Aug. 20, 2009
CARSON, Calif. - Allison Falk, the former Stanford captain who gained notoriety as the player who scored the first goal in Women's Professional Soccer history, will play for its championship as well.
Falk is a defender for the Los Angeles Sol, which will take on Sky Blue FC in the first WPS final Saturday at 1 p.m. The match will be televised live on Comcast Bay Area from the Home Depot Center.
Falk was a second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection as a senior central defender and co-captain for Stanford in 2008, leading the Cardinal to the NCAA College Cup semifinals.
She was acquired by the Sol with the third pick of the second round (10th overall) and started 16 regular-season matches. Falk scored the first goal in league history when she outjumped a crowd of Washington Freedom defenders in the penalty area to head in a free kick from Japanese national team star Aya Miyama six minutes into the league's first match.
WPS, the first-year seven-team league, was founded by former Stanford standout Tonya Antonucci, who also serves as the league's commissioner. Antonucci twice led the Cardinal in goals, in 1986 and 1987.