ATLANTA -- Margaret Tietjen scored the tying goal in the 40th minute and the New York Power denied the Atlanta Beat their second regular-season championship in three years with a 1-1 tie Sunday night.
Charmaine Hooper scored her 11th goal as the Beat (9-3-8) closed
the regular season with a five-game winless streak.
Atlanta, which last won on July 16, will be the second seed for
the WUSA playoffs and will host San Diego on Aug. 17. The Beat, who
failed to score more than one goal in each of its final six
regular-season games, were 1-0-2 against the Spirit in the regular
New York (7-9-5) also finished the season on a five-game winless
Needing a win to secure first place after Boston's victory at
San Jose, the Beat jumped ahead in the 13th minute when Hooper
scored off a header from Homare Sawa.
The Power, which finished in fifth place, tied it when Tietjen's
35-yard free kick sailed past Briana Scurry.
Atlanta, the only team to make the playoffs in each of the
league's first three years, missed two prime opportunities to
score. Hooper had a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time that
was tapped away by New York's Saskia Webber.
In the 67th minute, Conny Pohlers broke away, but her shot from
inside the 18-yard box rolled outside the left post.