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Win puts Flash in first place; Marta scores a pair

With a pair of goals from Marta, the Western New York Flash earned a 2-0 win over the Atlanta Beat at KSU Soccer Stadium and took sole possession of first place in the Women's Professional Soccer standings on Saturday night.

Marta scored in the 10th minute to give the Flash an early, 1-0 lead. Christine Sinclair set up Marta in the 41st minute for a 2-0 halftime lead.

Ashlyn Harris faced five shots in recording her fourth shutout of the season. Harris entered the game leading WPS with a 1.13 goals against average.

Sinclair continues to lead the league in scoring with 10 goals and seven assists in 13 games. Marta's seven goals in 12 games ranks fifth.

The Flash improved to 11-2-3, for 36 points -- ahead of Philadelphia (10-3-3, 33 points) with the Independence hosting Sky Blue tonight.

Philadelphia won the regular season series between the teams. While the Flash won, 2-1, on May 29, the Independence won the next two games, 1-0 and 2-1.

With 37 goals on the season, WNY remains the highest scoring team in the league, with Philadelphia netting 28 goals.

Next up for the Flash is a match against magicJack in Boca Raton, Fla., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. With a 2-0 win over Boston on Saturday, magicJack improved to 8-6-2 for 25 points and third place in the six-team league.

Abby Wambach scored both goals for magicJack, giving her nine goals in 10 WPS games this season.

The Flash will close out the regular season at home on Aug. 14, hosting Atlanta at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester at 6 p.m.

The team has already secured a spot in the WPS playoffs, which begin on Aug. 17. While the regular season champion has not won the WPS title previously, first place has distinct advantages. The regular season champion advances directly into the WPS Championship Game, scheduled for Aug. 27.