Beat Score In Fourth Straight Match
KENNESAW, GA - The Atlanta Beat (5-11-5) scored in their fourth straight match Saturday night as they returned home to KSU Soccer Stadium in front of 4, 289 fans. Mmidfielder Angie Kerr tallied her first goal of the season as the Beat fell 6-1 to the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride (14-3-4).
The Beat attacked early, finding English forward Eniola Aluko over the top in a footrace with the Bay Area defense. Aluko, named Women's Professional Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 19, took the ball endline to serve a low driven ball to Mami Yamaguchi who volleyed just wide left of the goal.
Midfielder Lori Chalupny also had an early chance when she took a shot from the right corner of the 18-yard-box that Pride goalkeeper Brittany Cameron caught on the goal line. The Beat's first half attack was target driven looking to find Yamaguchi to feet and Aluko in behind the opposing backline.
The Bay Area attack looked for through balls to Marta and bending diagonal balls over the top. Pride Midfielder Tiffeny Milbrett scored the opening goal on assist from Shannon Box in the 43rd minute of play, giving the Pride a 1-0 halftime lead.
In the early part of the second half, the Pride's Camile Abily scored the second goal of the match unassisted in the 51st after Beat goalkeeper Hope Solo made a diving save on a one v. one with Marta. The save landed at the corner of the six-yard-box where Abily made the finish.
The Beat notched their lone goal of the match when midfielder Angie Kerr sent a driven ball in from the left side of the field. Pride goalkeeper Brittany Cameron came out to make a play on the challenge for the goal with Aluko when the ball found the back of the net in the 65th.
The Pride rebounded quickly as Marta ran onto a ball, in behind, to net her first goal of the match just a minute later. The Brazilian forward found her second in the 70th minute after Kelley O'Hara dummied square ball on the six for Marta to finish. The game's final goal came in the 72nd off a strike from O'Hara.
Despite tonight's loss, the Beat are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. The Beat have scored at least one goal in seven of their last nine games, earning three-game and five-game scoring streaks.
The Beat return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 PM at KSU Soccer Stadium. CALL 678-298-4780 FOR TICKETS.
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