May 31, 2009 |
The Sol solidified its hold on first place in Women's Professional Soccer on Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over St. Louis Athletica in Carson. Goals by French midfielder Camille Abily in the 35th minute and Shannon Boxx five minutes into the second half improved Los Angeles' record to 6-1-2, as it approaches the halfway point in the inaugural WPS season. St. Louis, which fell to 2-3-2 and lost for the first time in five games, was outshot, 16-8, including 8-4 in shots on target.
June 28, 2009 |
Sol forward Marta darted across a hallway, headed for the locker room, when a fan stopped to ask for an autograph. She scrawled her signature on the side of the bobblehead doll, leaving her imprint much as she did in the game that ended minutes earlier. Her consecutive goals in the second half Saturday propelled the Sol to a 4-0 victory against the Chicago Red Stars in front of an announced 4,653 at the Home Depot Center.
July 10, 2011 |
Staggered, up against the ropes and reeling, Germany was hanging on its world championship by a thread. The fans in Wolfsburg had bitten their nails to the quick and time was running out in the Women's World Cup quarterfinal. That's when Karina Maruyama struck. The Japanese forward found the back of the German net in the 108th minute and the Nadeshiko, as the team is known, held on to score a stunning upset, knocking the host nation and two-time defending champion Germans out of their own tournament, 1-0, in extra time.
August 22, 2009 |
Logic says that the Los Angeles Sol should win Saturday's Women's Professional Soccer championship game in Carson. Instinct says it will be Sky Blue FC of New Jersey. Logic says the Sol, which has the best record in WPS, the league's top goal scorer in Brazil's Marta, the league's No. 1 goalkeeper in Canada's Karina LeBlanc and is playing on its own Home Depot Center field, should prevail. Instinct says Sky Blue, which finished fourth out of seven WPS teams, had a losing record, went through two coaching changes in five months and dealt with turmoil on and off the field, can win. In other words, the 1 p.m. match is there for the taking.
May 25, 2009 |
Camille Abily and Han Duan scored goals as the Sol beat FC Gold Pride, 2-0, in a Women's Professional Soccer match Sunday in front of 6,280. The first-place Sol (5-1-2) opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Aya Miyama was fouled inside the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick for Abily, whose shot found the back of the net. The Sol scored again in the 86th minute when Duan, on a breakaway, slipped the ball past goalkeeper Allison Whitworth from 12 yards out.
June 24, 2009 |
AT ST. LOUIS Time: 5 PDT. On the air: None. Where: Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park, Fenton, Mo. Records: Sol 8-1-4, Athletica 4-4-2. Record vs. Athletica: 1-0-1. Update: Coach Abner Rogers' first-place Sol has an eight-game unbeaten streak. The Sol tied Athletica, 0-0, in St. Louis and then shut it out, 2-0, at Carson. L.A. midfielder Camille Abily leads the league in scoring with seven goals. -- Grahame L. Jones