CARSON, Calif. -- Heather O'Reilly scored early and Sky Blue FC from New Jersey hung on to win the first Women's Professional Soccer championship, 1-0 over the 10-woman Los Angeles Sol on Saturday.
In the 16th minute, Natasha Kai's glancing header off Keeley Dowling's right-wing cross fell to O'Reilly, whose 8-yard shot deflected off diving Sol goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc.
Los Angeles was reduced to 10 when defender Allison Falk was sent off for tripping Kai from behind in the 27th minute.
Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Jenni Branam finished with four saves in her second consecutive playoff shutout.
The New Jersey-based team fell to last place early in the season, used three different coaches and made the playoffs by one point before winning three games in eight days for the title.
The Sol won the regular-season championship, led WPS in fewest goals allowed and finished second in goals scored.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press