Chicago Red Stars win and Seattle Reign FC draw
The Chicago Red Stars’ winless streak in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) ended at six on Sunday night, as Head Coach Rory Dames’ squad defeated hosts Western New York Flash 2-0 behind a comprehensive team performance and the standout play of forward Christen Press. The U.S. star bagged a stunning goal late in the opening period and assisted on Jen Hoy’s assurance tally after the break. The victory gives Chicago a significant boost in its battle for second place in the standings and the right to host a postseason semi-final on September 13th 2015.
Press added to her excellent showing by setting up Chicago’s second goal five minutes after the hour mark, releasing Hoy one-on-one with Chantel Jones on a delicate through ball from the edge of the box. Second-half substitute Hoy did well to poke the ball past Jones and into the net for a confident finish.
Chicago Red Stars starting lineup:
Dalton, Gilliland, Erceg, Johnston, Hemmings, Colaprico, Chalupny, DiBernardo, Leon, Huerta, Press
Western New York Flash starting lineup:
Jones, Edmonds, Engen, Dahlkemper, Hinkle, Edwards, Mewis, Spencer, Ayinde, Andrade, Heyman
Seattle Reign FC (12-3-4, 40 pts) scored a late equalizer to draw Sky Blue FC (5-7-7, 22 pts) 1-1 on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,741 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
Reign FC midfielder Jessica Fishlock scored her seventh goal of the season in the 90th minute to preserve Reign FC’s home unbeaten run, while Scottish international Kim Little picked up her seventh league-leading assist.
Seattle finished the 2015 regular season with a 8-0-2 home record and extended its undefeated streak at Memorial Stadium to 22 games with the result — dating back to the start of the 2014 season.
This was Reign FC’s first draw at Memorial since playing to a nil-nil result with the Chicago Red Stars on May 30.
“Sky Blue were the better team tonight. They came here to win,” said head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “I told the players at the half that they had a choice… I think they showed a lot of character and that’s what this part of the season will take. The ability and the character. We showed that 100%.
“Sky Blue FC emerged the dominant side in the first half and as such, grabbed the lead in the 6th minute. After earning a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, Danish international Nadia Nadim sent a well placed shot past goalkeeper Hope Solo and into the left-hand side of the net.
In the 90th minute, Reign FC’s tenacity paid off. Little gathered a ball at the top of the 18-yard box and quickly sent a cross towards the center of goal to find Fishlock in stride who powered her header past Cameron to bring the final score to 1-1.
Lineups & Stats
Seattle Reign FC: GK Hope Solo, D Rachel Corsie, D Kendall Fletcher, D Lauren Barnes, D Stephanie Cox, M Keelin Winters (Mariah Bullock, 71), M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Merritt Mathias (Danielle Foxhoven, 80), F Katrine Veje (Eli Reed, 80), F Megan Rapinoe
Sky Blue FC: GK Brittany Cameron, D Christie Rampone, D Caitlin Foord, D Hayley Haagsma, D Lindsi Cutshall, D Kelley O’Hara, D Cami Levin, M Katy Freels (Nikki Stanton 75), M Sarah Killion, M Samantha Kerr, F Nadia Nadim
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