Chicago Scores 3 in Mother’s Day Win Against North Carolina  

Second win of the season has Chicago jumping to third in NWSL standings 

 CHICAGO – The Chicago Red Stars beat the North Carolina Courage for the first time since the 2017 NWSL regular season with a 3-1 victory. Forward Sam Kerr notched a brace with the first and last goals of the match, and the international connection was on full display as the Red Stars struck early on a goal by Kerr, assisted by Yuki Nagasato. Michele Vasconcelos got her second goal of the season to put the Red Stars ahead at the half.  Goalkeeper Emily Boyd posted four saves and two punches for Chicago to win her first of the season after facing 16 shots from the Courage. 

 Key Moments  

 13th Minute: The international connection is electric again as Nagasato threaded a ball to Kerr who slides it past goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland for the opening goal of the game.  

33rd Minute: Forward Lynn Williams equalizes for North Carolina off a shot from up top by defender Merritt Mathias. 

40th Minute: Kerr heads a ball to Michele Vasconcelos, and the forward battles off Courage defenders and fires a shot from 20 yards out, sneaking it through the edge of the goal and regain the lead for the Red Stars.  

 73rd Minute: Debinha was able to beat Chicago defenders to the ball for a header just yards from goal, but Boyd was able to react quickly and parry the ball away. North Carolina attempted to cross the ball towards goal only for Boyd to eliminate the danger.  

90th Minute + 3: It’s a two-for-one deal as Kerr beats defenders Cari Roccaro and Abby Erceg to send her brace-completing goal over Rowland’s shoulder, sealing Chicago’s win with a backflip.  

Next Game  

Chicago is on the road again to take on the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, May 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. CT. 

Chicago Red Stars vs. North Carolina Courage 

May 12, 2019 

SeatGeek Stadium (Bridgeview, IL) 

Goals by Half                         1  2  F 

Chicago Red Stars                2  1  3        

North Carolina Courage       1  0  1 

Scoring Summary: 

CHI: Kerr (Nagasato), 13’ 

NC: Williams (Mathias), 33 

CHI: Vasconcelos (Kerr), 40’ 

CHI: Kerr, 90’ + 3 

Misconduct Summary: 

CHI – Yellow Card: Stanton (72’) 

NC – Yellow Card: Pruitt (80’) 

Lineups 

CHI: GK Boyd, D Short, D Naughton, D Gorden, D Wright, M Stanton, M Colaprico, M DiBernardo © (Szczesny, 90’ + 4), M Vasconcelos (Sanchez, 66’), F Nagasato (Elby, 75’), F Kerr 

NC: GK Rowland, D Erceg ©, D Mathias, D Hinkle, D Roccaro, M Zerboni, M O’Sullivan, M Debinha, F Williams, F Spetsmark (Pruitt, 58’), F Hamilton (Williams, 75’) 

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.