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Gold Pride edge Beat, 2-1

Posted on 25 April 2010 by asu

As far as scrappy games go, FC Gold Pride defender and winning goal scorer Carrie Dew summed up the game best stating, “It was a battle the whole game, and it wasn’t necessarily the prettiest game, but I think we just kept fighting to the end.”  If the FC Gold Pride proved they could play a rhythmic and offensive game last weekend, they proved that they could play a “chippy” game this week and still get a win.  With this 2-1 win over Atlanta, the Pride inch their way up toward the top of the leaderboard.

The Pride offensive line lost a few inches, and the defensive line definitely felt the loss of a formidable presence with the absences of Christine Sinclair and Candace Chapman to Canadian National Team duty.  The Beat started the game with more of a physical presence than the Pride has seen in any other game; that high pressure did not let up.  The intensity of the attack appeared to surprise the Pride players, who started the game scattered and playing numerous bad first touches.  There were several attempts at finding the play-making rhythm that netted the Pride a win last week, but the swiftness of the Beat defense kept the Pride players scrambling for space.

In the 10th minute, it was the speed of Tiffeny Milbrett that netted the first Pride goal.  Midfielder Camille Abily launched a perfect through ball to Milbrett, who was able to slot the ball past the Beat’s goalkeeper.  However, after that play, further scoring opportunities for the Pride in the first half were shut down by the Beat.

Beat midfielder and first round draft pick Tobin Heath went down in the 17th minute due to an ankle injury and had to be replaced by McCall Zerboni, but that only appeared to fuel the Beat’s intensity.  In the 23rd minute, Beat forward Monica Ocampo found herself with open space in front of the Pride goal with a nicely placed through ball by Beat captain Angie Kerr and scored what would prove to the their sole goal of the game.

The Pride regrouped and came back in the second half with an increased presence on the field, directed by Pride coach Albertin Montoya’s instruction to “battle strong.”  However, there were only nominal scoring chances for the Pride, as Marta was physically overpowered anytime she neared the 18 yard line and several clearance attempts landed at the feet of Beat players in dangerous territory.

The Pride back line was put to the test multiple times tonight.  Beat forwards Monica Ocampo and Ramona Bachmann put together some dangerous plays within striking distance of the net, but Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart thrust herself into the fray time after time, emerging with a firm grasp on the ball, and destroying any other Beat chance to score.

Dew sealed the deal with a goal in the 90th minute.  Forward Kiki Bosio was able to use her infamous flip throw that mirrored a far post corner kick, and Ali Riley tapped the ball directly to Dew, who directed it into the Beat goal with a flick of the head.

Neither team ever had a chance to truly settle the ball.  Both teams played aggressively, and not always when possession of the ball was contended.  Milbrett appreciated the physicality and intensity of the game, acknowledging that though there were “a lot of people going down, a lot of hard tackles,” “that’s what we need for this league, to be at 100% from minute zero all the way to the end.”

Pride coach Albertin Montoya acknowledged it was not an “attractive game,” but became “more of a battle.”  All in all, he stated that “right now, the way things are in this league,” he would rather take “an ugly win” than “a loss and play well.”

As Milbrett concluded, the “tide is changing” and this is a team that is “ready to do anything.”

With two wins under their belt, the Pride will hit the road next weekend in an attempt to maintain their forward momentum against NY/NJ Sky Blue FC.

Match Facts

FC Gold Pride (2-1-0) vs. Atlanta Beat (0-2-1)
Saturday, April 24, 2010 — Castro Valley Athletic Stadium

BAY: Tiffeny Milbrett 1 (Camille Abily) 11′
ATL: Monica Ocampo 1 (Angie Kerr) 25′
BAY: Carrie Dew 1 (Ali Riley) 90′

FC GOLD PRIDE — Nicole Barnhart, Ali Riley, Rachel Buehler, Kristen Graczyk, Kandace Wilson (Kaley Fountain, 86′), Becky Edwards, Carrie Dew, Camille Abily (Kiki Bosio, 59′), Kelley O’Hara, Tiffeny Milbrett (Kimberly Yokers, 76′), Marta

Substitutes Not Used: Brittany Cameron, Ashley Bowyer, Solveig Gulbrandsen, Rosie Tantillo

ATLANTA BEAT — Allison Whitworth, Lauren Sesselmann, Stacy Bishop, Leigh Ann Robinson, Sophia Mundy (Amanda Cinalli, 56′), Tobin Heath, Johanna Rasmussen (Shelley Thompson, 75′), Mami Yamaguchi, Angie Kerr, Ramona Bachmann, Monica Ocampo

Substitutes Not Used: Tracy Hamm, Katie Larkin, McCall Zerboni, Brett Maron

Shots 9 6
Shots on Goal 5 4
Fouls 9 6
Offsides 1 2
Corner Kicks 4 1
Saves 3 3


Referee: Dallas Malhiwsky
Referee Assistants: Veronica Perez, Mike Kampmeinert
4th Official: Vicente Cortes

2 Comments For This Post

  1. asu Says:

    “Match Facts” corrections: McCall Zerboni in for Tobin Heath in the 20th minute. Two cautions were issued: One in the 26th minute to the Pride's Rachel Buehler and one in the 46+ to the Beat's Zerboni.

  2. asu Says:

    “Match Facts” corrections: McCall Zerboni in for Tobin Heath in the 20th minute. Two cautions were issued: One in the 26th minute to the Pride's Rachel Buehler and one in the 46+ to the Beat's Zerboni.

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