The Atlanta Beat Women's Professional Soccer team recorded their first win in franchise history on June 19 at Kennesaw State University Stadium, defeating the Chicago Red Stars 1-0.
Beat defender Tina Ellertson scored the match's only goal in the 42nd minute of play with an assist by Mexican forward Monica Ocampo. Ocampo served the ball to Ellertson, who then leaped and headed the ball just inside the far post.
"Chicago was pushing up on us so I was thinking about being offsides, and Monica did a great job of laying it in and I stepped up right in time, just wanted to put it in the corner of the net. We finally got the monkey off our back,” said Ellertson.
Atlanta out shot the Red Stars 17-4, and attained twice as many corner kicks with 10. However, the Beat were called offsides six times compared to the Chicago's one. There ware also 20 total fouls between the two teams during the game.
Atlanta were missing three players due to national team duty, Ramona Bachmann, Johanna Rasmussen and Eniola Aluko, and two players due to grassroots World Cup campaigns, Kia McNeill and Hope Solo.
“Bottom line in a team is that it’s about the team. No matter how many players were missing, it doesn’t change the fact that the Atlanta Beat came out to play today,” said Beat goalkeeper Brett Maron.
This match was Atlanta's second against Chicago, following their first game on June 6 which resulted in a 0-0 draw. The Beat's next match will take place at KSU Soccer Stadium on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
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