Despite Pugh goal, Spirit come up short in Chicago

Washington Spirit  |   September 21, 2019
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Owen Krucoff

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.

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

Attendance: 4,317

Weather: Cloudy, mid 70s

Scoring Summary:

Goals 1 2 F
Chicago 2 1 3
Washington 0 1 1


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

Misconduct Summary:

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

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