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Freedom Move Into the Fourth and Final WPS Playoff Position

Women's Pro Soccer reports that the Washington Freedom currently  sit in the fourth and final position in the 2010 WPS Playoffs tonight  after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Sky Blue FC. Both teams played  with ferocity as they battled for the opportunity to extend their season  into the playoffs.

Freedom took to the field in pink jerseys provided  by WPS league sponsor PUMA® in support of Project Pink. Many of the  3,143 fans in attendance wore pink to show their support as well.  Project Pink, which is in conjunction with PUMA’s partnership with the  WPS, strives to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast  cancer.

First half action picked up in the 23rd minute when  Freedom’s Sonia Bompastor sent a defense-splitting kick to Abby  Wambach, who chested the ball down in front of the goal, but was not  able to score before Sky Blue FC’s defense made a stop. Play switched  sides of the field, and in the 30th minute, Sky Blue FC forward Tasha  Kai took advantage of a turnover and chipped a shot over Freedom  goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, making the game 1-0 in favor of Sky Blue FC.

Freedom had several scoring attempts toward the end  of the second half with tough saves made by Sky Blue FC substitute  goalkeeper Meghann Burke, who was brought in following a 32nd minute  injury to starting goalkeeper Jenni Branam.

In the 34th minute Wambach sent a shot from the  left corner high and wide. In the 40th minute, Freedom defender Becca  Moros beat Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Burke with a header that went just  wide. Freedom were able to maintain some possession in the Sky Blue FC  half, but were limited to just two shots on goal in the first half.

Freedom started the second half off strong with a  cross by Sarah Huffman to Wambach, whose header was pushed over the  crossbar by Burke in the 48th minute of play, followed by a short  Freedom corner kick that went out for a second corner, which was cleared  by a Sky Blue FC header.

In the 50th minute, Freedom earned another corner  kick after a long free kick was knocked out by Burke. Both teams  continued the half with fervor with collisions and intense play on both  ends of the field.

In the 75th minute, Wambach had a strong shot on  goal which was impressively saved by Burke followed by a corner kick  that was battled around in the box resulting in a penalty kick for  Freedom when Burke took down Wambach.  Wambach took her time, mentally  setting up for the penalty kick, which paid off as she shot the ball  into the upper left hand corner of the goal for an even score.

Sky Blue FC answered with a long free kick by Yael  Averbuch, which bounced dangerously past the far post and out for a goal  kick.  Wambach gave the Freedom the lead for good in the 84th minute,  receiving a through ball from Allie Long and banking the shot off the  post and into the goal.

In stoppage time, Huffman had a chance to finish  the game off, but Burke made a great one-on-one save. With the win,  Freedom move three points ahead of Sky Blue FC for the fourth and final  playoff spot. Sky Blue FC has three matches left, however, while Freedom  have two.

Sky Blue FC (7-10-4) host FC Gold Pride on  Wednesday, September 1 at 7 p.m while Freedom (7-8-7) travel to play the  Chicago Red Stars next Sunday, September 5 at 6 p.m ET. The game will  be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

Freedom concluded the regular season when they hosted the Atlanta Beat on Saturday, September 11 at 7 p.m.  The 1-0 win puts Freedom in fourth place, and gives them a place in the WPS playoffs which kick off next Sunday.

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