SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It was feast and famine as the Bay Area CyberRays defeated the Philadelphia Charge 3-0 Wednesday in the WUSA. The CyberRays scored a season-high three goals while shutting out their opponents for the fourth straight game.
"It's all about finishing, and tonight we finished," said
CyberRays coach Ian Sawyers. "I thought, 'If we could get some
momentum, we could put the ball away.' We responded in the first 15
minutes of the second half."
Katia, the CyberRays quick-footed forward, scored her teams
first goal off a crossing pass from midfielder Christina Bell in
the game's 48th minute. The goal was Katia's second of the season
and her first since April 29.
The CyberRays scored again two minutes later when midfielder
Brandi Chastain sent a long pass downfield to forward Julie Murray.
Charge goalkeeper Melissa Moore came out of the box to block the
ball but slid past Murray, who fired from 10 yards out for the
Murray had a repeat performance in the 76th minute, firing a
shot from the right side 16 yards out past the diving Moore and
into the open net. Teammate Sissi got the assist.
"That's the kind of goal I mentally rehearsed the last 10
years. You can practice that shot a thousand times and only get it
in once every 15 matches," Murray said of her fourth goal of the
season. "I'm happy to finally put away some necessary goals for
Philadelphia's best scoring opportunity came in the 24th minute
when defender Jen Tletjen crossed the ball to midfielder Mandy
Clemens, who headed the ball toward the goal. CyberRays goalkeeper
LaKeysia Beene knocked the ball down and defender Brandi Chastain
kicked it away. The Charge (5-4-2) remain in third place.
Beene's four-game shutout streak established a new WUSA record.
She's gone 437 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. The
Atlanta Beat was the last team to score off Beene on May 27.
The victory allowed the CyberRays (4-4-2) to jump into a
fourth-place tie with the Washington Freedom. However, Washington
still holds the tiebreaker edge since it defeated the CyberRays
earlier this season.