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Red Stars close out their season with a 2-1 win over the Freedom

Posted on 07 September 2010 by mwkajdas

It was the Washington Freedom’s first and only road trip to Toyota Park this season and Emma Hayes’ first visit back to her old stomping grounds where she poured her heart into building the Red Stars team before being “relieved of coaching duties” four months ago. On the line for the Freedom was a chance to hang onto the last remaining spot in the WPS playoffs. For Ms. Hayes, there might have been a little extra incentive to serve some smackdown to the players who had gotten her fired. Either way, the Red Stars were having none of it, ending their season on a high note behind goals by Casey Nogueira and Megan Rapinoe. Washington added a last gasp score in extra time from Beverly Goebel that proved too little and too late.

The game started out to be a lively affair. For the first fifteen minutes both teams were creating opportunities off some slick one-touch passes but both goalkeepers proved equal to the task of stopping any and all shots that came their way. Sonia Bompastor got the best of the exchanges when, in the 2nd minute, she intercepted a blocked pass and ran the ball up the left side before unleashing a blast that goalkeeper Jillian Loyden was just able to tip over the crossbar. In the 12th minute, Bompastor deked around two Red Stars defenders and lofted a shot over Loyden that barely floated wide of the far post.

For the second fifteen minutes of the game the play became a little more ragged with haphazard passes and blocked shots aplenty. The most excitement came from the stands where fans kept attempting to start a wave that only made it halfway across the stadium each time.

Finally, in the 37th minute, Chicago came close to drawing first blood when a corner kick from Karen Carney bounced off the Washington defense right to Casey Nogueira, stationed on the penalty kick spot, but Noogie’s shot flew up over the crossbar. A minute later, Chicago took a free kick from 36 yards out that Megan Rapinoe headed on frame but goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris managed to push it out of harm’s way.

With a few minutes left in the half, Karen Carney had to be helped off the field and Cristiane was brought in to replace her, but the half ended in a scoreless draw.

Chicago got the second half off to a good start. In the 46th minute, Noogie crossed the ball in from the left wing and found Veronica Boquete waiting unmarked just 12 yard from goal but Ashlyn Harris pushed Vero’s shot over the crossbar. Just four minutes later, it was Boquete’s turn to pass the ball between two Washington defenders where Casey Nogueira caught it and fired, ricocheting the ball off the far post and into the net for the opening score of the game.

The Red Stars almost grabbed another score in the 65th minute, when Noogie held the ball at the right corner of the penalty area, fending off Washington players before pushing the ball inside to Megan Rapinoe. Pinoe fired a cross to Veronica Boquete at the opposite corner of the 6-yard box but, once again, Harris pushed the shot wide. Three minutes later, Boquete pushed off defenders and passed the ball up to Cristiane in open space. Cristiane lobbed a shot over Harris but the ball landed wide of the net.

The last great scoring chance in regular time came in the 89th minute when Boquete took the ball up to the 6-yard box, deked two defenders and passed inside to Rapinoe. Pinoe’s point-blank shot was blocked by the Washington defense but the rebound came right out to Natalie Spilger. Spilger uncorked a cracking shot but the swarming Freedom defenders blocked it just the same.

With four minutes of added time, the scoring came fast and furious. Veronica Boquete either shot or passed from the left of the Washington net, sending the ball scooting down the goal line where Megan Rapinoe was able to tap it in. The Red Stars celebrated their inevitable win enthusiastically but perhaps a bit prematurely. In the ensuing kickoff, the Freedom took the ball down field and fired it toward the net. Natalie Spilger tried to head the ball away but sent it straight up into the air. Beverly Goebel was able to fire a volley that glanced off Loyden’s glove and caromed into the net. Abby Wambach ran the ball back to the center line in a desperate bid to try for the equalizer but the whistle sounded a few moments later to send this game into the history books.

The Red Stars held another jersey auction for the Red Stars Charitable Foundation. Below is a listing of the items on the block along with their winning bids:

$275 – Karen Carney autographed game-worn English national team jersey along with her autographed Red Stars locker room nameplate

$250 – 2010 Red Stars home jersey autographed by the entire team

$300 – 2010 Karen Carney autographed game-worn jersey

$300 – 2010 Kate Markgraf autographed game-worn jersey

$300 – 2010 Cristiane autographed game-worn jersey

$300 – 2010 Marian Dalmy autographed game-worn jersey

No minimum bid – 2010 Veronica Boquete autographed game-worn jersey (Red Stars fans will be kicking themselves for letting this jersey slip away like this when Boquete most assuredly becomes a star player on the roster next year).

Match Summary
Chicago Red Stars vs Washington Freedom
September 5, 2010 – Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL
Attendance: 4067
Weather: 77 degrees under partly cloudy skies

50’ Red Stars: Casey Nogueira (Veronica Boquete)
90+ Red Stars: Megan Rapinoe (Veronica Boquete)
90+ Freedom: Beverly Goebel (unassisted)

66’ Freedom: Sarah Huffman (yellow card)
73’ Freedom: Brittany Bock (yellow card)
86’ Red Stars: Formiga (yellow card)
87’ Freedom: Sarah Huffman (yellow card/red card)

Chicago Red Stars:
Jillian Loyden
Natalie Spilger
Kate Markgraf
Whitney Engen
Marian Dalmy
Katie Chapman
Karen Carney (45+: Cristiane)
Megan Rapinoe
Casey Nogueira (88: Lydia Vandenbergh)
Veronica Boquete

FC Gold Pride:
Ashlyn Harris
Cat Whitehill
Nikki Marshall
Rebecca Moros (85: Beverly Goebel)
Becky Sauerbrunn
Sonia Bompastor
Allie Long
Homare Sawa (46: Brittany Bock)
Sarah Huffman
Anita Asante
Abby Wambach

Referee: Ted Unkel
Asst Referees: Christian Ibanez, Greg Dopka
4th Official: Victor Herrera

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