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July 2, 2012
Week in review: Boston, Chicago battle for top spot

The Boston Breakers moved into a tie for first place with Saturday's win over the Chicago Red Stars, while at the other end of the table, FC Indiana picked up their first win of the season.

Saturday, June 30:
BOSTON BREAKERS 1, CHICAGO RED STARS 0 The Boston Breakers evened the season series with the Chicago Red Stars, taking a 1-0 home victory in front of the team’s fifth sellout crowd at Dilboy Stadium Saturday night. Australian international Kyah Simon netted her league-leading tenth goal of the season in the 89th minute to give the home side the win. Chicago had earned a similar 1-0 victory at home four weeks earlier, and the Breakers had been eager to avenge the loss. The win lifted Boston into a tie for first place on points with the Red Stars.

Both teams came out slowly in the 95-degree heat, with neither side being able to establish any rhythm. Chicago’s Lauren Fowlkes took the team’s first shot on goal in the seventh minute, but Boston goalkeeper Alice Binns punched the attempt away. Michele Weissenhofer then missed on a 20-yard blast, firing just past the near post. Julianne Sitch battled through for a shot that Binns was able to handle, and captain Lori Chalupny sent a bullet over the bar on a free kick from 25 yards.

Boston had their chances as well, as Simon bent a shot from 18 that Red Stars goalkeeper Jamie Forbes was able to corral in the ninth minute. The Breakers came out in the second half with a more organized offense, and nearly struck pay dirt at the 51-minute mark when Forbes tipped Jess Luscinski’s shot over the bar. Chicago then fought back, as Fowlkes nearly beat Binns from 25 yards out at the 65th minute and Ella Masar skimmed the crossbar from 20 yards at 68 minutes.

The Breakers made the change that mattered when Courtney Jones came in at the 71-minute mark for Lucinski. It was Jones’ hustle that helped set up Simon’s game winner, as she took a ball down the left side and into the corner before sending a pass to Katie Schoepfer who dummied the ball on to Simon. Although she slipped as she came into the 6-yard box, the Aussie managed to get a foot on the ball and knock it past Forbes for the win.

Thursday, June 28:

Meghan Lenczyk scored her third goal of the season to give the New York Fury a 1-0 win over the ASA Chesapeake Charge. Lenczyk settled a ball from Leigh Ann Robinson midway through the first half for the only goal of the game. She has now scored in two of the last three Fury games, both wins. New York goalkeeper Michelle Betos posted her sixth shutout of the season as the Fury improved to 6-3-1, 19 pts, while Chesapeake fell to 1-7-1, 4pts.

"We needed the three points and the positive thing is Allie Long and Gina DiMartino are on the road to full fitness," Fury head coach Paul Riley said. "The goal we scored was certainly top shelf. I just wish we could reproduce that kind of play more often in the 90 minutes.” The Fury created plenty of chances, but had a hard time finding the back of the net, outshooting the Charge 9-3.

Friday, June 29:

A fifteenth-minute goal from Manouchka Pierre-Louis saw FC Indiana snatch its first win of the WPSL Elite season against the Philadelphia Fever on Friday, June 29. The victory pulls FC Indiana out of the bottom spot on the table and into a tie with ASA Chesapeake Charge, who they face on Sunday, July 1.

A tense, tight contest was decided when Pierre-Louis latched onto a clever pass from Jordan Clark. She took a touch to steady herself then fired near post from 12 yards out. Up to that point both defenses had been on top of their games, leaving few chances for either side to score.

Philadelphia created their best clear chance at goal in the 83rd minute,. After a corner, Allen squeezed a shot but could not prod it past FC Indiana goalkeeper Geralda Santilus from ten yards out. Then with two minutes left Philadelphia’s Leanne Champ barely missed with a direct kick, just topping the crossbar.

Sunday, July 1: Manouchka Pierre-Louis set up two goals, the first in the 17th minute by Nadia Valentine and the second in the 20th minute by Sophia Batard, as FC Indiana played ASA Chesapeake Charge to a 2-2 draw in Baltimore. The tie moved FC Indiana (1-7-2) to sixth place in the WPSL Elite, ahead of Charge (1-7-2) on goal differential. Pierre-Louis had scored the lone goal in FC Indiana’s 1-0 victory on Friday against Philadelphia Fever.

FC Indiana created a number of opportunities in the game, but poor finishing and strong goalkeeping by Chesapeake's Lyndse Hokanson kept FC Indiana to a pair of goals. Still, that looked to be enough, until the very end. However, in the 86th minute a mishandled shot by the Charge’s Riley Barger cut the lead to 2-1. Then during an incredible 12 minutes of stoppage time, Chesapeake's Christine Nairn took a free kick from 23 yards out and curled it in to make the final score 2-2 and earn each side a single point.

Upcoming Games
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New England Mutiny at New York Fury
Thursday, July5, 2012
Philadelphia Fever at FC Indiana
Friday, July 6, 2012
ASA Chesapeake Charge at Boston Breakers
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Philadelphia Fever at Chicago Red Stars
Boston Breakers at New England Mutiny
Sunday, July 8, 2012
ASA Chesapeake Charge at Western New York Flash

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