Beat Return Home On A High Note

June 10, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA - The Atlanta Beat (1-6-2) of Women's Professional Soccer return home at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 to face magicJack (4-2-0) at KSU Soccer Stadium..

Tickets are still available for the first of two Beat home games in June. Call 678-298-4778 or visit www. TheAtlantaBeat.com. For a limited time only, receive a special photo opportunity with the Beat's Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts before they head to Germany next week for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. (Offer available online only).

In last week's match, the Beat traveled to Philadelphia to once again meet the Independence. After a hard fought 90 minutes, the match ended in scoreless tie, and the Beat earned their first point on the road this season. Beat goalkeeper Allison Whitworth was the star of the match with 12 saves as she helped hold the shutout with a huge penalty kick save just moments before the end of the first half.

Saturday's match marks the third time the Beat will face magicJack this season, following the previous two games played at the FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton, Fl. In those matches, both results fell in favor of the home team. With goals from Ella Masar and Christen Press, magicJack took a 2-0 victory in the first match. The second game ended in a 4-0 result after an Abby Wambach hat trick and a goal from Sarah Huffman.

Midfielder Johanna Rasmussen and defender Tina Ellertson of magicJack will be returning to their former home field as they revisit KSU Soccer Stadium for the first time in 2011. Both Rasmussen and Ellertson were members of the Beat side in 2010. U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo, was also a part of that team as well.

Atlanta Beat defender Cat Whitehill will again face a few former Washington Freedom teammates this weekend. Whitehill was a member of the Freedom for two seasons (2009 and 2010) before signing with the Beat. The Freedom later took on new ownership and became magicJack in 2011.

The Atlanta Beat welcomes their newest addition, midfielder Kacey White to the pitch this weekend. The Beat acquired White late Thursday night in a trade that brought the talented 27 year-old to the Beat in exchange for the first draft pick in the fourth round of the 2012 WPS Draft.

The Beat's Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts will be in attendance for Saturday's match. However, they will not compete due to preparations for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup. For the visiting magicJack, the same is true for forward Abby Wambach, goalkeepers Hope Solo and Jillian Lloyden, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, and midfielder Meghan Klingenberg.

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