No Shame in a Draw: the Sol-Athletica Battle

Shoy SloganContributor IApril 26, 2009

CARSON, CA - MARCH 29:  Fans watch as the Los Angeles Sol host the Washington Freedom in their inaugural WPS match at The Home Depot Center on March 29, 2009 in Carson, California. The Sol defeated the Freedom 2-0. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)


Without Marta, without Camille Abily, and without Han Duan, the Los Angeles Sol dealt the St. Louis Athletica a shutout...the same shutout they've dealt to all their opponents thus far into the campaign.

It would be incredible, except that the Athletica dealt the Sol the same shutout.

A first.

Team reps are billing this as a "tie"; a silly way to inject life into a "draw."
There's no shame in a draw.

This was a battle of the goalkeepers. With Karina LeBlanc (of Canadian national team fame) in for the Sol, and Hope Solo (of US national team infamy) in for the Athletica, both goals may as well have been brick walls. 

We're talking two PKs in the last 15 minutes of the game, one per team, both taken by Olympic gold-medalists, and both saved. That's right: both PKs were saved.


Think of it as a sign of more greatness to come.

With Caroline Jönnson dominating (I would write that in bold caps if it weren't poor form) with the Red Stars, and with Erin McLeod finally cleared to officially join the Freedom, we should be seeing incredible saves hit the highlight reels in droves.