Last 2010 Atlanta Beat Home Game Sunday, Sept. 5
KENNESAW, GA (September 5, 2010) - The Atlanta Beat (5-12-5) host Sky Blue FC (7-10-5) at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 6:00 PM for the Beat's final home match of their inaugural season. The match marks the fourth and final meeting between the two clubs and is the first of the Beat's two final regular season matches in 2010.
The Beat opened at home against Sky Blue on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9 and will coincidentally close at home against that same club over the Labor Day weekend. The Beat came away with a win in one of three earlier match-ups against the New Jersey club this season, earning a 1-0 result on the road Sunday, July 18 at Yurcak Field (Rutgers University). Atlanta forward and two-time Women's Professional Soccer Player of the Week, Eniola Aluko scored in the seventh minute of that match on an assist from Angie Kerr.
Despite outshooting Sky Blue in the two other meetings (May 9 and Aug. 7), which both led to a couple unlucky, one-goal losses, Atlanta looks to finish on positive note Sunday.
"We feel that we have come a long way in two weeks, and our new playing philosophy will remain our goal," said Beat interim head coach James Galanis. "Against Boston we dominated in the second half and showed that the team is finally adapting to the new playing style. We will continue to grow as a team and continue to remain set on our goal of playing team defense and team offense."
Both the teams approach Sunday's match after midweek games on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The Beat hosted the Boston Breakers, suffering a tough 3-1 loss and its last chance to reach the postseason. The Beat's Aluko scored her 15th goal of the season in the second half on an assist from Aya Miyama.
Sky Blue FC come into the match after their 1-1 draw with the No.1 FC Gold Pride. Sky Blue finished the first goal of the night when Heather O'Reilly received a ball in the center of the field and sent it to forward Natasha Kai. Kai finished with only 18 minutes left in the match. Then a late yellow card, issued to New Jersey's Carli Lloyd for an aggressive tackle in stoppage time, resulted in a dangerous FC Gold Pride set piece. On the free kick, Camile Abily found Becky Edwards who equalized, ending the game 1-1.
The final 2010 match between the Beat and Sky Blue FC kicks-off at KSU Soccer Stadium at 6 PM EST. It will be the third match between these two clubs at the world's only women's soccer specific facility of this magnitude.
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This match will follow a KSU soccer match which kicks-off at 1 PM. The Beat's final match of the inaugural season takes place on Sept. 11 against the Washington Freedom at Maryland Soccer Plex at 7 PM EST. KSU Soccer Stadium will also be hosting the U.S. Women's National team on October 2 as they play China in an exhibition game.
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