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Red Stars Garner 1st Win Against Sky Blue FC

July 10, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Chicago Red Stars News Release

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago Red Stars forward Ella Masar scored her fourth goal in four games, and the Red Stars garnered their first victory over 2009 champion Sky Blue FC, a 2-0 shutout, on Saturday in Women's Professional Soccer action at Toyota Park.

Entering the match, Sky Blue (5-5-3) had a 5-0-1 all-time record against Chicago, but the Red Stars benefited from Masar's continual offensive surge, as well as an own goal scored by New Jersey's Daphne Koster, en route to the victory. Masar now holds the Red Stars team lead in goals with four.

The Red Stars (4-5-5) also extended their undefeated streak to four games and for the moment are in a fourth-place tie with the Washington Freedom who play FC Gold Pride on Sunday night. Chicago's undefeated streak ties for the longest in team history, dating back to the Red Stars' four-game undefeated run to open the 2009 WPS season.

Next up for the Red Stars is a 6:30 p.m. CT match at the Atlanta Beat on Wednesday, July 21, in Kennesaw, Ga. It marks the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the Red Stars and Beat. Chicago's next home match is at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 25, against the Boston Breakers at Toyota Park.

Masar's game-winner came in the 38th minute off of a Natalie Spilger assist from the left side. Masar's strike found the upper right corner of the net past Sky Blue goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill.

Chicago's lead pushed to 2-0 shortly after halftime in the 47th minute, when Koster's deflection went in her own net. Luckenbill managed to get a portion of her glove on the ball, but could not do enough to bat the ball away from the goal.

Allison Whitworth made her Red Stars debut in goal, becoming only the third Chicago goalkeeper to make a WPS start in net. Caroline Jonsson played in every match last season, and Jillian Loyden played in every match up until Saturday. Loyden currently is with the U.S. Women's National Team along with fellow Red Stars defender Kate Markgraf and midfielder Megan Rapinoe.

Whitworth earned the shutout with two saves. Luckenbill made eight saves for Sky Blue.

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