WPS: Own Goal Helps Put a Blemish On Philadelphia's Unbeaten Record

Phil AndrewsCorrespondent IMay 9, 2010

BEIJING - AUGUST 21:  Goalkeeper Hope Solo of United States looks on during the Women's Football Gold Medal match between Brazil and the United States on Day 13 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 21, 2008 at Worker's Stadium in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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As an expansion team, everything you do ends up in the record section of the team's media guide: first win, first goal, first tie, and so on.

Unfortunately the Philadelphia Independence, they will now have to add their first loss to the list following a 2-1 defeat to St. Louis Athletica at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park over the weekend.

Philadelphia arrived in the Show Me State with the only unbeaten record in the league at 2-0-2, and just were one-point behind league-leading FC Gold Pride in the overall standings.

For the second time this season the Independence had a ball deflect off one of their players, and into their own net. Philadelphia’s Allison Falk was the victim, as a deflection off her and former keeper Karina LeBlanc, gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute. 

The first time this situation happened was several weeks ago in Boston, where a free kick deflected off a player in the Independence wall, causing the ball the change directions and past the out stretched fingers of LeBlanc.

Speaking of LeBlanc, her getting the start in net after came safter she sat out last week for national team duties with Team Canada.

After holding onto the 1-0 lead at halftime, St. Athletica struck again in the 60th minute.

Lindsay Tarpley, making her first start for Athletica, notched her first goal of the year. Tarpley has dealt with a long recovery from ACL surgery, and Saturday night marked her true comeback.

Tarpley’s goal came from an Eniola Aluko flick that found her on the edge of the 18-yard box. Her resulting shot cleanly beat an outstretched Karina LeBlanc to give Athletica a 2-0 lead at that point                    

During the 71st minute, Independence coach Paul Riley made his first substitution, replacing Johanna Lohman with Lindsey Patterson. The switch paid off just three minutes later, as Patterson pulled one back for Philadelphia beating Hope Solo to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Unfortunately, that also ended the scoring for the night, as Philadelphia lost its first game of the season.

At  2-1-2, Athletica and the Independence are tied for second place in the WPS standings, four points behind league leading FC Gold Pride, who now have 12 points atop the table following its 2-0 win over Chicago.

Philadelphia will continue  its three-game road trip next  weekend, when they visit the Red Stars. 

Philadelphia’s Caroline Seger did not make the trip to St. Louis, as she continues to nurse a calf strain.