Beat Win Two Straight
The Atlanta Beat (3-4-7) defeated the Chicago Red Stars (4-6-5) Wednesday night at KSU Soccer Stadium for a second straight 1-0 finish on an Eniola Aluko goal.
The Beat are now 2-0-2 against the Red Stars after earning the club's first WPS victory on June 19 also at the KSU Soccer Stadium. Wednesday's victory marks the first winning streak of the season after Sunday's 1-0 victory against Sky Blue FC on July 18.
Aluko has scored the only goal of the match in consecutive games. Tonight's score came off a corner kick in the 56th minute when midfielder Stacy Bishop flicked a header on to Aluko for the score.
"I'm a striker, so I'm there to score," said the forward. "It just gives me confidence to keep scoring. It always feels good for a striker to contribute to a win, and that's what I did today."
"Stacy got a good connection on the corner kick to put a header down," said Beat head coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "Eni was in the right place to take it home, so it was a very nice goal."
Aluko was later given a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct, and midfielder Carolyn Blank was also carded for encroachment.
The match continued between raindrops with intermittent summer showers an hour before the match and towards the end of the first half. By the second half, the rain had subsided, and the game continued.
With eleven shots taken against goalkeeper Hope Solo, she made four to maintain the shutout. It was an aggressive match with 16 fouls and 10 offsides.
Aluko's goal was the first second half game-winner for the Beat this season and marks the fourth consecutive game with a single Atlanta Beat goal.
The Beat's next home match will be Wednesday, July 28 against the Washington Freedom at 7:30 P.M. for Season Seat Holder and Fan Appreciation Night. Call 678-298-4780 for more information.
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