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Beat Travel to New Jersey for Wednesday Match

June 22, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release


KENNESAW, GA (June 22, 2011) - The Atlanta Beat (1-7-3) of Women's Professional Soccer travel to Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. to take on Sky Blue FC (2-3-3) for the third time this season.

The Beat are coming off a Sunday draw against the Boston Breakers that ended in a 0-0 scoreline after a hard fought 90 minutes. The tie gave each team one point in the standings as the Beat led 9-6 in shots. The shot margin proved to be another stepping stone for the Beat as it marked the third time this season they have outshot their opponent. In the season opener on Saturday, April 9 against the Boston Breakers, the Beat led 14-8 in shots and 9-5 in shots on goal. That effort was followed by a 15-11 shot advantage on Sunday, May 15 against the Philadelphia Independence. The Beat played at home in each of these three matches.

When the Beat first met Sky Blue FC on Saturday, April 16 at KSU Soccer Stadium, they came away with three points and a 1-0 win following forward Meghan Lenczyk's game winner in the 51st minute.

Wednesday's match presents a tough defensive task for the Beat since the club will play without center backs Keeley Dowling and Cat Whitehill. Dowling suffered a season ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear on Sunday against the Boston Breakers, and Whitehill is heading to Germany to cover the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup for ESPN.

Other players missing for the match are World Cup participants training in Austria. The Beat will be without midfielder Carli Lloyd (USA), defender Heather Mitts (USA) and midfielder Kelly Parker (Canada) while Sky Blue takes the field without midfielders Tobin Heath (USA) and Heather O'Reilly (USA). The match will also be the last Beat game before a two-week WPS break for the Women's World Cup.

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