Missed Penalty Kicks Highlight 0-0 Draw With Los Angeles

Athletica's Hope Solo saves the goal against LA Sol at the April 25th game hosted at SLU.

Missed opportunities were the story of the day Saturday afternoon at Hermann Stadium as Saint Louis Athletica played the Los Angeles Sol to a 0-0 draw in front 4, 228 fans.

The first missed chance went to the Sol and Aly Wagner. Wagner’s 73rd minute penalty was stopped by Hope Solo who dove to her right to cover and hold onto the shot just inside the post.

“I don’t think she struck it very well,” said Solo. “Nevertheless I was going to my right.”

The penalty was set up on a run from Katie Larkin. Larkin eluded Tina Ellertson and dribbled into the area. Ellertson in hustling to try and win the ball back was late on a slide tackle clipping Larkin’s back foot for the foul.

Following the penalty miss Athletica dashed to the other end of the field and Daniela nearly scored the first goal of the year as she pushed her shot wide to the left. Ashlee Pistorius provided the set up.

Ten minutes later it was Athletica’s turn at a penalty try. A flurry of chances inside the area resulted in a handball on Sol Defender Allison Falk. Ashlee Pistorius had the initial shot blocked and Eniola Aluko’s follow up effort came off the hand of Falk. Captain Lori Chalupny stepped up and drilled her penalty straight into Karina LeBlanc. Chalupny’s shot was right down the middle and LeBlanc barely moved as Athletica’s goal scoring drought continued.

“I didn’t hit it where I needed to and LeBlanc was right where I kicked it,” said Chalupny.  “That is the way the season has been going.”

“We have been working mostly on finishing in practice,” said Jorge Barcellos. “I think what is missing is us being calm and tranquil. I think the pressure to score is getting to them.”

The last best chance of the game came in the 89th minute when Angie Woznuk nearly gave Saint Louis a dramatic winner. Woznuk got to a second ball and put her shot toward the upper left hand corner only for Karina LeBlanc to make a spectacular save.

The first half had a familiar theme for Saint Louis, outshooting opponents yet failing to score.

Lori Chalupny nearly struck for the first goal of the season in the 13th minute. Kerri Hanks fed Chalupny a good ball just at the top of the penalty area. Chalupny turned and fired a low shot on the ground to the left. LeBlanc was able to reach it just before it crossed the line.

In the 16th minute Chalupny crossed from a corner and found Tina Ellertson unmarked. Ellertson’s header was high and well over the goal.

In the 28th minute Ellertson nearly struck again. A cross from Daniela found her unmarked at the right post. Ellertson decided to take the shot with her right foot instead of going for a header and ended up placing her shot over the bar.

At halftime Jorge Barcellos subbed in Sheree Gray for right back Niki Cross. Eight minutes later Barcellos introduced Eniola Aluko in to the game replacing Kerri Hanks.

The first best chance of the second half fell to Melissa Tancredi just inside the penalty area. Tancredi’s shot sailed well over and the scoreless streak continued.

Athletica remains winless at 0-2-1 while Los Angeles remains undefeated moving their record to 3-0-1.
Los Angeles Sol (3-0-1) at Saint Louis Athletica (0-2-1)
April 25, 2009 – Hermann Stadium, Saint Louis University
Scoring Summary:
LA - Penalty Miss: Wagner (73rd minute)
STL - Penalty Miss: Chalupny (83rd minute)
LA: 23 LeBlanc; Bock, Falk, Franko (Sari 77), Cox; Makoski, Miyami, Boxx, Wagner; Larkin, Welsh (Bogus 61)

STL: Solo; Cross (Gray 45), McNeill, Ellertson, Weber; Stoia, Chalupny, Daniela, Woznuk; Tancredi (Pistorius 71), Hanks (Aluko 53)
Misconduct Summary:
STL – Kia McNeill (caution) 42
STL - Daniela (caution) 45
LA - Miyami (caution) 55
LA - Boxx (caution) 85

Stats Summary:
Total Shots: LA – 8, STL-17
Shots on Goal: LA-4, STL-4
Saves: LeBLanc 4, Solo 3
Fouls: LA-10, STL-11
Corners: LA-3, STL-6
Offsides:  LA-2, STL-None
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Referee's Assistants: Mark Boyko, Kate Dziedzic
4th official: Shane Butler
time of game: 1:55
attendance: 4,228
weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 82 degrees

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