St.Louis Athletica Hand Philadelphia First Loss of WPS Season

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 teams media guide; first win, first Goal, first tie, and so on.

Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Independence will now have to add their first lost to the list following tonight’s 2-1 defeat to St. Louis Athletica at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park.

Philadelphia arrived in the Show Me State with the only unbeaten record in the league, (2-0-2) and just one point behind league leading FC Gold Pride in the over-all standings.

For the second time this season the Independence has had a ball deflect off one of their players and into their own net. 

Tonight Philadelphia’s Allison Falk was the victim as a deflection off her and past keeper Karina LeBlanc gave St.Louis a 1-0 in the 41st minute.

The first time this situation happened was several weeks ago in Boston, when 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, Karina getting the start tonight after sitting out the last weeks; once for National team duties with team Canada and last week to make way for backup Val Henderson who had earned a second consecutive start following her performance while filling in for LeBlanc.

After holding onto the 1-0 lead at half-time, 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 it to a 2-1 deficit.

Unfortunately that also ended the scoring for the night as Philadelphia loses 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 F.C. Gold Pride, who now have 12 points atop the table following their 2-0 win tonight over Chicago.

Philadelphia will continue their three game road trip next when they visit the Red Stars.

Athletica, meanwhile will be back in action next Sunday afternoon at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park when they host the defending WPS Champions Sky Blue FC.

Side Note

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

Philadelphia Own Goal (41’)

Lindsay Tarplay (60’)


Lindsey Patterson (74’)