU Soccer Stadium. Call 678-298-4780 or visit

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