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August 17, 2010 > Pride get third straight shutout

Pride get third straight shutout

By Jeff Weisinger

For the third straight game this month, FC Gold Pride (12-3-4, 40 points) recorded a shutout after ending its Saturday, Aug. 14, game against the Washington Freedom (5-8-7, 22 points) with a scoreless tie at Pioneer Stadium in Hayward.

The Pride's backline have come through in the clutch, as they have recorded scoreless ties in their last three games. However, they have not lost a game since losing to Sky Blue FC back on June 27. The Pride are 5-0-3 during the stretch, and despite tying the last three matches, they still possess a strong hold of first place.

After the weekend of play where the Pride tied and both the second-place Philadelphia Independence (3-2 vs. Atlanta) and third-place Boston Breakers (4-0 vs. Sky Blue FC) won, the lead over second has dipped to six points. Meanwhile, the Freedom jumped into a fourth-place tie with Sky Blue with the point in the standings.

Offensively, the Pride shows signs of improvement despite recent struggles getting the ball in the net in the previous two games. They were able to drive through the Freedom midfield and work their way around Washington's backline, however could not capitalize on shots within the 18-yard box.

"We created a lot of good chances and I thought we played good soccer," said Gold Pride coach Albertin Montoya. "Defensively, we've been very good by not allowing clear opportunities for other teams to score goals."

"Goals are going to come," said Pride midfielder Shannon Boxx. "If we weren't creating I would be worried but we're creating chances, we're hitting posts, we're taking shots, but as long as we continue to play well in every other aspect, then goals will come."

The Pride out-shot Washington 13-7 on the night with four of those on target, however Freedom keeper Ashlyn Harris stopped any chances of the Pride breaking the scoreless drought.

"Goals come and go and at the point that we're trying to make on this team is that we're defending great," Boxx added. "We've got three shutouts in a row and that's huge because in the end, defense wins games."

The Gold Pride's scoreless streak is now at 271 minutes and counting with their last goal coming in the 89th minute at Washington back in late July in the Pride's 4-1 win against the Freedom. Tiffeny Milbrett sealed a Gold Pride blowout with her goal with an assist by Becky Edwards.

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