The Chicago Red Stars served the Kansas City Current their first loss in 13 games with a 4-0 win at SeatGeek Stadium. Chicago’s Tatumn Milazzo and Mallory Pugh both scored in the first nine minutes of the game to give the Red Stars an early lead, followed by goals from Pugh again and Amanda Kowalski in the second half. The Red Stars gained three points, putting them ahead of OL Reign in the fifth spot in the NWSL rankings.
5’ An early opportunity presents itself for Tatumn Milazzo off of a Mallory Pugh corner kick, bouncing in and giving the Red Stars an early lead
7’ Pugh breaks away from Kansas City’s defense at midfield, avoiding several defenders and Kansas City’s goal keeper to score the second Red Stars goal
22’ Kansas City’s Claire Lavogez takes a shot on net but Alyssa Naeher blocks the attempt
45+2’ Late in the first half, Bianca St-Georges has an opportunity from inside the box to widen the lead, but the shot goes just high of the net
47’ Claire Lavogez takes a free kick that almost connects with the net, but Alyssa Naeher puts herself in between the net and the ball
59’ Pugh dodges a Kansas City defender for her second breakaway, launching a shot right into the back of the net
71’ Amanda Kowalski jumps above the Current’s defense to place a header into the net off of a corner kick from Pugh
Mallory Pugh’s two goals against the Current put her at 10 goals in the NWSL regular season. She is fourth in the league for goals scored, behind San Diego’s Alex Morgan (15), North Carolina’s Diana Ordoñez (11), and Portland’s Sophia Smith (11).
The Red Stars ended Kansas City’s 13-game unbeaten streak, which has extended since the end of May. This also was the end of a five-game win streak on the road for the Current, and was a much needed three points for the Red Stars as the regular season enters the final stretch.
Rachel Hill made her 100th NWSL appearance, once again making a strong impact for the Red Stars. She ranked in the top five Red Stars in shots, chances created, crosses attempted and touches.
Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash September 17, 7:00 p.m. CT at SeatGeek Stadium
Goals by Half
1 2 F
CHI 2 2 4
KCC 0 0 0
CHI: 5’ Tatumn Milazzo, 7’ Mallory Pugh (Morse), 59’ Mallory Pugh, 72’ Amanda Kowalski (Pugh)
CHI: 26’ Mallory Pugh Yellow Card, 46’ Vanessa DiBernardo Yellow Card, 74’ Amanda Kowalski Yellow Card
KCC: 41’ Taylor Leach Yellow Card, 90’ Elizabeth Ball Yellow Card
CHI: Alyssa Naeher, Tatumn Milazzo, Zoe Morse, Amanda Kowalski, Rachel Hill (Sarah Griffith), Danny Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo (Samantha Fisher), Bianca St-Georges (Jill Aguilera), Yuki Nagasato, Mallory Pugh (Morgan Gautrat), Ella Stevens (Chelsie Dawber)
KCC: Cassie Miller, Taylor Leach (Alex Loera), Elizabeth Ball, Kristen Edmonds, Hallie Mace (Jenna Winebrenner), Kate Del Fava, Desiree Scott (Chardonnay Surran), Lo’eau LaBonta, Cece Kizer, Kristen Hamilton (Elyse Bennett), Claire Lavogez (Izzy Rodriguez)
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