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WUSA Team-by-Team Notes

Posted: Tue Jul 22 14:58:06 2003 EST

+WUSA Team-by-Team Notes+

(as of

Tuesday, July 22) Atlanta Beat: Atlanta began a five-game road trip with a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia at Villanova Stadium on

Wednesday, July 16 and a 0-0 draw against second place Boston at Nickerson Field on

Saturday, July 19...Forward Cindy Parlow scored the game-winning goal against Philadelphia, via an assist from Homare Sawa...Parlow has recorded the second highest number of assists (4) for the Beat and is fourth on the team for goals scored (4)...Goalkeeper Briana Scurry recorded her 20th career shutout (her 7th this season) this week ...Scurry has the highest winning percentage (.667), the highest saves percentage (81.5), and has the most wins (8) of any goalkeeper in the WUSA this season... The Beat became the first WUSA team in league history to reach the 30-win mark during its history as well as the first team to record 100 points... With four games left in the season, Atlanta could surpass the league record for points in one season set by Carolina (40 points in 2002)...The Beat could earn up to 12 points during remainder of the season, which would bring the team's season total to 44 points... Atlanta continues to hold the number one spot in the WUSA standings by six points, boasting the league's number one ranked defense (0.76 goals allowed per game) and number two ranked offense (1.88 goals per game). Boston Breakers: The Breakers played to a 0-0 draw with Atlanta at Nickerson Field on

Saturday, July 19...Boston remains in control of the number two spot in WUSA league standings, six points behind Atlanta and two points in front of third place San Diego...At 7-4-5, Boston has five games left, two at home and three on the road...The Breakers' magic number (a combination of Boston winning and or other WUSA teams tying/losing) to clinch

a playoff spot is 10 and 13 to clinch homefield advantage in the playoffs... Boston is 4-2-3 at home and 3-2-2 on the road...Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc recorded seven saves, several from point blank range in

Saturday's draw with Atlanta... The shutout was LeBlanc's second of the season... LeBlanc leads the league in saves (67) and has a (72.8) save percentage... Forward Dagny Mellgren is the only player in WUSA history to record 10 or more goals in each of the league's first three season... The Breakers offense is ranked fifth in the league (1.56 goals per game) and their defense is ranked fourth (1.50 goals allowed per game). Carolina Courage: The Courage secured a much-needed 1-0 win over the San Diego Spirit on

Saturday, July 19 to keep them in the hunt for postseason action... With a record of 6-7-3, Carolina sits in sixth place in WUSA standings, four points out of the last playoff spot with five games left in the regular season ...Defender Nel Fettig scored the game-winning goal for the Courage via a corner kick from defender Brooke O'Hanley...Both of Fettig's goals this season have been game-winning... Fettig is fourth on the Courage for points scored (6)...Forward Birgit Prinz leads the Courage and is tied for fourth in the WUSA in goals scored (9)... The Courage defense is ranked sixth in the league (1.69 goals allowed per game) while the offense in ranked fourth (1.63 goals per game). New York Power: The New York Power fell to the Washington Freedom 2-0 on

Saturday, July 19 at RFK Stadium...At 7-8-2 with four games left in the regular season, New York sits in fifth place in WUSA standings, just two points away from one of four playoff spots... Tiffeny Milbrett and Christie Welsh are the top goal scorers for the Power, netting 36 precent (10 out of 28) of all New York goals this season ... The duo is also responsible for 27 percent of Power assists this season (25 out

of 92) ...Milbrett is ranked 13th in the league (with 13 assists) and Welsh ranks 15th (with 12 assists)... Former Head Coach Pat Farmer was named the new head soccer coach at Tennessee Tech University... Australians Cheryl Salisbury and Joey Peters will both miss the Power's next two games, due to

national team duty... New York is unbeaten in its last four matches (2-0-2 a new team record)... The Power defense is ranked eighth in team defense (2.18 goals per game) and third in team offense (1.65 goals per game) Philadelphia Charge: The Charge remains at the bottom of the WUSA standings with a 2-1 loss to San Jose

