For the first 119 minutes and change, Amy Rodriguez missed more easy chances than anyone was able to keep track of.
But in the very last seconds of the second extra time period, Rodriguez finally found the back of the net. Her goal was the only one of the day, and it gave the Independence a 1-0 win over the Washington Freedom in the opening round of the Women's Professional Soccer playoffs at Farrell Stadium in West Chester.
There was plenty of back-and-forth action, though the very narrow pitch (65 yards at most) meant that the midfields were fairly constrained. Philadelphia had most of the possession and chances in the 90 minutes of regulation. Freedom goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a couple of nice saves, but Rodriguez also missed a few times from close range. She also hit the post with the net wide open late in the second half.
Washington had a few chances, though on the whole the Independence's defense did a good job of container star Freedom striker Abby Wambach. She was rarely open in the box, and was often trapped farther up the field with her back to goal.