Boyds, Md., (9/21/2019) – The Washington Spirit made a late push that included a goal from forward Mallory Pugh, but still fell 3-1 to the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois.
Behind two goals and an assist from Australian national team star Sam Kerr, the Red Stars raced out to a 3-0 lead and a third straight victory.
It took until the 80th minute for the Spirit to get on the scoresheet, but that wasn’t for a lack of opportunities. Washington finished the night with a 7-4 advantage in shots on target, but Chicago and USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made six saves to keep the Spirit attack in check.
Pugh’s goal was set up by a perfectly placed through ball from defender Sam Staab, one of the brightest rookie stars in the NWSL this season. Pugh took one simple touch around Naeher before slotting home.
Pugh Pugh Pugh!#CHIvWAS | #CatchTheSpirit pic.twitter.com/7ARusOn5bR
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) September 22, 2019
The Spirit will remain on the road for a matchup at the Houston Dash on Wednesday. The game will be Washington’s first as a part of the NWSL’s new broadcast deal with ESPN. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
-NWSL Match Report-
Match: Chicago Red Stars vs Washington Spirit
Date: September 21, 2019
Venue: SeatGeek Stadium
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy, mid 70s
CHI – Kerr 9’
CHI – Nagasato 23’
CHI – Kerr 49’
WAS – Pugh 80’
CHI (4-2-3-1): 1-Alyssa Naeher; 8-Julie Ertz (c); 26-Tierna Davidson; 14-Sarah Gorden; 6-Casey Short; 12-Yuki Nagasato (81’ 32-Zoey Goralski); 9-Savannah McCaskill (72’ 2-Nikki Stanton); 33-Katlyn Johnson (86’ 23-Brooke Elby); 13-Morgan Brian; 24-Danielle Colaprico; 20-Sam Kerr
Unused Substitutes: 21-Emily Boyd; 28-Kayla Sharples; 15-María Sánchez; 5-Katie Naughton
WAS (4-3-3): 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 14-Paige Nielsen; 3-Sam Staab; 23-Tori Huster; 17-Cali Farquharson; 12-Andi Sullivan (c); 6-Chloe Logarzo (66’ 31-Crystal Thomas); 10-Rose Lavelle (46’ 8-Meggie Dougherty Howard); 33-Ashley Hatch; 11-Mallory Pugh; 20-Cheyna Matthews (76’ 2-Arielle Ship)
Unused Substitutes: 5-Megan Crosson; 4-Jordan DiBiasi; 30-Shae Yanez; 7-Amy Harrison
Stats Summary: CHI / WAS
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Target: 4 / 7
Saves: 6 / 1
Blocked Shots: 1 / 0
Fouls: 6 / 16
Offside: 5 / 5
WAS – Paige Nielsen 53’ – Yellow Card
WAS – Sam Staab 62’ – Yellow Card
WAS – Meggie Dougherty Howard 65’ – Yellow Card
Referee: Mark Allatin
Assistant Referee 1: Maggie Short
Assistant Referee 2: Kaili Terry
Fourth Official: Zachary Bond