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Beat Falls 4-0 To Fc Gold Pride

July 3, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA - The Atlanta Beat (1-6-3) fell 4-0 to Gold Pride (8-3-1) Saturday night at the KSU Soccer Stadium after the Pride's Christine Sinclair scored in the game's first minute and Marta scored goals in both the first and second halves. The Beat's Kia McNeill left the game early with a red card and Tina Ellertson did not return for the second 45.

In the early moments of the game, Marta cut through the Beat defense slotting the ball to Christine Sinclair who finished the first goal of the match. Then Marta dribbled through the Atlanta Beat defense to score one of her own in the 30th.

Atlanta Beat defender Tina Ellertson and Bay Area forward Tiffeny Milbrett collided near the Beat's defensive endline and Ellertson came up from the tackle holding her face. She returned to match to finish the first half but did not appear in the second.

Beat defender Kia McNeill came in on a 50-50 ball with Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhardt which resulted in the red card against McNeill. According referee Kari Seitz, "The red card was given to (McNeill) for serious foul play on the goalkeeper, Nicole Barnhardt of FC Gold Pride [for] exposed studs to the arm of the goalkeeper."

Going into the half, the Bay Area led 2-0.

In the second half, the Beat started Stacy Bishop and Rebecca Nolin at centerback and kept Katie Larkin and Leigh Ann Robinson at left and right back respectively.

The Beat came close to scoring in the 70th minute when the Beat midfielder Aya Miayama capitalized on a set piece. The free kick resulted from Pride defender Ali Riley's foul against Beast midfielder Lori Chalupny. Miyama took the strike but Gold Pride keeper Nicole Barnhart made the save.

Marta's scored her second goal of the night in the 85th minute when she took on several players before cutting it back to make the finish. The final goal of the match came from hometown FC Gold Pride player, Kelley O'Hara who finished a cross from Marta in stoppage time.

"I felt like we were pulling from behind and we were getting opportunities," said O'Sullivan. "When were playing the ball to feet, it led to those opportunities.

Gold Pride led the stats in shots with 11 to the Beat's four, and in corner kicks with 12 to the Beat's two. There were 3,111 fans in attendance at the game.

The Beat's next match is against the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill on Wednesday, July 7 at 8:30 p.m. The team returns home on Wednesday, July 21 to host Chicago on Faith and Family Night. Post-game festivities for this match include the first ever concert at the KSU Soccer Stadium. For more information call 678-298-4780.

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