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Washington Freedom Ends Five-Game Losing Streak with 2-0 Win Over Independence

August 4, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

Boyds, MD (August 4, 2010) - Washington Freedom and Philadelphia Independence played a competitive game for fans who braved the DC-area heat and lightning storm at the Maryland SoccerPlex to support their home team. Freedom started the game in an action-packed fashion with four corner kicks within the first 14 minutes of play. In the 17th minute, a Philadelphia defender took Lene Mykj=E5land down leading into a subsequent penalty kick by Abby Wambach which was saved by Independence goalkeeper Val Henderson.

A lightning and rain storm moved into the area in the 32nd minute and delayed play for 46 minutes. The game resumed at 8:55pm and started off with a free kick by Cat Whitehill that soared over the net. In the 39th minute, Sonia Bompastor delivered a corner kick to Abby Wambach who headed the ball into the back of the net putting the Freedom overtop the Independence 1-0.

Wambach scored Freedom's second goal, again with a header, just two minutes after the first with a great shot from a long centerfield service by Cat Whitehill. With an extra minute of stoppage time added to the first half of the game, Freedom headed into the locker room with a 2-0 lead at the half.

The second half started with Freedom controlling play in the Independence end. In the 50th minute, Rebecca Moros made a fierce run forward sending the ball flying past the post. A close call in the 55th minute came from Philadelphia midfielder Joanna Lohman, but her shot flew over the top of the goal as well. The half proceeded with Wambach shots on goal in the 61st and 68th minute and shots on goal in the 68th minute and 71st minute by Philadelphia Forwards Danesha Adams and Amy Rodriguez respectively. In the 79th minute, a yellow card was issued to Freedom player Allie Long for delay of game.

The game winded down with hustled play by both sides although neither team scored in the second half. The game ended with Freedom on top 2-0 ending their 10-game winless streak.

Washington Freedom will play back-to-back away games as they travel to play Sky Blue FC on Thursday, August 11 and FC Gold Pride on Saturday, August 14. The Freedom's next home match will be August 19 against the Chicago Red Stars.

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