Sarah Luebbert scored her first career NWSL goal, but the Chicago Red Stars dropped their NWSL Fall Series opener to the Washington Spirit on a late heartbreaker, 2-1 at Segra Field in Leesburg, VA.
A first pro goal for @sarah_luebbe @KealiaOhai provides an inch-perfect cross to set up the goal for the rookie.— NWSL (@NWSL) September 12, 2020
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Savannah McCaskill was sent off just before the break after earning her second yellow of the half. With the Red Stars playing a woman down in the second half, the Spirit were able to equalize off a Bayley Feist goal in the 71st minute.
All tied up!@WashSpirit's pressure leads to a goal as @Baysfeist11 nets the equalizer.— NWSL (@NWSL) September 12, 2020
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Alyssa Naeher made some big saves late to keep the Red Stars in the game, but Washington netted the winner in stoppage time, after Jessie Scarpa beat her defender and finished a cross.
No better time for a first pro goal! @JessieScarpa puts @WashSpirit in the lead with time winding down after some great work by @CThomas_Score— NWSL (@NWSL) September 12, 2020
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The Red Stars return to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview for the first time this season when they host Sky Blue next Sunday, Sept. 26 at noon. The match will air on CBS All Access.
CHI: GK Naeher, D Morse, D Goralski, D Davison, D St. Georges, M Gautrat (Chavarin 85’), M Colaprico, M DiBernardo, F McCaskill, F Watt (Biegalski 90+5’), F Luebbert (Rhodes 85’),
WAS: GK Bledsoe, D Jacobs (Hellstrom 66’), D Bailey, D Staab, D Nielsen, M Dougherty Howard, M Boissiere (McCool 45’), M Feist, F McClure (Hendrix 80’), F Sanchez (Scarpa 87’), F Yokoyama (Thomas 80’)