WUSA: Meinert lifts Boston to tie in San Jose

The Boston Breakers took one more step toward its first WUSA playoff berth and the San Jose CyberRays lost needed points in a 1-1 draw Sunday before 6,187 at Spartan Stadium.

Maren Meinert scored her ninth goal of the season in a 64th-minute scramble as the Breakers (7-4-7, 28 points) returned to second place, five points behind Atlanta with three games remaining. Washington also has 28 points, but Boston won the season series, the first tiebreaker in determining standings position.

Tisha Venturini-Hoch, who is retiring at season's end, scored from Keri Sanchez's feed in the 48th minute for San Jose. CyberRays goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene made eight saves.

San Jose (6-8-3, 21 points), champion in 2001 which missed the postseason last year, is four points out of the playoff zone.

San Jose was without defender Brandi Chastain, who has been sidelined three weeks with a quadriceps strain. Chastain may be placed on the league's injured list on Monday.

Boston defender Jena Kluegel departed in the 25th minute with a foot injury.

SUNDAY'S SUMMARIES

July 27 at San Jose

San Jose 1 Boston 1. Goals: Venturini-Hoch (Sanchez) 48; Meinert 64.

San Jose -- Beene; Antongiovanni, Bryan, Cromwell, French; Barr; Sanchez, Venturini-Hoch (Cook, 78), Sissi; Barnes (Bell, 69), Katia.

Boston -- LeBlanc; Kluegel (Gonzalez, 25), Sobrero, McCann, Aldama; Hawkins (Popper, 63); Monroe (Mugneret-Beghe, 53), Hucles, Lilly (McDowell, 58); Meinert, Mellgren.

Yellow cards -- None.

Referee -- Arnold Baldeaux.

A -- 6,187.

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. Carolina 17 7-7-3 24 (29-28)
7. San Jose 17 6-8-3 21 (20-22)
8. Philadelphia 18 3-11-4 13 (24-39)

THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Sunday, July 27

San Jose 1 Boston 1

Wednesday, July 23
Boston 2 Washington 2
San Diego 1 New York 1

Saturday, July 26
New York 1 Atlanta 1
Philadelphia 1 Carolina 3
Washington 2 San Diego 0

NEXT WEEK'S GAMES
Wednesday, July 30

San Jose at Carolina, 7 p.m.

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.

FINAL WEEK SCHEDULE
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. Stacey Tullock (Philadelphia) 3-4--10
21. Shannon Boxx (New York) 1-7--9
Jacqui Little (Washington) 2-5--9
Lindsay Stoecker (Washington) 4-1--9
24. Abby Crumpton (Atlanta) 3-2--8
Krista Davey (New York) 3-2--8
Julie Foudy (San Jose) 3-2--8
Katia (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
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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