- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 12, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
VILLANOVA, Pa. Erin Martin scored two goals and Kelly Smith added a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Charge beat the Washington Freedom 3-1 in front of 8,185 yesterday in the Women's United Soccer Association.
Martin was making her second appearance and first start of the season for Philadelphia (4-0-0). Martin, getting the starting nod in place of Marinette Pichon, who spent the week with the French national team but returned for the game, was the star. Her goal in the 22nd minute was Philadelphia's earliest tally in a game this year.
Smith increased her WUSA-record point-scoring streak to seven games.
Abby Wambach scored for Washington (2-3-0) after taking a feed from Pu Wei. Washington outshot Philadelphia 14-11 for the game.
The Charge played the final 19 minutes with 10 players after Erica Iverson was sent off for her second yellow card of the game.
The Charge's four straight wins are the longest streak in the two-year history of the WUSA.
Charge goalkeeper Melissa Moore kept her career-high four-game winning streak intact with a six-save performance and maintained her goals-against average of 1.00.
The Charge completed a two-game homestand undefeated, outscoring their opponents 7-3 over that span. For the season, the Charge have outscored their opposition 11-4.
Midfielder Lorrie Fair set up Martin's goal with a beautiful service from outside the box. The assist was the U.S. national team member's first point of the season.


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