CHICAGO – The Red Stars battled to a 1-1 draw on the road against the Washington Spirit. Alyssa Mautz tallied her third goal of the season, while both Julie Ertz and Sam Kerr saw their season debuts tonight.
Starting off slow, the Red Stars fell early on in the fourth minute as Francisca Ordega gave Washington the lead. But despite being down, the Red Stars took control for the rest of the first half.
Chicago found the equalizer after a Sam Kerr shot was deflected and fell to the feet of Alyssa Mautz to draw the game in the 20th minute.
Between Chicago and Washington, each team earned several counter attacks, but none were good enough to get the go-ahead goal. The Red Stars finished the half with eight shots to the Spirit’s three, while also earning majority of possession in the first half.
In the second half, Chicago held much of the possession, creating multiple chances inside the box as Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz also made her season debut coming on the field in the final 15 minutes of the match.
Despite Chicago’s eight shots, the Red Stars nor the Spirit could find the game winner, ending the match in a 1-1 draw.
The Red Stars will return to Toyota Park for their second midweek game on Wednesday, May 2, to take on the Orlando Pride for the first time this season. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on NWSL app and go90 app. Tickets are available here.
– CHICAGO RED STARS MATCH REPORT –
MATCH: Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit
DATE: April 28, 2018
VENUE: Maureen Hendricks Field; Germantown, Maryland
KICKOFF: 6:00 p.m. CT
WEATHER: 62 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
CHI 1 0 1
WAS 1 0 1
WAS – Francisca Ordega (Mallory Pugh) 4’
CHI – Alyssa Mautz 20’
Chicago Red Stars Lineup: 1-Alyssa Naeher (capt.); 3-Arin Gilliland, 16-Sam Johnson, 5-Katie Naughton, 7-Taylor Comeau; 24-Danielle Colaprico, 2-Nikki Stanton (8-Julie Ertz, 74), 12-Yuki Nagasato, 11-Sofia Huerta; 20-Sam Kerr, 4-Alyssa Mautz (15-Michele Vasconcelos, 62)
Substitutes: 13-Lauren Kaskie, 14-Sarah Gorden, 19-Summer Green, 21-Emily Boyd
Head Coach: Rory Dames
Washington Spirit Lineup: 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 3-Caprice Dydasco, 24-Estelle Johnson (capt.), 5-Whitney Church, 7-Taylor Smith; 23-Tori Huster (15-Joanna Lohman, 84), 6-Andi Sullivan, 8-Meggie Dougherty Howard; 14-Francisca Ordega (9-Havana Solaun, 77), 33-Ashley Hatch, 11-Mallory Pugh
Substitutes: 4-Rebecca Quinn, 12-Morgan Proffitt, 17-Cali Farquharson, 19-Kelsey Wys, 88-Tiffany Weimer
Head Coach: Jim Gabarra
Stats Summary: CHI / WAS
Shots on Goal: 4/3
Corner Kicks: 9/4
CHI – Alyssa Mautz (caution) 56’
CHI – Yuki Nagasato (caution) 83’
CHI – Sam Kerr (caution) 90+2’
Referee: Daniel Gutierrez
Asst. Referee: Walter Heatherly, Joe Zawistowski
4th Official: Karl Kummer