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WUSA: Fleeting lifts San Diego in wild win over San Jose
June 30th, 2003 10:36AM

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Red cards led to goals for both sides before Scottish striker Julie Fleeting's seventh goal of the season sent San Diego past visiting San Jose, 2-1, in a wild WUSA encounter Sunday before 6,220 at Torero Stadium.

Sissi fired San Jose ahead with a free kick in the seventh minute following Joy Fawcett's ejection, and Aly Wagner returned the favor in first-half stoppage time after Pretinha's second yellow card. Fleeting's 52nd-minute strike proved decisive.

The Spirit (5-3-4, 19 points) moved into third place with the victory, three points behind first-place Atlanta. San Jose (5-7-1, 16 points) is in sixth place.

Fawcett tangled with Keri Sanchez at the top of San Diego's box after a Pretinha pass in the sixth minute, wrapping her arm around the CyberRays midfielder as both tumbled to the turf. Referee Arnold Baldeaux, ruling Fawcett the last defender, produced the red card, and Sissi's ensuing free kick skipped past the wall and into the lower-left corner.

Wagner got revenge after Thori Bryan was whistled for fouling Fleeting. Pretinha, who had been cautioned in the 23rd minute for a foul on Kim Pickup, stood in front of the ball to delay the free kick, and Baldeaux sent her off with another yellow.

Wagner's free kick was cleared to the top of the box, where Fleeting was again fouled, and Wagner's ensuing free kick found the upper-left corner.

Fleeting netted the winner, off a cleared corner kick, after Christine Latham head-flicked Lisa Krzykowski's ball into the box.

SUNDAY'S SUMMARY

June 29 at San Diego

San Diego 2 San Jose 1. Goals: Wagner 47+, Fleeting (Latham, Krzykowski) 52; Sissi 6.

San Diego -- Branam; Pickup, Fawcett, Krzykowski; Foudy, Connors; Bush (Sullivan, 34), Wagner, Zhang (Nielsen, 66); Latham (Fair, 80), Fleeting (Rohbock, 88).

San Jose -- Beene; Antongiovanni (Venturini-Hoch, 58), Bryan (Alagich, 81), Cromwell, Chastain; Barr; Sanchez, Sissi (Lindsey, 75), French; Pretinha, Barnes (Katia, 37).

Yellow cards -- San Diego: Wagner 31, Latham 41, Connors 60; San Jose: Pretinha 23, 46+, Sanchez 53.

Red card -- San Diego: Fawcett 5; San Jose: Pretinha 46+.

Referee -- Arnold Baldeaux.

A -- 6,220.

WUSA STANDINGS

Pl W-L-T Pts (GF-GA)
1. Atlanta 12 6-2-4 22 (24-9)
2. Boston 13 6-4-3 21 (21-22)
3. San Diego 12 5-3-4 19 (18-15)
4. Washington 11 5-4-2 17 (21-18)
5. New York 14 5-7-2 17 (24-33)
6. San Jose 13 5-7-1 16 (14-16)
7. Carolina 13 4-6-3 15 (21-23)
8. Philadelphia 12 3-6-3 12 (18-25)

THIS WEEK'S RESULTS
Sunday, June 29

San Diego 2 San Jose 1

Wednesday, June 25
Boston 2 New York 1
San Jose 2 Carolina 0

Saturday, June 28
Philadelphia 2 Boston 2
Atlanta 1 Washington 0
New York 3 Carolina 3

NEXT WEEK'S GAMES
Wednesday, July 2

San Jose at San Diego, 10 p.m.

Thursday, July 3
Washington at Boston, 7 p.m.

Friday, July 4
Atlanta at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5
San Jose at New York, 4 p.m. (PAX TV)
San Diego at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

All times Eastern

LEADING SCORERS

G-A--Pts
1. Marinette Pichon (Philadelphia) 10-2--22
2. Maren Meinert (Boston) 8-5--21
3. Danielle Fotopoulos (Carolina) 7-6--20
Mia Hamm (Washington) 7-6--20
5. Birgit Prinz (Carolina) 8-3--19
6. Maribel Dominguez (Atlanta) 7-4--18
7. Julie Fleeting (San Diego) 7-2--16
Charmaine Hooper (Atlanta) 5-6--16
Dagny Mellgren (Boston) 7-2--16
10. Pretinha (San Jose) 5-4--14
11. Tiffeny Milbrett (New York) 4-5--13
Abby Wambach (Washington) 5-3--13
13. Christie Welsh (New York) 6-0--12
14. Melanie Hoffmann (Philadelphia) 3-5--11
15. Jacqui Little (Washington) 2-5--9
Cindy Parlow (Atlanta) 3-3--9
17. Krista Davey (New York) 3-2--8
Julie Foudy (San Jose) 3-2--8
Homare Sawa (Atlanta) 3-2--8
Sissi (San Jose) 2-4--8
21. Emily Janss (New York) 3-1--7
Conny Pohlers (Atlanta) 2-3--7
Margaret Tietjen (New York) 1-5--7
Aly Wagner (San Diego) 2-3--7
25. Shannon Boxx (New York) 0-6--6
Abby Crumpton (Atlanta) 2-2--6
Angela Hucles (Boston) 1-4--6
Joanne Peters (New York) 2-2--6
Stacey Tullock (Philadelphia) 1-4--6
Zhang Ouying (San Diego) 1-4--6
31. Brandi Chastain (San Jose) 1-3--5
Kelly Golebiowski (Washington) 2-1--5
Venus James (Carolina) 2-1--5
Unni Lehn (Carolina) 0-5--5
Shannon MacMillan (San Diego) 1-3--5
Anita Rapp (New York) 1-3--5
Lindsay Stoecker (Washington) 2-1--5
Kylie Bivens (Atlanta) 1-2--5
39. Danielle Borgman (Carolina) 2-0--4
Nel Fettig (Carolina) 1-2--4
Monica Gonzalez (Boston) 1-2--4
Steffi Jones (Washington) 1-2--4
Katia (San Jose) 1-2--4
Christine Latham (San Diego) 1-2--4
Tammy Pearman (New York) 1-2--4



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