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Falk heads Sol past DC in WPS opener

Allison Falk - © 2009 Paul Martinez /
Allison Falk heads ball past Freedom keeper Briana Scurry for the inaugural score

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CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Sol officially kicked off the 2009 Women’s 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 didn’t 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.

     “We’re 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: Abner Rogers

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 (Cap’t), 25 – Claire Zimmeck (17 – Lisa De Vanna, 43’) DNP: 61 – Kati Jo Spisak (GK), 15 – Kristin Dedycker, 19 – Rebecca Moros Coach: Jim Gabarra

Booked: None

Sent off: None

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