The Women's Professional Soccer inaugural game was supposed to spotlight the Los Angeles Sol's Brazilian star, Marta
, but teammates Alison Falk
and Camille Abily
stole the show with goals to give the Sol a 2-0 victory
over the Washington Freedom in front of 14,832 fans Sunday at The Home Depot Center.
Falk, a 21-year-old defender out of Stanford, beat Freedom goalie Brianna Scurry
to Japanese national team star Aya Miyama
's free kick and scored only six minutes into the opener.
"It was a great ball from Aya,"
said Falk. "I just went for it - I didn't think I was going to get to it, but I did and it went in. It was a very surreal experience ... very exciting."
from French club Lyon, put the game away with a nifty chip over Washington goalie Brianna Scurry
after being sprung down the right side by Marta.
The closest Washington came to scoring was on a shot by Lori Lindsey
that hit the near post in the second half.
"We are really happy with
the victory," said Sol coach Abner Rogers
. "To open up the inaugural season and come out with a victory is very pleasing. There were times when we
played very well, but fitness was a bit of an issue for both teams, as you could see. It is only going to get better. I was definitely happy. We dodged a few bullets; even though we came out with a
good victory, it was very beneficial." March 29 in Carson, Calif. Los Angeles 2 Washington 0.
Goals: Falk (Miyama) 6, Abily (Marta) 87. Los Angeles -
LeBlanc, Fletcher (Larkin, 46) Falk, Boxx, Cox, Miyama,
Bock, Abily, Makoski, Duan (Welsh, 84) Marta. Washington -
Scurry, Whitehill, Janss, Singer, Sauerbrunn, Lindsey (Gibeau, 72), Bompastor, Long, Sawa,
Wambach, Zimmeck (De Vanna, 43). Referee:
Kari Seitz. Att.: