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Cristiane's hat trick is a first
by Paul Kennedy, July 13th, 2009 7AM



[WPS] Brazilian Cristiane became the first player in Women's Professional Soccer to score a hat trick when she scored all three goals for the Chicago Red Stars in a 3-1 win over FC Gold Pride that kept them in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Chicago moved into fifth place, one point ahead of Washington and one point behind Boston and Sky Blue, tied for third.

The top four teams go to the playoffs.

Cristiane opened the scoring in the 31st minute, converting the penalty kick she drew, then was put through on a superb through ball from Megan Rapinoe in first-half stoppage time.

She completed her hat trick in the 65th minute when she scored off a pass from Lindsay Tarpley.

A minute earlier, Tiffeny Milbrett converted a penalty kick for her third goal of the season.

July 8 in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles 0 St. Louis 1. Goal: Cinalli (Aluko) 11.
Los Angeles -- LeBlanc, Makoski, Cox, Bock, Larkin (Wagner, 46), Zerboni (Patterson, 78), Abily, Boxx , Miyama, Duan (Bogus, 46), Marta.
St. Louis -- Solo, Weber, Ellertson, Larsson, Logterman, Chalupny, Fletcher, Cinalli (Tancredi, 78), Stoia, Woznuk (McNeill, 77), Aluko (Cross, 91).
Yellow Cards: Los Angeles - Marta 70; St. Louis - McNeill 83.
Referee: Margaret Domka.
Att.: 4,841.
July 12 in Cambridge, Mass.
Boston 1 Sky Blue FC 2. Goals: Nobis (Hucles) 90+; Kai (McCallum) 24, Rosana (O'Reilly), 37.
Boston - Lipsher, Scott, LePeilbet, Chapman (Moore, 73), Mitts, Latham (Schmedes, 60), Fabiana (Augustiniak-Goffi, 54), Hucles, Lilly, Nobis, Rodriguez.
Sky Blue FC - Branam, Dowling, Asante, Rampone, Schnur, Averbuch (Buczkowski, 57), Rosana (Keselica, 62), O'Reilly, McCallum, White, Kai (Parker, 49).
Referee: Sandra Serafini.
Att.: 4,009.
July 12 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago 3 FC Gold Pride 1. Goals: Cristiane pen. 31, Cristiane (Rapinoe) 45+, Cristiane (Tarpley) 65; Milbrett pen. 64.
Chicago -- Jonsson, Spilger, Oakes, Dieke, Vandenbergh; Carney, Lloyd, Klein, Rapinoe (Igwe, 68); Tarpley (Adams, 81), Cristiane (Masar, 67).
FC Gold Pride -- Barnhart; Robinson, Buehler, Graczyk (Weimer, 52), Abegg; Formiga, Osborne, Milbrett (Arakawa, 72), Sissi; Sinclair, Erika (Chastain, 47).
Yellow Cards: Chicago - Tarpley 44, Carney 63, Lloyd 69; FC Gold Pride - Formiga 83.
Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald.
Att.: 5,127.
Los Angeles 11 2 4 24 6 37
St. Louis 7 5 2 13 12 23
Boston 5 6 3 15 16 18
Sky Blue FC 5 6 3 11 12 18
Chicago 4 6 5 13 17 17
Washington 4 6 4 18 22 16
FC Gold Pride 3 8 3 12 21 12

Leading Scorers:
Marta (Los Angeles) 9
Camille Abily (Los Angeles) 8
Cristiane (Chicago) 6
Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride) 5
Kelly Smith (Boston) 5
Eniola Aluko (St. Louis) 4
Natasha Kai (Sky Blue FC) 4
Tiffeny Milbrett (FC Gold Pride) 3
Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago) 3
Kristine Lilly (Boston) 3

Wednesday, July 15
Boston vs. Chicago, 7 pm ET   
Sky Blue FC vs. Washington, 7 pm ET   
Saturday, July 18
Washington vs. Saint Louis, 5 pm ET   
Sunday, July 19
FC Gold Pride vs. Boston, 8 pm ET   
Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago, 4:30 pm ET (FSC)
Wednesday, July 22
Saint Louis vs. Sky Blue FC, 8 pm ET
Thursday, July 23
FC Gold Pride vs. Los Angeles, 10 pm ET
Saturday, July 25
Boston Breakers    Sky Blue FC, 7 pm ET   
Sunday, July 26
Saint Louis vs. FC Gold Pride, 6 pm ET (FSC)
Chicago vs. Washington, 4 pm
Wednesday, July 29
Washington vs. Boston, 8 pm ET (CSN)
Saturday, August 1
FC Gold Pride vs. Washington, 6 pm ET
Saint Louis vs. Boston, 8 pm ET   
Sunday, August 2
Chicago vs. Los Angeles, 6 pm ET (FSC)
Wednesday, August 5
Sky Blue FC vs. FC Gold Pride, 7 pm ET   
Saint Louis vs. Chicago, 8 pm ET   
Saturday, August 8
Washington vs. Sky Blue FC, 7 pm ET   
Sunday, August 9
Boston vs. Los Angeles, 6 pm ET (FSC)
FC Gold Pride vs. Saint Louis, 8 pm ET



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