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RED STARS DEFEAT FLASH 1-0 IN SEASON OPENER
First Round College Draft Pick Julie Johnston Scores Game Winner

(April 19, 2104) – The Chicago Red Stars kicked off their 2014 National Women’s Soccer League season with a 1-0 win over Western New York Flash at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, following the Chicago Fire 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution. The lone goal of the evening came in the 59th minute of play from Red Stars defender Julie Johnston, off a corner kick from Naperville, Illinois, native Vanessa DiBernardo.

“It took us a bit to settle in, and the Flash is not an easy team to solve,” said Red Stars Head Coach Rory Dames. “ But I think it was a good outing for us. I’m pleased with our younger players and I’m obviously pleased with the outcome.

In the first 45 minutes, the Red Stars went head to head with Western New York Flash, with both teams possessing the ball equally. The Red Stars were only able to get two shots on goal, with their best opportunity coming in the 35th minute when Julie Johnston sent a ball over the crossbar off of a corner kick from Vanessa DiBernardo. This same play would result in the team’s game-winning goal in the second half. The Flash challenged the Red Stars, taking 3 shots on goal and pressuring hard during the final minutes of the half. Flash midfielder Carli Lloyd was booked in the 43rd with a yellow card, after taking down DiBernardo.

The Red Stars began the second half with a lineup change, subbing in Zakiya Bywaters for forward Adriana Leon. Both teams struggled to find their rhythm for the first few minutes, but the Red Stars picked up their momentum after a series of combination played from team captain Lori Chalupny, forward Zakiya Bywaters and midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo. In the 59th minute of play DiBernardo stepped up to take Chicago’s only corner of the night, and connected with defender Julie Johnston who headed the ball past Flash keeper Lydia Williams. The Flash fought back with quality balls from defender and team captain Brittany Taylor, but in the end, the Red Stars held on to the lead, and earned three points on the night.

“It was so great to kick off this season with a win,” said Red Stars defender Julie Johnston. “It was exciting to step out onto the field tonight for my first professional match. The atmosphere here at Toyota Park was great.”

 

GOALS

1

2

F

Western New York (1-1-0)

0

0

0

Chicago (1-0-0)

0

1

1

 

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

Goal   Time    Team                           Goal Scorer                         Assists                   Note

1        59     Chicago                       Julie Johnston                       Vanessa DiBernardo

 

 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

 

Time

 

Team

##

 

Player

Card

Reason

47+

Western New York

10

Carli Lloyd

Yellow Card

Reckless Foul

58

Chicago

4

Alyssa Mautz

Yellow Card

Holding

 

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

 

Time        Team                                   OUT                                          IN

34          Western New York                              #23 Haley Palmer                                    #17 Kathryn Williamson 

46         Chicago                                                 #19 Adriana Leon                                  #5 Zakiya Bywaters

63         Western New York                               #7 McCall Zerboni                                 #20 Courtney Wetzel 

73         Chicago                                                #18 Jackie Santacaterina                      #16 Samantha Johnson

80         Western New York                              #8 Adriana Martin                                  #18 Emma Kete 

92+       Chicago                                                #2 Jen Hoy                                            #21 Hayley Brock

 

                                                                 

 

SHOTS

1

2

F

Western New York

3

5

8

Chicago

2

5

7

 

 

 

SHOTS ON GOAL

1

2

F

Western New York

1

1

2

Chicago

1

2

3

 

 

 

SAVES

1

2

F

Western New York

1

1

2

Chicago

1

1

2

 

 

 

CORNER KICKS

1

2

F

Western New York

1

0

1

Chicago

2

1

3

 

 

 

OFFSIDES

1

2

F

Western New York

0

0

0

Chicago

2

1

3

 

 

 

FOULS

1

2

F

Western New York

4

1

5

Chicago

5

7

12

 

 

Officials: Referee: Christina Unkel

Asst. Referee: Cory Richardson; Emilie Buse 

Fourth Official:  Nikola Aleksic

Attendance: 15,743

 

 

Western New York Player Stats

 

##

10

Name (* for starters)

Carli Lloyd*

Min

90

G

0

A

0

Sh

2

SOG

0

YC

1

RC

0

CK

0

Off

0

FC

3

FS

2

6

Angela Salem*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

22

Amy Barczuk*

90

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

Samantha Kerr*

90

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Lydia Williams*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

Brittany Taylor*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

16

Katherine Reynolds*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

14

Vicky Losada*

90

0

0

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

2

8

Adriana Martin*

80

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

McCall Zerboni*

63

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

17

Kathryn Williamson

56

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

Haley Palmer*

34

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

20

Courtney Wetzel

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

Emma Kete

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

  TEAM TOTAL     990 0 0 8 2 1 0 1 0 5 12

 

 

Western New York Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

 

 

Min

 

 

GA

 

 

Sh

 

 

SOG

 

 

Sv

 

 

D

1       Lydia Williams*

90

1

7

3

2

L

TEAM TOTAL

90

1

7

3

2

 

Chicago Player Stats

 

 

 

 

 

 

##

Name (* for starters)

Min

G

A

Sh

SOG

YC

RC

CK

Off

FC

FS

1

Karina LeBlanc*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

Lori Chalupny*

90

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

5

2

38

Julianne Sitch*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

13

Michelle Wenino*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

8

Julie Johnston*

90

1

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

Vanessa DiBernardo*

90

0

1

1

0

0

0

3

0

1

1

11

Rachel Quon*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Alyssa Mautz*

90

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

2

Jen Hoy*

89

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

18

Jackie Santacaterina*

73

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

19

Adriana Leon*

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

Zakiya Bywaters

45

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

16

Samantha Johnson

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

Hayley Brock

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TEAM TOTAL

990

1

1

7

3

1

0

3

3

12

5

 

Chicago Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

1       Karina LeBlanc*

90

0

8

2

2

W

TEAM TOTAL

90

0

8

2

2

 

 

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