CHICAGO – Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made four saves as the Red Stars fell to the North Carolina Courage 1-0 in their third match of the NWSL Challenge Cup. The Red Stars kept pace with the Courage, withstanding their counter-attack and mounting several attacking chances of their own throughout the game.
18’ – Samantha Mewis looked to open up the scoring with a long-range strike, but Alyssa Naeher got her hands to it for the save.
20’ – Kaelia Watt shrugged off the North Carolina defense and had a breakaway goal attempt, but the Courage’s defenders recovered in time to force a deflection into the hands of the keeper.
29’ – Bianca St. Georges came forward on the attack, cutting into the box looking for her first NWSL goal at the near post, but put the ball just over the bar.
81’ – Jailene Daniels lofts the ball into the center of the box, finding Abby Erceg who heads the ball off the top of the bar and into the net to take a late North Carolina lead.
The Chicago Red Stars will conclude their preliminary round games as the designated home team against Utah Royals FC next Sunday, July 12th at 9 p.m. CT.
North Carolina Courage vs Chicago Red Stars
July 5, 2020
Zions Bank Stadium (Herriman, UT)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
NC Courage 0 1 1
Chicago Red Stars 0 0 0
NC: Abby Erceg 81’ (Daniels)
CHI: GK Naeher, D Short, D Gorden, D Ertz, D St. Georges (Goralski 86’), M Colaprico (McCaskill 63’), M DiBernardo, M Goutrat, F Watt (Johnson 79’), F Nagasato (Doniak 79’), F Hill (Vasconcelos 79’)
NC: GK Rowland, D Daniels, D Erceg, D Dahlkemper, D Williams, M Debinha (Speck 84’), M O’Sullivan, M Mewis, M Hamilton (Mace 69’), F Williams, F Dunn (Milliet 69’)
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