VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Venus James scored two goals and Birgit
Prinz had one to lead the Carolina Courage to a 3-1 victory over
the Philadelphia Charge on Saturday night.
Tiffany Roberts added two assists for Carolina (7-7-3), which
has won three of its last four. Goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill made
three saves and won her first game against Philadelphia in six
Emily Burt scored the only goal for Philadelphia (3-11-4), which
was officially eliminated from the playoff race. The Charge has
dropped five consecutive games and saw their winless streak
extended to eight games.
With the Courage trailing 1-0, Prinz tied the game in the 28th
minute with her 10th goal of the season. James gave the Courage the
lead for good on a header in the 62nd minute after Roberts
intercepted a clearing attempt and sent the ball into the goalmouth
James added a goal when she scored from the edge of the penalty
box in the 83rd minute.
Burt had given the Charge a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute when she
redirected a pass from Lorrie Fair.
Carolina won its first-ever game at Philadelphia in five
The Courage moved to within one point of the fourth and final
playoff spot in the standings. San Diego and New York are tied for
the spot with 25 points each.
The Charge missed the playoffs for the first time in their