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Athletica clinches second place
by Paul Kennedy, August 3rd, 2009 7AM

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With one week remaining in the regular season, Saint Louis Athletica clinched second place in Women's Professional Soccer and the home-field advantage in the Super Semifinal thanks to its 1-0 victory over the Boston Breakers and the Washington Freedom's 3-2 loss to FC Gold Pride.

England international Eniola Aluko's seventh seventh goal of the campaign off a pass from Amanda Cinalli was the difference for Athletica, which recovered from an 0-2-2 start to clinch a berth in the playoffs.

The WPS Super Semifinal between Athletica and the winner of the first-round game will be played Aug. 19 at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.

The rest of the playoff picture wont be decided until Week 20 with Boston, Washington and Sky Blue FC still in contention for the final two berths.
 
Results:
July 29 in Boyds, Md.
Washington 1 Boston 0. Goal: Wambach (De Vanna), 73.
Washington - McLeod, Gilbeau (DeDycker, 82), Whitehill, Sauerbrunn, Singer (Krieger, 39) Bompastor, Sawa, Lindsey, Moros (Long, 58), De Vanna, Wambach.
Boston - Lipsher, Scott, LePeilbet, Chapman, Mitts, Tomecka, Fabiana (Augustyniak-Goffi, 70),
Monroe (Schmedes, 64), Hucles, Lilly, Nobis (Smith, 56).
Yellow Cards: Washington - Whitehill, 64; Boston - Mitts, 37.
Red Card: Boston - Scott 5.
Att.: 3,123.
 
Aug. 1 in Santa Clara, Calif.
FC Gold Pride 3 Washington 2. Goals: Yokers (Arakawa) 9, Milbrett (Sinclair) 46, Adriane 83; Sawa (Gilbeau) 17, Sawa 38.
FC Gold Pride - Wentworth, Massengale, Graczyk, Dew, Buehler, Chastain (Robinson, 57), Milbrett, DiMartino, Yokers (Osborne, 46), Sinclair, Awakawa (Adriane, 79).
Washington - McLeod, Senty (Long, 55), Glibeau, Whitehill, Sauerbrunn, Lohman, Sawa, Bompastor, Kreiger (Lindsey, 77), Moros (De Vanna, 46), Wambach.
Yellow Card: FC Gold Pride - Dew 19.
Referee: Daniel Radford.
Att.: 2,324.
 
Aug. 1 in Fenton, Mo.
St. Louis 1 Boston 0. Goal: Aluko (Cinalli), 36.
St. Louis - Solo, Fletcher, McNeill, Ellertson, Weber (Logterman, 55), Woznuk (Walsh, 61), Chalupny, Cinalli, Tancredi,, Aluko (Walter, 93), Cross.
Boston - Lipsher, Mitts (Crumpton, 87), Chapman, LePeilbet, Augustyniak-Goffi, Tomecka, Fabiana, Smith (Latham, 72), Hucles, Lilly, Nobis (Schmedes, 58).
Yellow Cards: St. Louis - Tancredi 23, Weber 50; Boston - Fabiana 67.
Att.: 4,896.
 
Aug. 2 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago 3 Los Angeles 1. Goals: Lloyd (Tarpley) 24, Tarpley (Klein) 47, Cristiane (Masar) 90+; Duan (Boxx) 90.
Chicago - Jonsson, Dalmy (Krzysik, 61), Oakes, Spilger, Ostberg, Carney, Lloyd, Klein, Rapinoe (Masar, 69), Tarpley (Garriock, 64), Cristiane.
Los Angeles - LeBlanc, Makoski, Cox, Nonen (Duan, 71), Falk, Zerboni (Bogus, 71), Wagner (Larkin, 75), Boxx, Miyama, Bock, Marta.
Yellow Cards: Chicago - Spilger 39, Krzysik 64.
Referee: Kari Seitz.
Att.: 7,959.
 
Standings:
TEAM W L T GF GA P
Los Angeles 11 3 5 25 9 38
St. Louis 9 6 3 16 14 30
Washington 7 7 5 29 31 26
Boston 7 8 4 17 18 25
Sky Blue FC 6 7 5 16 17 23
Chicago 5 9 5 18 23 20
FC Gold Pride 4 9 5 16 25 17

Leading Scorers:

Marta (Los Angeles) 9
Camille Abily (Los Angeles) 8
Cristiane (Chicago) 7
Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride) 6
Abby Wambach (Washington) 6
Eniola Aluko (St. Louis) 7

Schedule:
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

Tiebreakers:
Two-way tie:
1) Head-to-Head record
2) Head-to-Head goal differential
3) Overall goal differential
4) Overall goals scored
5) Away points
6) Away goal differential
7) Away goals scored
8) Coin flip

Three or more teams tied:
1) Head-to-head. The first level is head-to-head in points-per-game against the other teams. If this results in a tie, then the next level is goal differential in head-to-head competition. If there is an imbalanced head-to-head schedule, then the tiebreaking moves to the second tiebreaker.
2) Overall goal differential
3) Overall goals scored
4) Away points
5) Away goal differential
6) Away goals scored
7) Coin flip



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