Tough Defense Takes Atlanta Beat to Top of WUSA Standings
CHICAGO (Monday, May 28, 2001) - After handing the Philadelphia Charge its first loss of the season with a 2-0 win on Thursday, the Atlanta Beat posted a 1-0 victory over the Bay Area CyberRays on Sunday to remain undefeated at 3-0-3. Charmaine Hooper's 13th minute goal was all the offen
May 28, 2001
The Courage offense came alive in their 4-3 victory, led by two strikes from Danielle Fotopoulos. Shannon MacMillan had two goals and an assist in the match for the sixth-place Spirit (1-3-2, 5 pts.).
Philadelphia and Washington are tied for second place at 3-1-2 and 11 points - just a point back from Atlanta - after each posting wins on Sunday. The Philadelphia Charge needed a late goal from Laurie Schwoy to pull off a 3-2 win over the Boston Breakers (2-2-2, 8 pts.). Philadelphia's Liu Ailing scored two goals in the match, while Maren Meinert and Dagny Mellgren provided the offense for the hosts.
The Washington Freedom had a two-goal-scorer of their own as Bai Jie added a dramatic 90th minute goal to secure a 2-1 win over the New York Power (2-1-3, 9 pts.). The defender had given the visitors an early lead with a goal in the third minute, before New York's Ann Kristin Aarones equalized with a header in the 78th minute. In second-half stoppage time, Bai redirected a Mia Hamm corner kick past Power goalkeeper Gao Hong to give the Freedom the victory.