The Los Angeles Sol defeated FC Gold Pride, 2-0, in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,280 fans at the downsized Buck Shaw Stadium and opened up a
six-point lead at the top of the Women's Professional Soccer standings.
Playing without Shannon Boxx
, Brittany Bock
, Karina LeBlanc
and Martina Franko
, who were in Toronto for Monday's Canada-USA friendly,
the Sol won on goals by Frenchwoman Camille Abily
(first-half penalty kick) and Chinese Han Duan
"Today was a really great team victory for us," said Los Angeles coach Abner Rogers
. "We were missing some of our players, but our
entire team pulled together and helped us earn a very good victory."
The Saint Louis Athletica gained revenge for its 1-0 loss at home to Chicago in their season opener with a 2-0
win at Chicago on Saturday. It was the third game in a row the struggling Red Stars were shut out.
The game turned on an early save by goalie Jillian
on Cristiane's header in her WPS debut.
"It was certainly a change of pace from practicing everyday," said Loyden, who was filling in for U.S. international Hope Solo
. "But the transition was so easy thanks to my teammates and the coaching staff. I am just on cloud nine I am so excited."
scored one goal, and her attempted pass deflected off Chicago's Ifeoma Dieke
for an own goal.
Sky Blue FC is now all alone in last place after its 2-1 loss to Washington in the Freedom's first game at RFK Stadium, part of a doubleheader with MLS's D.C. United.
Defender Cat Whitehill
buried a Sonia Bompastor
corner kick with her head for her first WPS goal and Australian Lisa De Vanna
on a breakaway four minutes later to give the Freedom a 2-0 lead.
Rosana scored in the second half for Sky Blue. Results: May 23 in Washington, D.C. Washington 2
Sky Blue FC 1.
Goals: Whitehill (Bompastor) 35, De Vanna 40; Rosana (Kai) 66. Washington -
McLeod, Sauerbrunn, Whitehill, Singer, Gilbeau
(DeDyker, 64), Sawa, Bompastor, Lindsey, Moros, De Vanna (Eyorokon, 78), Long (Janss, 90). Sky Blue FC -
Branam, Sitch, Asante, Dowling, Schnur,
Buczkowski, McCallum, Averbuch (Shaner, 67), Rosana (French, 79), White, Kai (Keselica, 67). Yellow Cards:
Washington - DeDycker 77; Sky Blue FC -
Dowling 48, Asante 84, Keselica 89. Referee:
Daniel Fitzgerald. May 23 in Bridgeview, Ill. Chicago 0 St. Louis 2.
Goals: Own goal 26, Aluko (Fletcher) 41. Chicago -
Jonsson, Dieke, Igwe (Adams, 45), Spilger, Krzysik (Garriock, 45; Wenino, 56), Masar, Klein, Ostberg, Oakes, Christiane, Carney. St. Louis -
Loyden, Cross, Ellertson, Larsson, Weber, Stoia (Walter 70), Fletcher, Woznuk, Francielle, Aluko, Hanks (Welsh, 88). Yellow Cards:
Chicago - Igwe 9; St. Louis - Aluko 81. Referee:
Sandra Serafini. Att.:
4,461. May 24 in Santa Clara, Calif. FC Gold Pride 0 Los Angeles 2.
Goals: Abily pen. 27, Duan 86. FC Gold Pride -
Whitworth, Robinson, Dew, Graczyk, Wilson, Osborne, Erika (Formiga, 66), DiMartino, Weimer
(Adrianne, 54), Milbrett, Arakawa (Chastain, 80). Los Angeles -
Henderson, Makoski, Falk, Cox, Larkin, Abily (Zerboni, 92+), Sari, Miyama, Bogus (Frisk,
45), Duan, Marta. Yellow Cards:
FC Gold Pride - Erika 33; Los Angeles - Marta 45. Referee:
6,280. Standings: TEAM W L T GF GA P
Los Angeles 5 1 2 9 2 17
Boston 3 2 2 9 9 11
FC Gold Pride 3 4 1 8 10 10
Washington 2 2 3 12 14 9
St. Louis 2 2 2 6 6 8
Chicago 2 3 2 6 6
Sky Blue FC 1 4 2 4 7 5 Leading Scorers:
Kelly Smith (Boston) 4
Marta (Los Angeles) 4
Daniela (St. Louis) 2
Lindsey (Washington) 2
Kristine Lilly (Boston) 2
Tiffeny Milbrett (FC Gold Pride) 2
Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago) 2
Sonia Bompastor (Washington) 2
Abby Wambach (Washington) 2
Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride) 2
Lisa De Vanna (Washington) 2
Camille Abily (Los Angeles) 2 Schedule: Saturday, May 30
Los Angeles vs. Saint Louis, 7pm ET Sunday, May 31
Sky Blue FC vs. Boston,
6 pm ET (FSC)
Washington vs. FC Gold Pride, 4pm ET