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Wild night in New Jersey
by Paul Kennedy, July 17th, 2009 7AM



[WPS] Sky Blue FC and the Washington Freedom set a Women's Professional Soccer record Wednesday night for goals in a game when they played to a 4-4 tie. Cat Whitehill scored the late equalizer for the Freedom, robbing Sky Blue a chance to pull away from Chicago and the Freedom in the playoff fight. In Wednesday's other game, Boston's 1-0 win over Chicago moved the Breakers into third place, four points ahead of Chicago and Washington, tie for fifth place.

The tone was set early in each half at Rutgers' Yurcak Field when Sky Blue and the Freedom traded goals.

Natasha Kai and Kacey White finished with two goals each for Sky Blue FC, while Australian Lisa De Vanna scored twice for the Freedom.

"It was a really bizarre game -- it went back and forth," said White. "We showed a lot of character coming back after giving up an early goal, but of course we wanted to come up with three points, especially after having the lead that late in the game."

Two minutes into stoppage time, Sky Blue gave up its 4-3 lead when a ball took a surprising deflection off a Sky Blue FC player toward the goal and goalie Jenni Branam could only touch the ball off the crossbar to keep it out. Whitehill flew in to bury the rebound and tie the score at 4-4.

"One point is better than no points," said Sky Blue FC coach Kelly Lindsey. "I don't know that it was a bad tie. It was a really good chance for us to test our character and our heart and I thought that was positive."

Angela Hucles' first-half goal was the difference at Harvard Stadium in the win that gave Boston sole possession of third place, just two points behind second-place Saint Louis.

Los Angeles 11 2 4 24 6 37
St. Louis 7 5 2 13 12 23
Boston 6 6 3 16 16 21
Sky Blue FC 5 6 4 15 16 19
Chicago 4 7 5 13 18 17
Washington 4 6 5 22 26 17
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
Natasha Kai (Sky Blue FC) 5
Lisa De Vanna (Washington) 5
Eniola Aluko (St. Louis) 4
Sonia Bompastor (Washington) 4

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 vs. 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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