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Freedom blank St. Louis, 1-0

June 20, 2009 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

SAINT LOUIS, MO (June 20, 2009) -- The Washington Freedom's Rebecca Moros scored in the 81st minute to defeat Saint Louis Athletica 1-0 on a hot and muggy day at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Saint Louis, Missouri.

"We played pretty well in the first half but did have to weather a few storms," said Washington Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra. "Both goalies played spectacular in the first half and each team was battling to just be the first one to score."

After not recording a shutout all season the Freedom now have two in a row after blanking Chicago last week at home. The Freedom had a 12-11 edge in shots for the game while St. Louis had three more shots on goal (7-4). Washington goalie Erin McLeod notched seven saves while Hope Solo of St. Louis picked up three.

"I think St. Louis had the better play in the second half but we held strong defensively and that ended up being the difference in the game," said Gabarra. "To get a win on the road against a team that is ahead of you in the standings and has game in hand is critical at this time of the year."

With the win, the Washington Freedom move ahead to second place in the WPS Standings, while Saint Louis Athletica drop a spot to number three. Overall , the Freedom are 4-3-4 and will travel to Boston for a midweek game with the Boston Breakers.

Abby Wambach came out of the game today with a hamstring injury and she will be evaluated early next week about playing against Boston.

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