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Freedom and Sky Blue claim last playoff spots
by Paul Kennedy, August 10th, 2009 6:45AM

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[WPS] The Washington Freedom clinched a playoff berth on the final weekend of the Women's Professional Soccer regular season when it beat Sky Blue FC, 3-1, Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Sky Blue earned a playoff spot the next day when the Boston Breakers, needing a win, fell to the Los Angeles Sol, 2-1. The results set up a Freedom-Sky Blue rematch Saturday in the first round of the WPS playoffs.

Abby Wambach scored twice and Lisa De Vanna added a goal for the Washington Freedom, which finished as the highest-scoring team in WPS with 32 goals in 20 games. (Los Angeles was the only other team to average more than a goal a game.)

Brazilian Rosana provided the only scoring for Sky Blue FC in the 53rd minute.

Needing to beat the Sol to advance to the playoffs -- Sky Blue FC won the tiebreaker -- the Breakers jumped out ahead on Kelly Smith's goal in the 17th minute -- her team-leading sixth of the season but only her first since May 31.

Marta equalized for the Sol in the 60th minute, and Los Angeles won on Shannon Boxx's penalty kick in stoppage time.

Playoff Schedule:
First Round -- Aug. 15: Washington vs. Sky Blue FC at Maryland SoccerPlex, 4 pm ET - FSN Super

Semifinal -- Aug. 19: Saint Louis vs. first-round winner at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park, 7 pm ET - FSC

Championship -- Aug. 22: Los Angeles vs. Super Semfinal winner at the Home Depot Center, 3:30 pm ET - FSN

Results:
Aug. 5 in Piscataway, N.J.
Sky Blue FC 2 FC Gold Pride 0. Goals: Rosana (O'Reilly) 46,  Kai (McCallum) 61.
Sky Blue FC - Branam (Bardsley, 1), Schnur, Rampone, Buczkowski, Dowling, O'Reilly, Averbuch, Rosana, Parker (McCallum, 60), White (Hanks, 71), Kai.
FC Gold Pride - Barnhart, Barnes, Dew, Graczyk, Buehler, DiMartino, Milbrett (Yokers, 83), Osborne, Chastain (Adriane, 60), Sinclair, Weimer (Arakawa, 56).
Yellow Cards:Sky Blue FC - Buczkowski 69', Averbuch 71.
Referee: Ted Unkel.
Att.: 5,455.
 
Aug. 5 in Fenton, Mo.
St. Louis 2 Chicago 0. Goals: Welsh (Walsh) 34, Welsh (Tancredi) 64.
St. Louis - Solo, Tancredi, McNeill, Ellertson, Weber, Gray (Walter, 22), Fletcher, Chalupny (Logterman, 46), Stoia, Walsh (Pistorius, 72), Welsh.
Chicago - Jonsson, Dalmy, Krzysik, Spilger (Igwe, 75), Ostberg, Carney, Lloyd, Klein, Rapinoe (Adams, 66), Masar, Cristiane.
Yellow Cards: Chicago - Spilger 38, Lloyd 67.
Referee: Daniel Radford.
Att.: 3,437.
 
Aug. 8 in Boyds, Md.
Washington 3 Sky Blue FC 1. Goals: Wambach (Moros) 19, Wambach (De Vanna) 49, De Vanna (Wambach) 57; Rosana 53.
Washington - McLeod, Senty, Whitehill, Sauerbrunn, Krieger, Lindsey (Gilbeau, 71), Bompastor (Long, 90+), Sawa, Moros (Lohman, 84), Vanna, Wambach.
Sky Blue FC - Branam, Rampone, Asante, Schnur (Buczkowski, 68), Dowling, Parker (McCallum, 45), O'Reilly, Averbuch, Rosana, White, Kai.
Referee - Kari Seitz.
Att.: 4,573.
 
Aug. 9 in Santa Clara, Calif.
FC Gold Pride 1 St. Louis 1. Goals: Buehler 24; Welsh (Solo) 18.
FC Gold Pride - Barnhart, Buehler, Dew, Graczyk, Massengale, Osborne, DiMartino, Chastain (Yonkers 72), Milbrett (Arakawa 78), Sinclair, Adriane.
St. Louis - Solo, Weber, Ellertson, McNeill (Logterman 38), Tancredi (Walter 46), Chalupny, Fletcher, Cinalli, Welsh, Cross, Walsh (Aluko 68).
Yellow Card: FC Gold Pride - Graczyk 90.
Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald.
Att.: 3,856.
 
Aug. 9 in Cambridge, Mass.
Boston 1 Los Angeles 2. Goals: Smith (Lilly) 17; Marta (Wagner) 59, Boxx pen. 93.
Boston - Luckenbill, Scott, LePeilbet, Chapman (Rodriguez, 74), Mitts, Tomecka, Lilly, Hucles, Monroe (Schmedes, 64), Fabiana (Latham, 68), Smith.
Los Angeles - LeBlanc, Sanchez (Abily, 46), Falk, Bock, Cox, Boxx, Miyama, Makoski, Wagner, Duan (Zerboni, 87), Marta.
Yellow Cards:  Los Angeles - Cox 25, Wagner 45; Boston - Smith 92, Mitts 93.
Referee: Ted Unkel.
Att.: 6,631.
 
Final Standings
TEAM W L T GF GA P
Los Angeles 12 3 5 27 10 41
St. Louis 10 6 4 19 15 34
Washington 8 7 5 32 32 29
Sky Blue FC 7 8 5 19 20 26
Boston 7 9 4 18 20 25
Chicago 5 10 5 18 25 20
FC Gold Pride 4 10 6 17 28 18

Leading Scorers:

Marta (Los Angeles) 10
Camille Abily (Los Angeles) 8
Abby Wambach (Washington) 8
Cristiane (Chicago) 7
Eniola Aluko (St. Louis) 7
Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride) 6 



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