Spirit Edge Freedom 2-1
Aug. 10, 2003
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Christine Latham scored in the 58th minute and assisted on the quickest goal in San Diego's history to lift the Spirit past the Washington Freedom 2-1 Saturday.
Latham sent a crossing pass to Julie Fleeting, who scored her 11th goal of the season 1:23 into the game. The previous record for the Spirit's fastest goal was set by Zhang Ouying when she scored in the third minute against New York last season.
The Freedom rebounded to tie on a goal by Steffi Jones three minutes into the second half.
The Spirit (8-6-7) clinched third place in the WUSA, ahead of the Freedom (9-8-4). Both teams finished with 31 points in the standings, but the Spirit took the tiebreaker on the basis of a 2-1 edge in the season series.
Washington, which placed third a year ago, closed the regular season with two straight losses.
The Freedom had an apparent goal by Abby Wambach nullified in the 70th minute because of an offside call.
Fleeting finished the season one goal shy of matching the San Diego record for goals in one season, established by Shannon MacMillan in 2001.
The Spirit closed the regular season with a six-game home unbeaten streak.
San Diego set a club record for wins in one season, surpassing its 7-7-7 mark in 2001.