The Chicago Red Stars secured their first victory at home Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Boston Breakers in a 1-0 win off a Lori Chalupny goal. Chalupny’s early first half goal was all the offense the Red Stars need to take a two game win streak and boost themselves into sixth place in NWSL rankings.
For Boston, it was another disappointing result as they watched three points slip away, marking 3 consecutive games since their last victory.
This game was all about the Red Stars though, as they dominated possession in the first half, creating several opportunities on net. It wasn’t until the 26th minute when Julianne Sitch drove down the left sideline, escaping two Boston defenders, to slot a pass to an oncoming Lori Chalupny. The Red Stars captain one timed her shot to the far side, hitting the inside of the post before the ball rolled in.
“We were very good in the first half,” said Red Stars Head Coach Rory Dames. “We were able to carry over a lot of the things we did well out of the Portland game. We had two other really good chances to get the second goal.”
Only down by one, Boston made a push for an equalizer early in the second half, and thought they had found it in the 65th minute. Boston’s leading scorer, Sydney Leroux, took a shot that beat Chicago keeper Erin McLeod but hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down onto the goal line. While Leroux thought she had the game-tying goal, the refs waved the it off.
“We should’ve been able to take a point on the road,” Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said after Sunday’s loss. “It was a physical game where players’ energy and hard work dictated play. We’ve been on the road for two of the last three games, and obviously you see that in our play. We got a little outworked, but did enough to get a point on the road. It’ll be good to get home and get back at it.”
Boston is back at Dilboy Stadium next Sunday to welcome Sky Blue FC and look to seek a little revenge from their recent 5-1 lose to SBFC.
Chicago hopes to continue their winning ways later this week when FC Kansas City visits Benedictine Sports Complex Thursday evening.