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Rush Rally; Force Falters

July 5, 2010 | 8:49 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Second half scoring proved to be the salvation and the doom for Colorado’s W-League teams over the weekend.

The Colorado Rush fell behind early and rallied on two second-half goals to earn a point on the road. The Colorado Force took a 1-0 lead into halftime before surrending two second-half goals and falling on the road.

Battling Back: With 1,682 looking on in Vancouver, B.C., the hometown Whitecaps took a 2-0 first half lead on goals from Melissa Tancredi in the 12th minute and Jodi-Ann Robinson in the 30th.

The Rush roared back in the second half as Shu-o Tseng scored a brace, finding goals in the 48th and 51st minutes. Neither side was able to find a third goal as the two teams settled for the 2-2 draw.

With the tie, the Rush remain undefeated at 2-0-4 (10 points), good for second place in the Western Conference. Vancouver tops the conference at 5-0-3 (18 points).

Road Woes: Meanwhile, the Force fell to the host Santa Clarita Blue Heat 2-1.

The loss dropped Colorado’s record to 1-3-4, leaving the side with seven points in the Western Conference. For Santa Clarita, 1-4-1, it was a historic first-ever victory in its inaugural W-League season. Santa Clarita also found revenge for its 2-0 loss to Colorado the previous Saturday at Loveland Sports Park.

Colorado scored late in the first half when midfielder Erin Walter struck from just outside the penalty area, sending a shot into the top right hand corner of the goal. It was Walter’s second goal in two games after she scored Thursday night against the Pali Blues.

Next Up: The Force and the Rush return to the Front Range for back-to-back games. The Force and Rush meet at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Englewood High School, then finish the regular season at 7 p.m. on July 12 at Loveland Sports Park.

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