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FC Gold Pride Suffers First Home Loss, 2-0, to Sky Blue FC

June 27, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - FC Gold Pride News Release


HAYWARD, CA (June 27, 2010) - The heat from the sun was intense at Pioneer Stadium when FC Gold Pride lost to Sky Blue FC 2-0 Sunday, June 27 at 3PM PT in a disappointing match for the Pride. Only their second game played at the newly renovated Pioneer Stadium, this loss put an end to their success at home.

Both teams tried to possess the ball, even more than usual, at the start of the first half because of the 85-degree weather at Pioneer Stadium. In the first half, Sky Blue FC dominated up top and in the midfield, forcing Nicole Barnhart to make several saves.

Marta got a chance in 4th minute, but was unable to get behind the Sky Blue FC defense until the 40th minute, when she was nearly able to finish a cross from Christine Sinclair inside the six-yard box.

Rosana, a skillful forward for Sky Blue FC, beat Candace Chapman in the box in the 11th minute, for a corner that was saved by Barnhart.

In the 18th minute, Sky Blue FC had another dangerous chance when Yael Averbuch sent Rosana a dangerous pass across the goal that resulted in a shot from Rosana, and a quick save by Barnhart.

In the second half, the Pride came out strong, keeping Sky Blue FC in their own half for most of the remainder of the game. The Pride turned up the intensity, clearly dominating the half, and outshooting Sky Blue FC 13 to 2.

Yet, Sky Blue FC was opportunistic when they did get the chance to attack. Rosana scored a beautiful diving header in the 57th minute off a 40-yard cross from Heather O'Reilly. After this play, Sky Blue FC hardly touched the ball for the rest of the half.

Tiffeny Milbrett came in for Kiki Bosio in the 58th minute, and made an instant impact offensively. In the 65th minute, Milbrett took a driven shot from outside the 18-yard box that hit the crossbar. She combined with Christine Sinclair in the 69th minute, beating the defense, and allowing Sinclair to place the ball to the right of Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Karen Bardsley into the goal. Unfortunately, the goal was called back due to Sinclair's offside position.

Then, Sky Blue FC made the most of their second opportunity. On a counterattack in the 87th minute, Tasha Kai received a perfect through ball from Jessica Landstrom. She was able to beat Candace Chapman in the back, and place the ball into the goal making the score 2-0 for Sky Blue FC. With only two chances in the second half, they did a fantastic job putting both in the back of the net. "They capitalized on their opportunities," said FC Gold Pride captain Rachel Buehler. "They had one or two counterattacks, and they did a good job making that shot not quite perfect, condensing their defense, and making it difficult to get that last pass in or shot off."

Even though the team was delt their first loss of the season, the Pride remains in first place, only one point ahead of the Philadelphia Independence.

The Pride will now hit the road, traveling to Kennesaw, Georgia to play the Atlanta Beat Saturday, July 3 at 4PM PT. The last time these two met was April 24 at the Pride's previous home stadium at CVHS, in which the Pride came out on top with a 2-1 win. The Pride outshot the Beat 9 to 6 in this game, and Milbrett and Dew put their shots away in the 11th and 90th minute respectively.

Head coach Albertin Montoya is looking forward to next weekend's game, and focusing on moving forward after this loss.

"It's how you bounce back from [a loss], and going into Atlanta next week will be a very difficult game," said Montoya. "They've got a lot of energy and they're excited about turning their season around."

Pride players Marta, Boxx, Buehler, Sinclair, and O'Hara will travel to Atlanta this week for the upcoming WPS All-Star Game to be played June 30. The teams will be chosen Monday, June 28 at 3:50PM PT. WPS will offer live audio coverage of its 2010 All-Star Pick ‘Em Event from Atlanta at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/women-s-professional-soccer hosted by Jeff Kassouf, editor of EqualizerSoccer.com.

Though disappointed by the loss, the Pride players are keeping their heads up, and focusing on the next exciting matches in this upcoming week.

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