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Chicago Red Stars pick up massive home win over Courage, 2-1
Julie Ertz provided the game-winning goal in the 84th minute
Julie Ertz and Yuki Nagasato celebrate their combined efforts that led to a Red Stars goal at home (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel for isiphotos.com)
Julie Ertz and Yuki Nagasato celebrate their combined efforts that led to a Red Stars goal at home (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel for isiphotos.com)

The Chicago Red Stars earned a much-needed win at home in Toyota Park, thanks in large part to the defensive and offensive contributions of Julie Ertz. Ertz provided the game-winning goal in the 84th minute, thanks to her header off forward Yuki Nagasato‘s ball in front. Nagasato had a goal of her own in the 52nd minute for the second half comeback against the league-leaders North Carolina Courage.

Forwards Jessica McDonald and Lynn Williams linked up for the Courage’s opening goal in the 15th minute.

Chicago head coach Rory Dames must have given quite the speech in the locker room as the Red Stars came up with an equalizer, after pressure from Ertz caused a turnover in the midfield. Forward Christen Press found a wide-open Nagasato for the finish:

Ertz and Nagasato linked up for the game-winner, as Ertz redirected Nagasato’s ball in to the box past Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. The Red Stars scored two goals on only three shots on goal for the match. The Courage owned possession in the match with 56.2% overall, and also outshot the Red Stars 21-7.

Ertz also received a yellow card during the rather physical match, and North Carolina midfielder McCall Zerboni finally picked up her fifth yellow card of the season after being one card away from the automatic suspension since June 3.

Midfielder Morgan Brian made her debut for the Red Stars following the trade made late last month between Chicago and the Houston Dash.

 

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