Wambach Leads Washington Freedom Past Boston, 1-0
Boyds, MD (July 29, 2009)--- Abby Wambach scored the game's lone goal in the 73rd minute to lead the Washington Freedom to a 1-0 win over the Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) action Wednesday night at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The Freedom are now third in the WPS standings with 26 points (7-6-5) while the Breakers move to fourth with 25 points (7-7-4) with two games left in the regular season for both teams.
Wambach seemed determined to score, taking six shots and when she found the back of the net it was the first goal the Breakers allowed in their last 396 minutes of play. Wambach's goal was assisted by Lisa DeVanna, who said after the game that she screamed to Wambach to "get up!" and then took the opportunity to slip the ball through and give her the chance to net a goal.
The Breakers only took two more total shots than Wambach alone but midfielder Kelly Smith nearly tied things up when she took the Breakers only shot on goal in the 90th minute, however, Freedom keeper Erin Mcleod made a spectacular diving block to help preserve the win.
The Freedom's Rebecca Moros had the best scoring chance in the first half when in the 21st minute she took a cross and tried to go to the right of the goal, but th shot went over the bar.
In honor of Wambach's recent 100th goal in international play the field at the Germantown SoccerPlex had 100 mowed into it and Wambach was honored at halftime by the Freedom.
Washington outshot Boston 14-8 for the match and 3-1 on shots on goal.
The Breakers will travel for their next game on August, 1 against St. Louis Athletica. The Freedom also play again on August, 1 at FC Gold Pride in Santa Clara. For the Freedom it will be the third game in a week but Wambach is excited for the challenge. Asked about the schedule she said, "This is what we've been waiting for all year. If you're too tired at this point, you shouldn't be here."
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