CHICAGO – The Red Stars remain undefeated at home after a late equalizer by Christen Press for a 1-1 draw against the Boston Breakers.
Chicago narrowly started the game with a goal in the first ten minutes as captain Press split two defenders with a pass to Sofia Huerta, who shot the ball just over the crossbar.
Moments later, Vanessa DiBernardo lofted a perfect corner kick to the top of the six-yard box that found Casey Short on a header, but the ball headed just wide of the far post.
In the 20th minute, Huerta stole the ball on the side flank, running it toward the end line. Crossing it into the box, a Boston defender was there for a sliding save to give Chicago another corner kick.
Boston countered minutes later as Adriana Leon received the ball inside the box, trying to chip it over Alyssa Naeher, but the Chicago goalkeeper came off her line to deflect the ball out of danger.
In the 32nd minute, midfielder Rose Lavelle dribbled the ball down the field, getting around Chicago defenders, and struck the ball, but defender Sam Johnson made her way in front of the shot to deflect it. The first half ended in a scoreless draw.
Right out of halftime, DiBernardo received a reflected ball at the top of the box, and was able to get a shot off toward goal, only to be tipped out by Boston goalkeeper Abby Smith.
Boston took the lead in the 69th minute as a deflected shot fell straight to the feet of Lavelle, who placed the ball perfectly in the lower far post past a diving Naeher.
Chicago saw a glimpse of hope in the 77th minute when Boston goalkeeper Smith picked up a pass from one of her defenders, earning the Red Stars an indirect kick nearly eight yards away from the goal line. Press stood over the ball as Boston’s entire eleven lined up on the goal line. The indirect shot from Press struck a Boston player and it bounced out of the box.
With time winding down, Naeher scrambled to save a loose ball and immediately drop kicked it down the field to a running Press. After a failed attempt to clear it, the ball deflected off a Boston defender to the feet of Press, who found room to strike the ball, but it went just over the crossbar.
However, the game wasn’t quite over yet. In the 89th minute, Huerta crossed a perfect ball into the box as Press made a run behind her defender and headed it past Smith who was caught off guard, marking Press’ first goal of the season.
“We were out coached,” said head coach Rory Dames. “I need to do a better job of getting our players ready for the upcoming match. Credit to the players for bailing me out at the end.”
The Red Stars take on North Carolina Courage on May 21, at 3 p.m. CT at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Chicago returns to host the Courage on May 27 at 3 p.m. CT at Toyota Park. Tickets to the home match are available here.
– CHICAGO RED STARS MATCH REPORT –
MATCH: Chicago Red Stars vs. Boston Breakers
DATE: May 14, 2017
VENUE: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
KICKOFF: 5 p.m. CT
WEATHER: 62 degrees, mostly sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
CHI 0 1 1
BOS 0 1 1
BOS – Rose Lavelle 69’
CHI – Christen Press (Sofia Huerta) 89’
Chicago Red Stars Lineup: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 3-Arin Gilliland, 5-Katie Naughton, 16-Samantha Johnson (2-Jen Hoy, 74), 6-Casey Short; 8-Julie Ertz, 24-Danielle Colaprico, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo (19-Summer Green, 66); 11-Sofia Huerta, 9-Stephanie McCaffrey (4-Alyssa Mautz, 46), 23-Christen Press (capt.)
Substitutes: 7-Taylor Comeau, 14-Sarah Gorden, 18-Michele Dalton, 30-Lauren Kaskie
Head Coach: Rory Dames
Boston Lineup: 14-Abby Smith; 8-Julie King (capt.), 4-Megan Oyster, 17-Amanda Frisbie (21-Margaret Purce, 46), 2-Allysha Chapman; 20-Christen Westphal, 26-Angela Salem, 10-Rosie White (5-Amanda DaCosta, 72), 11-Rose Lavelle; 19-Adriana Leon (3-Brooke Elby, 83), 9-Natasha Dowie
Substitutes: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 20-Christen Westphal, 22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 25-Morgan Andrews, 30-Kylie Strom
Head Coach: Matt Beard
Stats Summary: CHI / BOS
Shots on Goal: 5/4
Corner Kicks: 6/3
BOS – Julie King (caution) 73’
Referee: Luis Guardia
Asst. Referees: Gjovalin Bori, Rachel Smith
4th Official: Alex Beehler