FC Gold Pride Sweeps Season Series Against Boston with 2-0 Victory
HAYWARD, CA - The top two teams in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) faced off on Sunday evening as WPS Regular Season Champion FC Gold Pride hosted the second-place Boston Breakers. The Pride completed the sweep of the four-game regular season series with the Breakers, earning a 2-0 victory on Sunday night. The outcome of Sunday's game also helped the Pride set a new WPS record for consecutive games without a loss, adding a 12th game to the team's current unbeaten streak.
"I was so proud of the way we played with that mentality, heart, and desire to win and get a shutout," said Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. "We did an extremely good job of pressuring them [Boston] all over the field and as I've been saying all along, it's a total team effort. We had different players out there that created a spark for us, but everyone had an impact on the game."
After the first 10 minutes, both sides seemed to settle into the game and began executing on their game plans. Despite quality shots on goal from both teams, including two excellent opportunities at the end of the half generated by Christine Sinclair, the first 45 minutes ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Pride quickly went on the attack in the second half, putting away two goals in the first five minutes of play. The first goal came just two minutes into the half as Nicole Barnhart played a long ball out of the back which was flicked on just beyond the half line by Kelley O'Hara; O'Hara's ball was brought down by Christine Sinclair who pressed the attack forward and played a perfect cross across the goal mouth to Marta who was there to power the ball home. For the league's best goal scorer and reigning WPS MVP, that goal marked her league-leading 18th of the season.
The Pride would strike again just three minutes later, in the 50th minute, as Milbrett played a give-and-go with O'Hara. Milbrett played the ball to the rookie forward at the top of the penalty area and then continued her run into the box. O'Hara slipped her the ball and Milbrett chipped her shot into the right side of the goal.
Barnhart and the Pride defense posted the team's ninth shutout of the season. The Bay Area team has only allowed 18 goals against in 23 games. The Pride's 0.78 goals against average is the best in WPS.
"It's always good to get the shut out and it helps when your defense in front of you are going hard into tackles and not giving their forwards any opportunities," said Pride Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart on getting the clean sheet. "Defensively, it starts with our forwards, they're working hard off the ball and tracking back and our backline all play on the same page."
Next Saturday, September 11, the Pride will close out its regular season schedule at home against the Philadelphia Independence. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to witness the crowning moment of the regular season as the Pride receives the WPS Regular Season Championship trophy prior to the team's regular season finale which is scheduled to kick off at 5:30 pm PT.
Following the conclusion of regular season competition, the Regular Season Champions will prepare to host the WPS Championship game on their home field on Sunday, September 26. Tickets for both the regular season finale and WPS Championship match are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets call 888-541-3511 or visit FCGoldPride.com.
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