to have come down to the teams' earlier meeting May 15. The Beat led that game 1 0, going a man up following a red card to Kia McNeill, but ended up losing 2 1 on their home turf.
and, in order to do that, it just takes time. They haven't been playing up top their whole life to solve problems instantly."
Since that point, Philadelphia has earned 19 points in seven games and is on top of the WPS standings after being as much as 12 points behind Western New York.
For the fourth straight game, the Beat failed to score and suffered a 1 0 loss to the Philadelphia Independence on Saturday at KSU Soccer Stadium.
"She did a fantastic job," Galanis said. "I'm proud of her. I'm definitely proud of the effort she put in (Saturday). If she didn't have a good game, then we would have lost by two or three goals."
offensive chances inside of Philadelphia's penalty box. For the night, the Beat finished with just four shots on goal.
Whitworth was challenged early Saturday and often and had to make several critical saves to keep the game close enough for the Beat to have a chance at tying it.
Beat dropped to 10th defeat
The Beat used a 4 3 3 formation, with rookie forward Meghan Lenczyk as the lone natural striker up top. Midfielders Kelly Parker, Lori Chalupny and Kacey White all rotated to the front, but none were able to create significant Air Max 2015 Navy
KENNESAW With just four games left in the season, there isn't much time left for the Atlanta Beat to figure out how to put the ball in the back of the net.
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On top of seeing the loss column reach double digits, Atlanta (1 10 3) also saw its goal differential sink to minus 20.
"We all kind of started slow in the first 15 minutes," Whitworth said. "We started with some, 'Oh my goodness, where am I kicking the ball right now?' moments from a lot of people, but we came together and we played well.
Though the game was scoreless through the first half, first place Nike Air Max Tavas Midnight Navy Philadelphia (8 2 3) controlled possession and outshot the Beat by a 3 to 1 margin. The Independence lead Women's Professional Soccer with a plus 13 goal differential.
In the 71st minute, Philadelphia cleared an Atlanta corner kick, then countered when Natasha Kai dribbled the ball from just outside her own penalty area to just outside of the Beat's penalty box with a 3 on 2 advantage.
"We just have to keep plugging away," Independence coach Paul Riley said. "I think we have to win every game to finish first. I hope Atlanta gets some upsets down the road just not against us. I think Atlanta is capable of beating a few teams down the road. I think they could be the party poopers in the league, and they could maybe ruin a magicJack or Sky Blue."
"We know it's not something that we are surprised about," Beat coach James Galanis said. "We know that we don't have any pure strikers. We're trying to convert midfielders into strikers Air Max 2015 Mens Colorways
Kai passed the ball to Sinead Farrelly, who then passed it to Veronica Boquete. Boquete beat Atlanta goalkeeper Alison Whitworth who earned the start after a game time decision by Galanis with a shot that hit off the crossbar over Whitworth's right shoulder and bounced in.
"We struggled in the final third, and the back line put us in some hard spots, but also some better spots with tackling and clearing the ball off the line. I had a couple of saves, but it was disappointing that we couldn't get one (goal) in."
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