Boston's Dagney Mellgren Earns Week Five Player of the Week Honors in Leading the Breakers to 4-2 Victory in San Jose
CHICAGO (Monday, May 21, 2001) - In the WUSA's highest scoring match to date, Dagney Mellgren earned week five honors as WUSA Player of the Week. The Boston forward helped start the carnage against the Bay Area CyberRays in Wednesday's 4-2 victory in San Jose, CA. Mellgren assisted on a Sherice Bartling goal for Boston in the 8th minute to open the scoring. She then closed the book on the Breakers scoring column with an unassisted goal in the 57th minute of play.
Boston Breakers 4, Bay Area CyberRays 2
In the WUSA's first mid-week match, the visiting Boston Breakers stunned the Bay Area CyberRays early - and often. By the time the CyberRays had broken a sweat, in the eighth and ninth minutes, Breakers' Sherice Bartling and Angela Hucles had scored respectively. In the early moments of the second half, it happened again. Boston tacked on two more goals from Kristine Lilly and Dagny Mellgren in the 56th and 57th minutes, leaving the snake bitten CyberRays and their fans scratching their heads. This despite the fact that the CyberRays outshot the Breakers 26-10 and totalled 14 corner kicks to Boston's 4. Brandi Chastain finally broke the ice by adding a late goal in the 63rd minute and converting on a penalty kick with 2 minutes remaining in the game.
New York Power 1, San Diego Spirit 0
The visiting New York Power claimed sole possession of first place in the WUSA standings with a 1-0 win over the San Diego Spirit Sunday at Torero Stadium in front of a near capacity crowd of 5,529. The lone goal of the game came in the waning seconds of the first half when a corner kick was redirected into the box and found an unmarked Tammy Pearman for the sitter. San Diego keeper Jaime Pagliarulo valiantly kept her team in the game, saving 7 New York shots.
Carolina Courage 2, Washington Freedom 2
Hege Riise and Mikka Hansen both scored for Carolina in the second half to lead the Courage back to a 2-2 tie with Mia Hamm and the visiting Washington Freedom at Fetzer Field Saturday. Washington tallied early in the game, when Pretinha scored her league leading fourth goal in the eighth minute of play. Amanda Cromwell tacked on the second for a 2-0 advantage in the 38th minute. The Washington lead would disappear early in the second half when Hansen scored four minutes into the second half, followed by Riise's conversion of a penalty kick on a hand ball in the box in the 61st minute.