Exciting Opening Weekend for WPS

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This past weekend, WPS kicked off its third season as the Boston Breakers beat the Atlanta Beat on their home turf 4-1 and the Philadelphia Independence and Sky Blue FC drew to a 2-2 tie.

Boston Breaker's Jordan Angeli, Keelin Winters, Kelley O'Hara, and Kasey Moore netted one goal each to secure the win for the Breakers on Saturday.  Although the Beat tallied more shots on goal, their only score came from a Carli Llloyd pentalty kick in the 78th minute of the game.

On Sunday, PUMA standouts Tasha Kai and Amy Rodriguez notched their first points of the season as the Philadelphia Independence battled Sky Blue to a 2-2 draw.  Sky Blue opened the game with first half goals from Laura Kalmari and Casey Noguiera, but the Independence capitalized twice in the second half to tie the game.

After the game, PUMA athlete Tasha Kai commented on what it was like to play to come back to play against Sky Blue: “It was awesome…I was afraid I would get boo’d here but they welcomed me here with open arms, a lot of emotions.  I was nervous, excited, I had butterflies all day.  We struggled the first half but as strong a team as we are, we came back the second half and put two away.  We fought to the last minute; we needed to start off the game like we finished it.  I think we have a lot to work when we get back before next weekend, but we’ll take a point.  Go back home and fix what we need to fix.  We’re good enough to put in two.  I’ll take the blame, I need to be more dangerous in the box and not be afraid to shoot.  Coach told me it’s alright if I miss 50 as long as I keep shooting.  For me, the more I shoot the more, hopefully, goes in.  I need to mentally be stronger and take more responsibility in the box.”

Make sure to check back for more WPS action this coming weekend as the Independence take on magicJack and the Beat challenge Sky Blue on Saturday, while the Breakers host their home opener against Western New York on Sunday night.