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WUSA: Criticial win for CyberRays in Carolina
July 30th, 2003 12:51AM

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Dianne Alagich got her first WUSA goal and Katia scored her second gamewinner this season against Carolina as the San Jose CyberRays captured a critical 2-1 victory over the Courage before 5,877 at SAS Stadium.

The CyberRays (7-8-3, 24 points) swept their season series with Carolina and crawled within one point of the playoff zone with three matches to play. Carolina (7-8-3, 24 points) also is in the thick of the playoff chase.

First-place Atlanta (9-3-6, 33 points) became the first team to clinch a playoff berth, although there remain four teams that can catch the Beat. San Jose and Carolina can pull even with Atlanta -- and both would win their season series with the Beat in such a circumstance -- but both must beat Boston to do so, which would drop the Breakers out of the top four.

Alagich, just back from Australia's World Cup tuneups in Japan, scored on a 22-yard blast at the start of the second half. Danielle Slaton's header from Brooke O'Hanley's corner kick pulled Carolina even two minutes later, but Katia's fourth goal of the season, a header from a Michelle French cross, proved the difference.

San Jose plays at Washington on Saturday, at home against Atlanta next Wednesday and at home against Boston on Aug. 10. Carolina closes with games at San Diego on Sunday and at Boston on Wednesday and a home game against Philadelphia on Aug. 9.

WEDNESDAY'S SUMMARIES

Carolina 1 San Jose 2. Goals: Slaton (O'Hanley) 48; Alagich 46, Katia (French) 63.

Carolina -- Luckenbill; Burt, Baxter, Fettig, Slaton; O'Hanley (Montgomery, 78), Overbeck (Borgman, 68), Roberts, Lehn; James, Prinz.

San Jose -- Beene; Alagich, Bryan, Cromwell, Lindsey; Barr; Sissi, Venturini-Hoch (Bell, 76), French; Sanchez (Barnes, 63), Katia (Antongiovanni, 83).

Yellow cards -- San Jose: Katia 71.

Referee -- Rachel Woo.

A -- 5,877.

WUSA STANDINGS

Pl W-L-T Pts (GF-GA)
1. Atlanta 18 9-3-6 33 (32-14)
2. Boston 18 7-4-7 28 (28-27)
3. Washington 18 8-6-4 28 (34-27)
4. San Diego 19 6-6-7 25 (24-25)
5. New York 19 7-8-4 25 (30-39)
6. San Jose 18 7-8-3 24 (22-23)
7. Carolina 18 7-8-3 24 (30-30)
8. Philadelphia 18 3-11-4 13 (24-39)

THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Wednesday, July 30

Carolina 1 San Jose 2

Friday, Aug. 1
Boston at New York, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2
San Jose at Washington, 4 p.m. (PAX TV)
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 3
Carolina at San Diego, 8 p.m.

NEXT WEEK'S GAMES
Wednesday, Aug. 6

Carolina at Boston, 7 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at San Jose, 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 9
Washington at San Diego, 4 p.m. (PAX TV)
Philadelphia at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 10
Boston at San Jose, 6 p.m.
New York at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.

All times Eastern

LEADING SCORERS

G-A--Pts
1. Mia Hamm (Washington) 8-11--27
2. Abby Wambach (Washington) 11-4--26
3. Maren Meinert (Boston) 9-7--25
4. Dagny Mellgren (Boston) 11-2--24
5. Charmaine Hooper (Atlanta) 8-7--23
Birgit Prinz (Carolina) 10-3--23
7. Julie Fleeting (San Diego) 9-4--22
Marinette Pichon (Philadelphia) 10-2--22
9. Danielle Fotopoulos (Carolina) 7-6--20
10. Maribel Dominguez (Atlanta) 7-4--18
11. Melanie Hoffmann (Philadelphia) 5-5--15
Tiffeny Milbrett (New York) 5-5--15
Pretinha (San Jose) 5-5--15
14. Conny Pohlers (Atlanta) 4-5--13
15. Christine Latham (San Diego) 5-2--12
Christie Welsh (New York) 6-0--12
17. Venus James (Carolina) 5-1--11
Cindy Parlow (Atlanta) 3-5--11
Sissi (San Jose) 3-5--11
20. Katia (San Jose) 4-2--10
Stacey Tullock (Philadelphia) 3-4--10
22. Shannon Boxx (New York) 1-7--9
Jacqui Little (Washington) 2-5--9
Lindsay Stoecker (Washington) 4-1--9
25. Abby Crumpton (Atlanta) 3-2--8
Krista Davey (New York) 3-2--8
Julie Foudy (San Jose) 3-2--8
Anita Rapp (New York) 2-4--8
Homare Sawa (Atlanta) 3-2--8
Margaret Tietjen (New York) 1-6--8
Tisha Venturini-Hoch (San Jose) 3-2--8
32. Emily Janss (New York) 3-1--7
Keri Sanchez (San Jose) 1-5--7
Aly Wagner (San Diego) 2-3--7
35. Nel Fettig (Carolina) 2-2--6
Kelly Golebiowski (Washington) 2-2--6
Angela Hucles (Boston) 1-4--6
Unni Lehn (Carolina) 0-6--6
Joanne Peters (New York) 2-2--6
Zhang Ouying (San Diego) 1-4--6
41. Katie Barnes (San Jose) 2-1--5
Justi Baumgardt (New York) 1-3--5
Erin Baxter (Carolina) 2-1--5
Kylie Bivens (Atlanta) 1-3--5
Brandi Chastain (San Jose) 1-3--5
Jen Grubb (Washington) 2-1--5
Steffi Jones (Washington) 1-3--5
Kristine Lilly (Boston) 1-3--5
Lori Lindsey (Washington) 2-1--5
Shannon MacMillan (San Diego) 1-3--5
Mary-Frances Monroe (Philadelphia) 1-3--5
Jaclyn Raveia (New York) 2-1--5
Cheryl Salisbury (New York) 2-1--5
Danielle Slaton (Carolina) 2-1--5
Allie Sullivan (San Diego) 1-3--5

Goals
1. Dagny Mellgren (Boston) 11
Abby Wambach (Washington) 11
3. Marinette Pichon (Philadelphia) 10
Birgit Prinz (Carolina) 10
5. Julie Fleeting (San Diego) 9
Maren Meinert (Boston) 9
7. Charmaine Hooper (Atlanta) 8
Mia Hamm (Washington) 8
9. Maribel Dominguez (Atlanta) 7
Danielle Fotopoulos (Carolina) 7

Assists
1. Mia Hamm (Washington) 11
2. Shannon Boxx (New York) 7
Charmaine Hooper (Atlanta) 7
Maren Meinert (Boston) 9
5. Danielle Fotopoulos (Carolina) 6
Unni Lehn (Carolina) 6
Margaret Tietjen (New York) 6
8. Melanie Hoffman (Philadelphia) 5
Jacqui Little (Washington) 5
Tiffeny Milbrett (New York) 5
Cindy Parlow (Atlanta) 5
Conny Pohlers (Atlanta) 5
Pretinha (San Jose) 5
Keri Sanchez (San Jose) 5
Sissi (San Jose) 5



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