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June 1, 2010 > Gold Pride's win streak stopped

Gold Pride's win streak stopped

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

FC Gold Pride played another solid game on Saturday, May 29, but the Chicago Red Stars were able to keep the Women's Professional Soccer league leaders off the scoreboard and hold onto a 1-0 win, ending the Pride's five-game win streak.

"We just need keep on working and improving as a team," said FC Gold Pride coach Albertin Montoya. "We have to continue playing with what got us into first place. We'll just regroup and get back to the way we know how to play."

Gold Pride (5-2-0) defeated Chicago, 2-0, on May 8 at Castro Valley Athletic Field. But much has changed with the Red Stars, namely the firing of coach Emma Hayes, who seemingly lost her players. Red Stars GM Marcia McDermott stepped in on an interim basis to lead the club to victory.

Prior to the termination of Hayes, the Red Stars (2-4-1) were struggling to put away its chances, despite taking an outrageous number of shots. In six games, the Red Stars tallied three goals on 87 shots.

After a scoreless tie, the Red Stars got on the board in the 55th minute. Marian Dalmy came up the right side and fed Kosovare Asllani who only needed to tap the ball in for the Red Stars first goal in nearly three games.

"I think after we went down a goal we panicked a little bit and started playing a little more direct than we needed to," said Montoya.

Gold Pride snapped out of its funk to create several chances with time winding down, but couldn't solve Red Stars keeper Jillian Loyden.

"We made some changes toward the end that worked out well for us and we put some more pressure on them," Montoya said. "They did a good job holding on and getting the win."

For Asllani and the Red Stars, with a new coach on the way, the team is looking for a fresh start.

"We are really excited and I feel like it is our start, in my opinion," said Asllani. "We had a couple of games that we had dominated that we didn't win, and after all, the winning is the most important thing. And I think we got good confidence from this game."

Chicago will look to improve off of the win with another home match at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, this time against the league-worst Atlanta Beat on Sunday, June 6. Meanwhile, the Gold Pride return home to bounce back, taking on the second-place Washington Freedom. Kickoff at Castro Valley High Athletic Stadium is at 7 p.m.

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