- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2002

The only thing hotter than the weather is the Washington Freedom and their coach.
On a stifling night, the Freedom moved into third place thanks to defender Emmy Barr's goal and assist in a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Beat last night before 6,578 at RFK Stadium.
Things got a little too hot for Freedom coach Jim Gabarra, who was ejected in the 53rd minute. He gets an automatic suspension for the Freedom's next game, July14 against the first-place Philadelphia Charge at RFK.
The Freedom (6-5-3), who topped .500 for the first time since June2001, have won four of their past five games.
Referee Sandra Hunt ejected Gabarra for berating fourth official Ken Kaplan. Gabarra said he was just trying to defend his team from the Beat's physical play and Hunt was doing nothing about it. Freedom midfielder Anne Makinen left the game with an ankle injury in the 20th minute after a dangerous tackle by Kylie Bivens of the Beat (6-6-1).
Makinen went to the hospital, and X-rays came back negative. She was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain.
"From the field, the referee informed [Gabarra] to return to the bench in the 46th minute, and at the 48th minute, the fourth official informed him to change his foul language and behave responsibly," Hunt said in a written statement. "In the 53rd minute, Coach Gabarra erupted at the referee crew with abusive, insulting and offensive language."
Said Gabarra: "I see [Carrie Moore] come off with a gash on her eye, and I see penalties missed, and I see a lot of physical play. When they got down 2-0, their whole game plan was to disrupt us with physical play."
Barr gave the Freedom an early 1-0 lead with her first WUSA goal in the 11th minute. She scored off a free kick from Makinen. From 20 yards out on the right wing, Makinen drove the ball along the goal line, and it sailed over the head of Beat goalkeeper Briana Scurry.
Barr, who was positioned behind Scurry on the goal line, jumped up and headed the ball into an open net. It took Barr 2,632 professional minutes to find the back of the net. Her father, Jim, pitched for the San Francisco Giants in the 1970s and '80s.
"My job is to get up and down the line on free kicks and corners and lose my marker. It felt great to score," Barr said. "[Scurry] was trying to come out and get the ball, and it went over her hands and it was right there."
The Freedom's oldest backline defender wasn't done. Eight minutes later, the 26-year-old Barr assisted Bai Jie's second goal of the season to give the home team an imposing 2-0 lead.
Rookie forward Abby Wambach played a ball into space in the left corner for Barr. From 30 yards out, the Freedom's left back struck a ball to the back post that curled away from Scurry, who tried to punch the ball away but missed. Bai fought off a Beat defender at the far post at the edge of the 6-yard box and headed Barr's cross down and into the net on a hop.
Scurry the starting goalkeeper for the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup championship team looked shaky in the early going despite stopping a Bai breakaway in the 39th minute to prevent a Freedom first-half rout.
Washington's 2-0 lead was cut in half in the 49th minute when Freedom defender Steffi Jones scored an own goal. Beat midfielder Nikki Serlenga took a free kick from 35 yards out, and Jones stuck out her right foot, deflecting the ball into the upper left corner to make it 2-1.
There was little Freedom goalkeeper Erin Fahey could do. Fahey, who made her first start of the season in place of injured Siri Mullinix, saved a penalty kick in the eighth minute that seemed to energize the Freedom. Barr scored three minutes later.
Hunt, who officiated a few games in Major League Soccer last season, whistled Freedom central defender Jennifer Grubb for pulling down Beat forward Charmaine Hooper in the penalty area. Hooper took the penalty kick and delivered a weak shot. Fahey read Hooper's direction perfectly, dove to her right and kept the game scoreless.
"You don't see her picking out the corner of the goal quite often," Fahey said. "I was pretty confident she wasn't going to hit too close to the pole, and I had a sense she was going to go to my right.

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