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September 17, 2023

Red Stars Tie Against Angel City 2-2 in Front of Record Crowd

After staging a massive second half comeback, the Chicago Red Stars split points with Angel City FC in a 2-2 draw. The World Cup Welcome Back match saw the second largest crowd in club history, with 8,961 in attendance. 

 

KEY MOMENTS: 

3’ Tierna Davidson connects with Ella Stevens, who makes a run up the left flank before crossing to Yuki Nagasato. Nagasato lures out LA keeper DiDi Hiračić and rockets a shot through the keeper’s legs that ultimately goes wide. 

 

16’ Davidson sees another opportunity on the Chicago press and serves up a pass to Casey Krueger. Krueger crosses to St-Georges in the box, whose shot deflects for another chance by Nagasato, but Angel City sends the ball out. 

 

21’ Penelope Hocking receives a pass in the attacking third and sends it to St-Georges in the wing. St-Georges crosses to Stevens, who gets a header off, but the shot is just barely saved by Hiračić’s glove. 

 

39’ Angel City earns a corner kick about 12 yards outside the box, which is sent in and bounces around before finding the back of the net after Alyssa Naeher is unable to recover from a previous save, 0-1 Angel City 

 

45+3’ Another free kick for Angel City is given near the same spot as the previous lead up to LA’s goal. A shot is again sent in from the box, but Naeher plucks it out of the air to shut down Angel City. 

 

46’ A quick start from Angel City ends in a close shot that is batted away by a diving Naeher to keep the score 0-1 for LA. 

 

68’ After receiving a pass up the middle, Cheyna Matthews rockets off a shot which is saved before deflecting back to Ava Cook, who launches a laser that Angel City can’t stop to even the score, 1-1 

 

71’ A cross into Chicago’s 18-yard box by Angel City’s forward finds another attacker who finishes the shot attempt to give LA the lead again, 1-2 

 

75’ Ally Schlegel wins a battle and serves up a pass to Cheyna Matthews, who beats her defender and nestles the ball in the lower left corner of the net before Hiračić can get a glove on it, 2-2 

 

81’ Angel City takes another crack at goal from outside the box, but a diving Alyssa Naeher bats the ball away to clear the danger 

 

90+4’ A throw in brings Angel City into the right side of the box and a cross allows LA to get a shot off from the center, but Alyssa Naeher steps up to the challenge with one last save to end the match 

 

 

GAME NOTES: 

  • Ava Cook’s second-half goal against Angel City is the forward’s third goal against the Los Angeles side this season  
  • Cheyna Matthews’ goal in the second half is the forward’s first goal as a Chicago Red Star. Matthews earned an assist earlier in the season, when the veteran took a shot that ricocheted off of Kansas City’s goalkeeper and was officially recorded as an own goal 
  • This is the Red Stars’ second game against Angel City where the Chicago side scored two goals against an LA side that has not allowed two goals against them since June 10 against the Washington Spirit 
  • Tonight’s official attendance was 8,961 making it the second largest stand-alone match for the club 

 

Next Game 

Chicago Red Stars vs. Racing Louisville FC September 30, 2023, 7:00 p.m. CT at SeatGeek Stadium 

 

Goals by Half  

          1 2 F 

CHI 0 2 2 

LA 1 1 2  

 

Scoring Summary: 

CHI: 68’ Ava Cook, 75’ Cheyna Matthews
LA: 39’ Ali Riley, 71’ Jun Endo (Emslie) 

 

Disciplinary Report 

CHI:  

LA: 47’ Sarah Gorden, 76’ Ali Riley 

 

Lineups 

CHI: Alyssa Naeher, Tatumn Milazzo, Tierna Davidson, Arin Wright, Casey Krueger, Cari Roccaro, Julia Bianchi, Yuki Nagasato (Matthews), Ella Stevens (Schlegel), Bianca St-Georges (Bike), Penelope Hocking (Cook) 

LA: DiDi Haračić, Ali Riley, Sarah Gorden, Paige Nielsen, M.A. Vignola, Madison Hammond, Amandine Henry (Thompson), Savannah McCaskill (LeRoux), Claire Emslie (Johnson), Clarisse Le Bihan, Scarlett Camberos (Endo)

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