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Beat fall 2-0 in Boston

August 4, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

ALLSTON, MA - In a second meeting with the Boston Breakers (7-6-4, 25 points) Wednesday night at Harvard Stadium, the Atlanta Beat (4-8-5, 17 points) fell 2-0 after an early first half goal and a mid second half finish, both by Boston's Kelly Smith, snapped the Beat's four game unbeaten streak.

Boston stuck early with a one minute goal from Kelly Smith, assisted by Lindsay Tarpley, putting the Breakers up to a 1-0 lead. The English International struck again in the 62nd minute, putting Boston up 2-0. The Boston result marked the second Beat loss to the Northeastern team. The game-winner came a quick forty seconds after kick-off when Lauren Cheney sent a long ball across the field to Lindsay Tarpley on the right side. Tarpley then sent a cross into the box for Smith to finish.

The remainder of the first half was scoreless but not without opportunities for both sides. In the 31st minute, July WPS Player of the Month Jordan Angeli got her head on a corner kick sent to the near post by Kristine Lilly, but the shot bounced off the post and went wide. Then, seconds before the half ended, Atlanta had a chance to score when Johanna Rasmussen one-touched a shot in the box, but it sailed just wide.

Smith sealed the victory in the 62nd minute when she ran onto a loose ball in the box and hit a low shot into the right corner of the net. This marked Smith's ninth goal of the season, her fifth in three games, and slid her into third place in the league for scoring.

The Breakers pressed hard for a third when in stoppage time Fabiana went on a breakaway, but WPS Player of the Week, Hope Solo came off her line to prevent the goal. The Beat return to action at home on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 7PM at KSU Soccer Stadium. Call 678-298-4780 for tickets.

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