Sunday, July 20 at Torero Stadium and a 1-0 defeat to Atlanta on

Wednesday, July 16 at Villanova Stadium... Philadelphia is winless in its last seven games (0-5-2)...It's the second time this season the Charge have lost four straight...The Charge won't finish with a winning record for the first time in team history (9-8-4 in 2001, 11-4-6 in 2002)... Marinette Pichon returned to the lineup on

Wednesday, July 16 after missing two games with a back injury...The reigning MVP, who was held scoreless versus the CyberRays on July 20, has never scored against San Jose (the only WUSA team that has kept her from finding the back of the net)...Pichon still leads the league in goals per 90 minutes (0.74)... Melanie Hoffman scored the lone goal of the week for the Charge, her fifth of the season...The Charge scored only one goal in three games this season against the CyberRays (San Jose outscored Philadelphia 5-1 in the three-game sweep)...Philadelphia ranks sixth in team offense (1.35 goals per game) and seventh in team defense (2.12 goals per game). San Diego Spirit: San Diego lost to Carolina 1-0 on

Saturday, July 19 at SAS Stadium, days after topping Washington 2-1

Wednesday, July 16 in front of the largest crowd to ever see a game at Torero Stadium (6,733)... San Diego has been shut out three times this season, all on the road...The team has gone 190 minutes without a goal on the road...Christine Latham helped lead the Canadian national team to a 2-1 win over Brazil on

Saturday, July 19...The Spirit are 0-2-1 without Latham...Against Washington, the Spirit won its first game that started after 6 p.m. (1-4-5)...Julie Fleeting had a goal and an assist and ranks eighth in the WUSA in points scored (20)... The Spirit will play the Freedom two more times (July 26 in Washington, Aug. 9 in San Diego)... Defender Kim Pickup was helped off the field late in the first half with what was described as heart palpitations... San Diego needs one win to tie a team record (7)...The final four games for the third-place Spirit are against Carolina, New York and Washington, teams 4-6 in the WUSA standings... San Diego ranks seventh in team offense (1.35 goals per game) and second in team defense (1.31 goals per game). San Jose CyberRays: San Jose came off a bye week with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia

Sunday, July 20 at Spartan Stadium...Katie Barnes, who scored the game-winning goal, has two goals this season, both game-winners against Philadelphia...Brandi Chastain did not play and the CyberRays won for the first time this season without their captain (1-2-0)...The team is 2-4-1 without Chastain all-time...San Jose outscored Philadelphia 5-1 in a

three-game season sweep... With Katia scoring the first goal

Sunday against Philadelphia and Sissi assisting on the second, all 20 CyberRays' goals this season have been scored by, or been assisted by one of the team's three Brazilian players (Pretinha)... The streak of consecutive goals with Brazilian participation is 27... The last goal without Brazilian input was July 27, 2002, when Lisa Naez scored the first goal unassisted in a 4-1 victory over New York...Christina Bell's assist was her first point since July 27, 2002... Bell was activated for the game because of a season-ending injury to Pretinha...Katia won the ESPY on

Wednesday night (July 16) for Best Female Soccer player, honoring her performance last season when she set a league record with 36 points...San Jose ranks eighth in team offense (1.19 goals per game) and third in team defense (1.31 goals per game). Washington Freedom: Washington bounced back with a 2-0 win over New York

Saturday, July 19 at RFK Stadium after losing a tough 2-1 battle to San Diego on

Wednesday, July 16 at Torero Stadium...Abby Wambach's two goal-performance against New York was her third multiple-goal game of the season, tying her for the league lead with Boston's Maren Meinert and Philadelphia's Marinette Pichon... Mia Hamm's assist vaulted her into the league lead in points (23)...Wambach ranks second with 22 points...Siri Mullinix, who leads the league with 68 catch/punches, recorded her fourth shutout on July 19...The Freedom is 3-5-2 in past 10 games, but still leads New York by a point for the fourth playoff spot...Washington ranks first in team offense (1.88 goals per game) and fifth in team defense (1.56 goals per game).