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August 31, 2010 > Gold Pride stomp Beat

Gold Pride stomp Beat

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

A week after FC Gold Pride locked up first place for the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season, going from worst to first, all the pressure was off. And while playing free and easy, the Pride opened up a scoring barrage in a 6-1 throttling of the Atlanta Beat on Saturday, Aug. 28, at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.

"We put so much hard work into being the best in this league. Winning the leagues regular season, we had a chance to win the championship and it obviously felt very good," said Gold Pride coach Albertin Montoya. "The players have really played their heart out. Tonight we were playing without a lot of pressure and that really allowed us to get into a great rhythm."

It didn't look like it was going to be a six-goal performance for the Pride (14-3-4, 46 points), who only took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at half time. Tiffeny Milbrett scored the lone goal of the half for the Pride in the 43rd minute. Shannon Boxx set up Milbrett, who put it past Beat keeper Hope Solo.

But in the second 45, the floodgates were opened by the WPS scoring leaders (39 goals) to a tune of five goals, much to the chagrin of the 4,289 in attendance.

Camille Abily (who came on for Becky Edwards to start the half) netted the first goal of the second half in the 51st minute, taking a rebound from Solo off a Marta shot at the top of the goal mouth and slotting it in the back of the net.

After Eniola Aluko got the Beat (5-11-5, 20 points) on the board, beating Pride keeper Brittany Cameron for Atlanta's lone goal of the match in the 65th minute, WPS goals leader Marta put the game away over the next five minutes.

Just one minute after the Aluko score, Marta tallied her 16th goal of the campaign in the 66th minute. Then four minutes later, in the 70th minute, Kelley O'Hara played a dummy through to Marta who notched her 17th goal, beating Solo.

For good measure, O'Hara (72nd) and Christine Sinclair (88th) netted two more to give the Pride a WPS record for goals in a single match. In an earlier contest at Atlanta (July 3), the Pride scored its team-high in goals in a match with four in a 4-0 win.

Up next for the Pride as they prepare for their Sept. 26 WPS Championship contest is a Wednesday, Sept. 1, meeting in New Jersey with defending champion Sky Blue FC. The WPS 2010 regular season champions make their return to Pioneer Stadium in Hayward since clinching the top spot on Sunday, Sept. 5 vs. the Boston Breakers.

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