Washington Freedom Fall to FC Gold Pride, 3-2
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Adriane scored a goal in the 84th minute to break a 2-2 tie and lift FC Gold Pride to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Freedom in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) action Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.
"Tonight we ran out of gas in the second half and I think it is the result of logging a lot of travel miles and games in the past week," said Washington Freedom head coach Jim Gabarra. "When you are tired you don't always get as close as you want defensively or make that final pass. Overall, though I am proud of how they played tonight."
The Freedom outshot FC Gold Pride 9-3 (5-1 on goal) in the first half but it was Gold Pride that got on the scoreboard first. Just nine minutes into the game Kim Yokers blasted a shot from 25 yards out to the left side of the goal.
The Freedom knotted things up eight minutes later when Homare Sawa scored the first of two first half goals. Sawa took a pass from Jill Gilbeau in the box and beat Gold Pride goalie Allison Whitworth.
In the 37th minute, Sonia Bompastor fired in a cross from the left and Whitworth came out to punch it but she could not control it and Sawa took advantage, scoring from 20 yards out.
"I was very happy for Sawa tonight," said Gabarra. "She deserved to have more than one goal this season after the way she has played for us this season. She is always in the middle of the action."
Just one minute into the second half Gold Pride's Christine Sinclair found Tiffeny Milbrett, who shot it into the left side of the goal to bring the score even at 2-2 goals.
For the game both teams finished with 12 shots and seven on goal while the Gold Pride had an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
Freedom goalie Erin McLeod finished with four saves while Whitworth managed five saves.
"I think Erin was a bit flat in the first half but overall she played well," said Gabarra. "As a goalie whenever you give up a goal you blame yourself but she played well overall tonight. FC Gold Pride is a very tough team and it has a lot of different ways to attack you."
The Freedom (7-7-5 - 26 points) will host Sky Blue FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday, August 8th, at 7pm ET. A spot in the WPS playoffs will hang in the balance.
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