Early Goal Lifts Chicago to Win over Houston
CHICAGO - An early goal from Katie Johnson propelled the Chicago Red Stars to a 1-0 victory against the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Red Stars defense stifled the Houston offense, allowing only two shots on target en route to their second shutout of the season.
7' Houston's Chapman misplays a clearance and Vanessa DiBernardo is able to step in and intercept the ball and distribute it to Johnson. The forward confidently fires a shot from outside of the 18-yard box and slots the ball past the goalkeeper for the first Red Stars goal of her career.
24' Frenzy in the box following a corner kick allows Polkinghorne plenty of time to fire a dangerous shot towards goal, but the ball goes wide.
56' McCaskill drives a corner kick that lands at the shin of Naughton and heads towards goal, but Houston is able to clear it at the last second for another corner kick. This time Wright is able to get her head to the ball, but it goes wide.
57' Nagasato links up with Kerr who flicks the ball over the defenders head, times the shot well and fires the ball towards goal missing the back of the net by centimeters.
85' Narin sends a ball into a clustered 18-yard box that finds teammate Kyah Simon. Simon heads the ball towards goal, but great positioning by Boyd allows her to easily handle the shot.
Katie Johnson scored her first goal of the season and her first-ever goal in a Red Stars uniform. It was her ninth career NWSL goal.
Vanessa DiBernardo assisted Johnson's goal, her second of the season. Both of DiBernardo's assists in 2019 have come against the Dash. With her 21 career assists, she is now third all-time in career NWSL assists, surpassing teammate Sam Kerr.
Emily Boyd earned her first clean sheet of 2019 in her ninth appearance. She now has three career NWSL clean sheets.
Sarah Gorden was a rock defensively. She led the team in touches (71), total passes (62) and won 100% of her duels.
Chicago returns to SeatGeek Stadium to face the North Carolina Courage in the World Cup Welcome Back Match. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, July 21st at 5:00 PM CT. The match will contain eight U.S Women's National Team players and a total of 12 World Cup athletes that represented their country at the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019.
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Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars
July 13, 2019
BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston, TX
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Chicago Red Stars 1 0 1
Sky Blue FC 0 0 0
CHI: Katie Johnson 7' (assist DiBernardo)
CHI: Yellow Card, Nikki Stanton (66')
NJ: Yellow Card, Haley Hanson (77')
HOU: GK Campbell, D Brooks, D Chapman (Kizer 82'), D Polkinghorne, D Romero (Fields 73'), M Schmidt, M Hanson, M Mewis, F Huerta, F Simon, F Ohai © (Narin 66')
CHI: GK Boyd, D Short, D Naughton, D Gorden, D Wright, M Stanton, M DiBernardo ©, M McCaskill (Elby 63'), F Johnson (Sharples 88'), F Nagasato, F Kerr
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.
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