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Washington Freedom Edged by Chicago Red Stars by Goal, 2-1

July 1, 2009 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release


BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Lindsay Tarpley broke a 1-1 tie in the 61st minute to lead the Chicago Red Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Freedom in a game played Wednesday evening at TOYOTA PARK.

"The first half we could have been up 2-0 but had a couple of bad breaks," said Washington Freedom head coach Jim Gabarra. "Chicago also had several opportunities to score but either squandered them or Erin (McLeod) would make a great save."

The Freedom jumped out to a 1-0 first half lead when Abby Wambach scored in the 34th minute on an assist from Lisa De Vanna, but despite some close shots it was the only goal Washington would score in the game. The Freedom did come close, particularly in the last few minutes of the match, but ultimately could not find the back of the net a second time.

Cristiane started the scoring in the second half for the Red Stars with a goal in the 48th minute after being set up Tarpley. Tarpley's winning goal was assisted by Megan Rapinoe.

Freedom goalie Erin McLeod faced 28 shots (10 on goal) and notched eight saves overall while Red Stars goalie Caroline Jonsson picked up seven saves on 16 total shots (eight on goal).

"Up until tonight I thought we had played well defensively," said Gabarra. "But tonight we got pulled out or did not play tight enough. We were subpar and this league is too tight and competitive to do that and win."

The Freedom has a record of 4-5-4 and are in fourth place (16 points) in the WPS standings while the Red Stars are in fifth at 3-6-5 (14 points).

The Freedom will be back in action this Sunday, July 5 when they host the Los Angeles Sol in a 6:00 p.m. start.

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