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Pali Blues edge by Rush

July 9, 2012 | 9:32 am No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The Colorado Rush made a brave try at derailing the Pali Blues machine but came up short on Sunday as the California side slipped past the visitors 2-0.

With the win, the Pali Blues improved to 12-0-1 on the season. Colorado Rush fell to 5-4-3 and third place in the division with two games remaining.

With one game left in the regular season, the Blues know who they will face in the Western Conference championship match: Seattle Sounders, who are seven points ahead of the Rush and have secured second place in the conference.

The Rush started the game pressing forward but couldn’t make the breakthrough. The Blues came into the game and got on the scoreboard when Sarah Huffman stole the ball and passed to Lynn Williams who turned and blasted a shot from about 35 yards out. Rush goalkeeper Lauren Johnston was off her line and had no chance to save the blast.

The Blues settled into the match after the goal and saw most of the ball for the rest of the first half. The next big chance for Pali came in the 38th minute when Williams served a cross into the penalty area where Huffman and Danielle Hubka were running in. Hubka was there to settle it and take a shot that went just wide.

The teams headed into the locker rooms with the Blues up 1-0.

The Blues wasted no time trying to extend the lead in the second half. Five minutes in, captain Christie Shaner headed a ball wide of the goal, and moments later Williams tried to poke in a loose ball in the area but Johnston made a big save to keep it out.

Next Up: The Rush return home to Valor Christian Stadium for two games. The Rush face the Colorado Rapids Women on Wednesday night before finishing the season against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

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