CHICAGO – Red Stars midfielder Alyssa Mautz kept Adelaide United’s hopes alive with a second-half equalizer to end the match with a 1-1 draw against Melbourne City FC.
City took the lead in the first half after Ashley Hatch’s header in the 14th minute, assisted by Rebekah Stott. The match continued with possession being shared between the two teams.
With less than 20 minutes remaining in the match, Adelaide equalized, Jenna McCormick’s corner kick found the head of Mautz to tie the game in the 73rd minute. The goal was Mautz’ first in her two-year stint in the W-League.
Despite a tied game in the final minutes, the match was nearly given to Melbourne City after a penalty kick was awarded. City forward Kyah Simon stepped up, but United’s goalkeeper Sarah Willacy guessed correctly and saved the crucial shot.
The draw broke Adelaide’s two-game losing streak and bumped them up in the ladder to seventh place with four points.
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Red Stars Stats:
Danielle Colaprico (Adelaide United) – 90 minutes
Alyssa Mautz (Adelaide United) – 90 minutes, goal
Katie Naughton (Adelaide United) – 90 minutes