CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Sol officially kicked
off the 2009 Womens Professional Soccer season with a 2-0 victory over
the Washington Freedom in front of 14,832 fans in the WPS Inaugural Match
at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University
Dominguez Hills Sunday afternoon.
The first goal in club and league
history was recorded in the sixth minute of the match, when Los Angeles defender
Allison Falk out-jumped a crowd of Freedom defenders in the penalty area
to head in a free kick from Japanese national team star Aya Miyama.
It was a great ball from Aya.
I just went for it I didnt think I was going to get to it, but
I did and it went in, said the rookie from Stanford. It was a
very surreal experience
very exciting. Sol midfielder Camille
Abily (France) tallied the second of the afternoon in the 87th minute, taking
a short pass from three-time defending FIFA World Player of the Year Marta,
and chipping the ball over the hands of Freedom keeper Brianna Scurry.
Were really happy with
the victory, said Los Angeles Sol Head Coach Abner Rogers. We
dodged a few bullets and we came out with a good victory
it is only
going to get better.
The Los Angeles Sol (pronounced "soul")
returns to action next Sunday, April 5, when the club faces Sky Blue FC (New
Jersey/New York) in a road contest, while the Washington Freedom will meet
the Chicago Red Stars in their next game on April 11.
03.29.2009: Carson, CA The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 14,832 LOS ANGELES SOL WASHINGTON
FREEDOM 2:0 (1:0)
LA: 3 Allison Falk (8 Aya Miyama) 6;
20 - Camille Abily (10 - Marta) 87
LA: 23 Karina Leblanc (GK), 2 Kendall Fletcher
(18 Katie Larkin, 46), 3 Allison Falk, 7 Shannon
Boxx (C), 14 Stephanie Cox, 8 Aya Miyama, 11 Brittney
Bock, 20 Camille Abily, 22 Manya Makoski, 9 Han Duan
(13 Christie Welsh, 84), 10 - Marta DNP: 1 Val Henderson
(GK), 0 Brittney Cameron (GK), 4 Ali Wagner, 5 Greer
Barnes, 6 McCall Zerboni, 12 Lisa Sari, 21 - Johann Frisk Coach:
WAS: 1 Briana Scurry (GK), 4 Cat Whitehill,
11 Emily Janss, 21 Alex Singer, 22 Becky Sauerbrunn,
6 Lori Lindsey (3 - Jill Gilbeau, 72), 8 Sonia Bompastor,
9 Allie Long, 10 Homare Sawa, 20 Abby Wamback (Capt),
25 Claire Zimmeck (17 Lisa De Vanna, 43) DNP: 61
Kati Jo Spisak (GK), 15 Kristin Dedycker, 19 Rebecca Moros
Coach: Jim Gabarra
Sent off: None