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Sol doubles lead on closest rival
by Paul Kennedy, June 8th, 2009 7AM



[WPS] The inaugural Women's Professional Soccer race is a runaway.

The first-place Los Angeles Sol has double the point total of its closest rival after its 3-1 win over Washington left it with a 12-point lead over the second-place Freedom. The Sol, which got two goals from the league's top scorer, Frenchwoman Camille Abily, is the only team in the league with a winning record (7-1-3) and positive goal difference (plus-11).

Three minutes after fellow Bleue Sonia Bompastor evened the score, Abily put the Sol ahead in the 60th minute on a penalty kick awarded after Cat Whitehill was called for a handball in the box. The goal was her second of the game and sixth of the season -- all coming in the last five games. Brittany Boxx closed out the scoring in the 66th minute, finishing off a 1-2 with Brazilian Marta.

"It was a fairly even game, but we made three pretty bad defensive lapses," lamented Washington coach Jim Gabarra. "They have been taking advantage of those all year and they did again today. We got the equalizer, but next time they were in our end we gave up a hand ball."

Saint Louis Athletica's won its first game at its new home facility, the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park, when it defeated Sky Blue FC, 1-0, before a crowd of 3,102. The game also marked the first appearance of the season for former Notre Dame star Amanda Cinalli, and she came through with the game's only goal in the 15th minute.

Chicago earned its second tie on its tour of California, gaining a 1-1 tie at FC Gold Pride on Sunday thanks to Cristiane's goal.

June 7 in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles 3 Washington 1. Goals: Abily (Boxx, Miyama) 14, Abily pen. 60, Bock (Marta) 66; Bompastor 57.
Los Angeles - Leblanc, Sanchez, Falk, Franko, Cox, Wagner (Zerboni, 28; Larkin, 88), Abily, Boxx, Miyama, Bock, Marta.
Washington - McLeod, Gilbeau (Moros, 72), Whitehill, Singer, Sauerbrunn, Lohman, Bompastor, Sawa, Long (Eyoroken, 81), DeVanna, Wambach.
Yellow Cards: Los Angeles - Boxx 71; Washington - Lohman 8.
Referee: Ted Unkel.
Att.: 5,497.
June 7 in Fenton, Mo.
St. Louis 1 Sky Blue FC 0. Goal: Cinalli (Aluko) 15.
St. Louis - Solo, Weber, McNeill (Larsson, 69), Ellertson, Logterman, Fletcher, Woznuk, Cinalli (Francielle, 66), Chalupny, Aluko (Hanks, 58), Welsh.
Sky Blue FC - Bardsley, Schnur, Asante, Rampone, Sitch (Buczkowski 70), McCallum, Averbuch, Rosona (Parker, 58), O'Reilly, Kai, White.
Referee: Juan Carlos Rivero.
Att.: 3,124.
June 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.
FC Gold Pride 1 Chicago 1. Goals: Sinclair (Arakawa) 14; Cristiane (Rapinoe), 47.
FC Gold Pride - Barnhart, Robinson, Abegg, Buehler, Graczyk, Osborne, DiMartino, Formiga (Yokers, 87), Arakawa (Adriane, 90), Sinclair, Weimer (Milbrett, 56).
Chicago - Jonsson, Dalmy, Spilger (Krzysik, 68), Oakes, Ostberg, Carney, Igwe, Klein, Rapinoe (Masar, 57; Adams, 76), Tarpley, Cristiane.
Yellow Cards: FC Gold Pride - Osborne 27; Chicago - Igwe 43, Ostberg 66.
Referee: Veronica Brito.
Att.: n/a.
Los Angeles 7 1 3 15 4 24
Washington 3 3 3 16 18 12
Boston 3 3 2 10 11 11
St. Louis 3 3 2 7 8 11
FC Gold Pride 3 5 2 10 14 11
Chicago 2 3 4 8 8 10
Sky Blue FC 2 5 2 6 9 8

Leading Scorers:
Camille Abily (Los Angeles) 6
Kelly Smith (Boston) 5
Marta (Los Angeles) 4
Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride) 4
Lisa De Vanna (Washington) 3

(All times ET.)
Saturday, June 13
Washington vs. Chicago, 4:30 pm
Sky Blue FC vs. Los Angeles, 7 pm
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Boston vs. Saint Louis, 6 pm (FSC)



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