St. Louis Suffers First Loss Of The WPS Season

Lauren SalterContributor IMay 2, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25:  Eniola Aluko of England celebrates after scoring a goal during the Womens World Cup Qualifier between England and Austria at Loftus Road on March 25, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Athletica suffered their first defeat of the 2010 WPS season at the strong offensive front put forward by the Washington Freedom. Falling 3-1 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, St. Louis now has a 1-1-2 record on the year.

Though the Athletica had the run of the possession most of the first half, Washington's Sonia Bompastor struck first in the 19th minute, courtesy of a setup by Abby Wambach.

St. Louis would benefit from the possession late in the first half, when Lori Chalupny took a pass from Shannon Boxx and turned it to the front of the goal. Eniola Aluko struck the ball home for her third tally of the year.

An early second half corner kick by Bompastor lead to the go-ahead Freedom goal by Homare Sawa. Athletica goalkeeper Hope Solo managed to get a hand on the ball, but was unable to turn it away.

Washington's third goal came by a blast by Leme Mykjaland from distance that caught Solo off her line.

St. Louis hosts the Philadelphia Independence next Saturday night at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park.