Bay Area Downs Atlanta In Dramatic Conclusion to Inaugural WUSA Season
FOXBORO, Mass. (Saturday, August 25, 2001) - In a riveting conclusion to the inaugural WUSA season, the Bay Area CyberRays defeated the Atlanta Beat on penalty kicks Saturday to become the first team to hoist the coveted Founders Cup. Atlanta's Sun Wen had put the CyberRays behind 3-2 in the 83rd minute, but Tisha Venturini's 86th minute reply leveled the match at 3-3 and forced overtime and eventually penalty kicks. Julie Murray scored the CyberRays' second goal, then knocked home the championship clinching penalty (4-2) on her way to being named the game's Most Valuable Player. A crowd of 21,078 came to Foxboro Stadium to watch one of the most exciting final matches in the history of women's soccer.