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FC Gold Pride takes sole posession of first place in WPS

May 1, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - FC Gold Pride News Release

Piscataway, NJ - On Saturday, the Pride (3-1-0) took sole possession of first place in the WPS standings after their 1-0 win over Sky Blue FC (2-2-0). Christine Sinclair scored her third goal of the year and the lone goal of the game in the first half of play, giving the Pride the early advantage and ultimately the win. The Pride extends their record to a three-game win streak and captured their first road victory of the season. "I thought it was a great performance, we gutted it out and found a way to win", said Montoya. "We were outstanding at creating chances and being defensively organized. It was one of the best first halves of soccer I've ever seen this team play."

In the early minutes of first half, the Pride developed several promising attacking sequences, but couldn't find the back of the net. The Pride was handed a scoring opportunity in the 33rd minute when Kelley O'Hara was taken down in the penalty area by Sky Blue FC defender Daphne Koster. Midfielder, Camille Abily confidently stepped up to take the penalty kick, but Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Karen Bardsley came up with a big save to keep the score even.

It wasn't until the 38th minute the Pride was able to capitalize on a scoring opportunity off a free kick, when Abily served a perfect ball to Carrie Dew who headed it down to the feet of Christine Sinclair who put the ball past Bardsley. Sinclair not only recorded her third goal of the year, the goal marked her third time scoring against Sky Blue FC this season.

"This was a good win for us," said Sinclair who was named Player of the Game by Fox Soccer Channel. "Getting the shutout was huge. As a forward, it's always nice to score, but most of the credit for our win today should go to our defense for holding off a tough Sky Blue attack."

Sky Blue FC came out in the second half putting more pressure on the Pride. Kiersten Dallstream came off the bench for Sky Blue FC and brought a different attacking dimension, which created more opportunities including a few close calls in front of the Pride goal.

Cautions in the match were issued to Becky Edwards in the 25th minute and Kelley O'Hara in the 84th minute.

"We just want to focus on getting better as a team in order to win a championship," said Montoya. "This team has shown tremendous talent and I believe we have the potential to win it all. To do this, we need to continue improving week- to-week because at the same time every other team will be improving too."

The Pride returns home to Castro Valley High School Athletic Stadium on Saturday, May 8, at 7PM to take on the Chicago Red Stars (1-2-1). In support of the American Heart Association's Red Dress Campaign and the fight against heart disease the Pride will be playing in one-of-a-kind red Puma kits. The game worn red jerseys will be auctioned off during the game at the Sports Gallery tent to benefit the American Heart Association. Select jerseys will also be auctioned off online. The team will also don a touch of teal to raise awareness of the ongoing battle women face with Ovarian Cancer, a cause very close to owner Nancy NeSmith's heart.

As part of the night, fans will also have the exclusive opportunity to have an autographed picture and their photo taken with Stanford alumnae and current FC Gold Pride stars Rachel Buehler, Nicole Barnhart, Kelley O'Hara, Ali Riley and Chicago Red Star Natalie Spilger*.

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