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August 31, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA (Aug. 30) - The Atlanta Beat (5-11-5) host the Boston Breakers (9-7-5) for the first time this season at KSU Soccer Stadium in the fourth and final matchup between these clubs on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 PM EST.

In two of the three meetings between Atlanta and Boston, the Beat have scored the first goal of the match (July 11 and Aug. 21) while the Breakers have only scored the game opener once. Boston holds the all-time 2-1-0 advantage as both clubs approach the match 1-1 in their last two Women's Professional Soccer contests.

When the teams last met on Saturday, Aug. 21 in New Britain, CT, the Beat defeated the Breakers 3-2 on a first half finish from Lori Chalupny and second half goals by Eniola Aluko and Aya Miyama. Atlanta maintained the majority of possession. However, Boston pressed on in the final minutes, earning second half goals from Lindsay Tarpley and Kristine Lilly. The 3-2 Beat result was the team's first match under Interim Head Coach James Galanis.

The Breakers come into Wednesday's match after a 2-1 win on Sunday, Aug. 29 over the league's second-place team, the Philadelphia Independence. Boston defender Stephanie Cox netted her first WPS goal in the 34th minute before the Breakers earned a penalty kick in the 58th. Kelly Smith struck a low, driven ball into the bottom right corner for the win. The goal was Smith's 11th on the season.

The Beat approach the match after a tough 6-1 loss to regular season champions, FC Gold Pride. "We're just going to play well as a team, and tighten up," said Galanis after the match, "They know the mistakes they made, so I'm sure they are going to (work) on those these things and take it into Wednesday."

With playoff implications heavily weighing in the balance, a win from either side is the only controllable means to remain in contention. For Atlanta, wins against Boston, Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ) and the Washington Freedom are necessary to reach post-season play. For the Breakers, a win against Atlanta clinches a post-season berth and a home playoff game.

Support the Atlanta Beat as they host the Boston Breakers in the first of two final home matches this inaugural season. Fans purchasing seats in the East Sideline can take a photo with Beat midfielder Lori Chalupny and Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly. Both are U.S. stars with Olympic and World Cup experience.

Call 678-298-4780 for more information and ask about our special BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offer. KSU Students gain free entry when they order seats by Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 5:00 P.M. ET.

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