CHICAGO – The Red Stars fell in a 1-2 heartbreaker against the Reign after Seattle scored two goals in the final three minutes to take three points. Forward Jen Hoy earned her first goal of the season, while goalkeeper Michele Dalton tallied her first appearance and start of 2017.
With little action going on in the first half, it was Chicago who capitalized with multiple shots toward goal. Christen Press picked up a poor backline pass by Seattle, driving into the box for a shot, but Reign goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer dove for the save.
The game began to open up in the 23rd minute as Red Stars defender Taylor Comeau skillfully made her way to the top of the 18-yard box. With a perfectly chipped ball into the box, Hoy headed the ball past Kopmeyer to take the 1-0 lead for Chicago.
Seattle narrowly equalized just before halftime as the Reign’s captain Jess Fishlock entered the box with the ball. Fishlock would hit it over the backline leaving Christine Nairn with a wide open shot, but she soared the shot over the cross bar, leaving the Red Stars with a 1-0 lead into half.
As the second half unfolded, Chicago continued to press high up the field. Midway through, Sofia Huerta found a set of shots on goal with the first one parried away by Kopmeyer, following it up with a shot just wide and skimming the far post.
The Reign was not ready to give up as they came from behind with two last minute goals by Nahomi Kawasumi and Katlyn Johnson that finished the game in a 1-2 Chicago defeat. The loss marked the first time the Red Stars have lost back-to-back at Toyota Park and the first loss against Seattle at home.
The Red Stars will end their three games in a 10-day home stretch when they take on FC Kansas City on Sunday, Aug. 20. The match is set to kick off at 5 p.m. CT at Toyota Park. Tickets for Aug. 20 are available here.
– CHICAGO RED STARS MATCH REPORT –
MATCH: Chicago Red Stars vs. Seattle Reign FC
DATE: August 16, 2017
VENUE: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
KICKOFF: 7 p.m. CT
WEATHER: 68 degrees, mostly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
CHI 1 0 1
SEA 0 2 2
CHI – Jen Hoy (Taylor Comeau) 23’
SEA – Nahomi Kawasumi (Rumi Utsugi) 90’
SEA – Katlyn Johnson (Merritt Mathias) 90+2’
Chicago Red Stars Lineup: 18-Michele Dalton; 3-Arin Gilliland, 6-Casey Short, 8-Julie Ertz, 7-Taylor Comeau; 13-Morgan Proffitt, 24-Danielle Colaprico, 11-Sofia Huerta, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo (9-Stephanie McCaffrey, 87); 2-Jen Hoy (4-Alyssa Mautz, 62), 23-Christen Press (capt.)
Substitutes: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 5-Katie Naughton, 12-Yuki Nagasato, 14-Sarah Gorden, 30-Lauren Kaskie
Head Coach: Rory Dames
Seattle Reign FC Lineup: 28-Haley Kopmeyer; 16-Carson Pickett, 4-Rachel Corsie, 3-Lauren Barnes, 13-Rebekah Stott; 10-Jessica Fishlock (capt.), 2-Christine Nairn (18-Larissa Crummer, 76), 6-Lindsay Elston (33-Katlyn Johnson, 46), 5-Kiersten Dallstream (9-Merritt Mathias, 68); 20-Rumi Utsugi, 36-Nahomi Kawasumi
Substitutes: 17-Beverly Yanez, 19-Kristen McNabb, 24-Madalyn Schiffel, 26-Madeline Bauer
Head Coach: Laura Harvey
Stats Summary: CHI/SEA
Shots on Goal: 8/4
Corner Kicks: 4/7
SEA – Christine Nairn (caution) 74’
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Asst. Referees: Jeffrey Skinner, Jeffrey Swartzel
4th Official: Calin Radosav