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April 27, 2010 > Dew heads the Pride in the right direction

Dew heads the Pride in the right direction

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

It wasn't exactly your prototypical soccer match for FC Gold Pride. But with the talent that this club can put out there each week, they don't have to play their best to come out on the winning side.

Gold Pride played a sluggish game, picking up the play in the final five minutes, culminating with a Carrie Dew goal in the 88th minute, giving the pride a 2-1 win over the expansion Atlanta Beat on Saturday, May 1, in front of 3,002 fans at Castro Valley High School Athletic Stadium.

FC Gold Pride scored a goal in the first 10 minute of play, played 80 minutes of lackadaisical soccer against the Atlanta Beat, then scored in the final minutes, winning a hard-fought, ugly game, 2-1, in front of their home fans at Castro valley High School Athletic Stadium on Saturday night.

"The way things are in (WPS), I will take an ugly win," said FC Gold Pride coach Albertin Montoya, "because three points goes a long way."

Kiki Bosio took a throw-in and did her patented flip throw (which gets "oohs" and "ahhs" from fans each time she does it) which sailed into the six-yard box. Ali Riley, who was suffering from flu-like symptoms, tracked down the loose ball by the far post and sent it back across where Dew headed it home past Beat - and former Pride - keeper Allison Whitworth.

"Kiki's flip throw is so dangerous. It's basically a corner kick," said Dew. "So we just threw numbers in there and were able to get a goal out of that."

"Her confidence is growing," said Montoya of Dew's play. "We gave her more freedom to go forward this weekend.

"Last year balls weren't bouncing our way," Montoya added. "This year (knock on wood), they are."

Dew's goal came 78 minutes after Tiffeny Milbrett opened the scoring for the Pride in the 10th minute.

With all the play lopsided on the Pride's right side, Kelley O'Hara made a quick switch of fields, playing it to center midfielder Camille Abily, who turned and sent a through ball to Milbrett in space. Milbrett got behind the defense with only Whitworth to beat and she didn't disappoint, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead.

Milbrett was in the starting lineup because of the absence of Christine Sinclair, who was away with the Canadian National Team taking on China in the Far East. Also missing the game was Candace Chapman, who joined Sinclair with the Canadian team.

"It's always nice to get minutes in there and to do your job for the team and that's putting the ball in the back of the net," said Milbrett. "Nothing gives you a greater sense of satisfaction."

Gold Pride upped itself over the .500 mark, improving to 2-1 on the season, totaling six points and a temporary hold on first place, going into Sunday's games. Atlanta fell to 0-2-1 with the loss, and remain in the WPS basement with one point.

"We wanted to go for it and try and get three points," said Beat coach Gareth O'Sullivan, whose team has played all three of its games thus far on the road. "We had some chances but didn't put them away and got punished at the end."

Monica Ocampo took advantage of a sloppy clearance by Barnhart in the 25th minute. Barnhart's clearance went to right to the Angie Kerr of the Beat, who knocked it back toward the box, where Ocampo split Rachel Buehler and Carrie Dew and slid a shot by Barnhart, knotting the game at 1-1.

One minute into the second half, Kandace Wilson showed off her speed, tracking 15-plus yards to catch Ocampo and wrestle the ball off her foot and away from danger.

"Her speed is definitely an asset for us," said Barnhart. "If it looks like they are in behind (the defense), she's able to track back and win balls that probably other people wouldn't be able to."

Gold Pride got its first real chance at net of the second half in the 62nd minute. On a broken play, Marta took the ball just outside the Beat 18-yard box and flipped a ball targeted for Dew's head, which she buried, beating Whitworth. Dew's header, however, sailed over the net.

Dew had another header nearly go in for the Pride off a corner served in by Marta in the 81st minute, but it was just barely nicked by the fingertips of Whitworth and over the crossbar for another corner which the Pride couldn't capitalize on.

Gold Pride travels to New Jersey to take on Sky Blue FC in a rematch from week two; Atlanta continues its road trip, heading to West Chester, Pennsylvania, to take on the Philadelphia Independence. Both games kick off at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 1. Gold Pride returns home to take on the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, May 8. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at CVHS Athletic Stadium.

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