Western New York Flash forward Marta helped her team to the Regular Season Championship title, scoring her tenth goal of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Beat on Sunday, en route to earning her third consecutive PUMA Golden Boot award just ahead of Christine Sinclair, Tasha Kai, and Abby Wambach.
On the final day of the regular season, the Boston Breakers (5-9-4) got a pair of goals from Lauren Cheney in a 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC to clinch the fourth and final spot in the WPS Playoffs.
Lauren Cheney’s goal Sunday is not only fastest in WPS history (14 seconds), it’s quickest goal in U.S. Soccer history. The previous record was Heather O’Reilly (40 seconds in 2008 Olympics vs. New Zealand). Yael Averbuch holds NCAA record (4 seconds in 2006 for UNC). Cheney ranks second in professional soccer (women’s and men’s). Dwayne De Rosario (San Jose) scored in 11 seconds in 2003 MLS game vs. Dallas
Women’s Professional Soccer concluded the regular season on a high note.
The Breakers now turn their attention to magicJack, their WPS First Round opponent. The two teams face each other Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. The game will be televised live on Fox Soccer and via live webcast.
Bolstered by the popularity of the World Cup, the struggling league enjoyed an 89 percent increase in attendance over the final 18 matches to lift its final average to 3,518. The figure for the first 36 games was 2,714, but 5,126 since the World Cup concluded in mid-July.