Beat With Strong Attack Fall 2-1
KENNESAW, GA - The Atlanta Beat (4-9-5) played an aggressive offensive game hitting two crossbars in the second half, but fell 2-1 to New Jersey's Sky Blue FC (6-8-3) on Saturday night at KSU Soccer Stadium.
Sky Blue forward Laura Kalmari scored the first goal of the match in the 44th minute off a deflection on a corner kick with help from Sky Blue FC's Heather O' Reilly. The match was 1-0 in favor of Sky Blue at halftime. Beat forward Eniola Aluko scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute with a powerful shot just inside the top of the box off a pass from Beat midfielder Aya Miyama. An own goal from the Beat's Tina Ellertson resulted in the final scoreline.
The Beat last faced the New Jersey club at home on Sunday, May 9 when Atlanta out-shot their opponent 40-11 but fell by only a single goal. The teams met again on July 18 in Piscataway, N.J. where the Beat again out-shot Sky Blue but by a margin of 22-8.
"We deserved to win this game," said Beat head coach Gareth O'Sullivan, "We peppered that goal for a majority of the second half. On one of their few attacks they ended up getting a goal. It was very similar to the first game we played against Sky Blue".
The Beat made an aggressive push towards the end of the match, notching five shots in the last 10 minutes, but Sky Blue FC recorded the win. Both teams will be watching as FC Gold Pride takes on the Red Stars later in the evening and when the Philadelphia Independence matche up against the Boston Breakers on Aug 8 to determine their place in the WPS standings..
Sky Blue FC snapped their four-game losing streak on Saturday, which started on July 10 with a 1-2 loss to the Chicago Red Stars and which perpetuated with a 1-0 loss against the Beat on July 18. "Atlanta put us under a lot of pressure all the way throughout this game," said Sky Blue head Coach Rick Stainton, "It's nice to see us get some rhythm and put the attack on them. This is just one of hopefully a few (games) that will put us back in the playoff race where we feel we should be."
Head referee Michael Donovan gave three yellow cards throughout the course of the match, all to Sky Blue players: Yael Averbuch (36'), Rosana (79') and Megan Schnur (90'). There were 3,489 fans in attendance.
Please note the attached Boxscore.
The Beat's next home match will take place on Aug 28 at 7:00 p.m. against first-place FC Gold Pride. Call 678.298.4780 for tickets.
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