Chicago Red Stars defeat Houston Dash 3-1 in Challenge Cup Play



CHICAGO, Ill. (March 20, 2022) - The Chicago Red Stars defeated the Houston Dash 3-1 tonight. Houston struck first in the 18th minute of play with a goal from Katie Naughton, but the Red Stars fought back and scored three unanswered goals, two from Mallory Pugh and one from Arin Wright.

KEY MOMENTS: ‘26 Mallory Pugh receives a ball from Ella Stevens and runs through Houston’s defense, takes a shot that’s blocked by Campbell, but gets her own rebound and finds the back of the net.

‘51 Rookie Ava Cook muscles her way past the Houston backline and takes a shot that gets pushed away by Campbell

‘55 A cross from Sarah Griffith bounces around the box before being knocked out of bounds

‘57 A foul by Houston on Sarah Griffith in the box gives Chicago a penalty shot. Arin Wight scores from the penalty spot with a low shot into left side netting

‘59 Mal Pugh receives a ball from Danielle Colaprico and scores from outside the box

‘79 Tatumn Milazzo heads away a dangerous attempt by Houston

‘81 Alyssa Naeher punches a shot away to clear the danger GAME NOTES:

  • Jill Aguilera, Ava Cook, Channing Foster, Sarah Griffith all made their NWSL Challenge Cup debuts.

  • Arin Wright scored her first penalty kick attempt in her career, which also marked her first Challenge Cup goal.

  • Christ Petrucelli earned his first win as Red Stars head coach and his first in the NWSL. He is the first coach to make his NWSL debut and win his first Challenge Cup match.

Next Game

Chicago Red Stars vs Kansas City Current March 25, 2022 SeatGeek Stadium (Bridgeview, IL)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

CHI 1 2 3

HOU 1 0 1

Scoring Summary:

CHI: ‘26 Mallory Pugh, ‘57 Arin Wright, ‘59 Mallory Pugh

HOU: ‘18 Katie Naughton

Disciplinary Report

‘18 yellow card Bianca St-Georges

‘45+2 Yellow card Zoe Mores

‘64 yellow card Visalli

‘87 yellow card Schmidt

Lineup

CHI: Alyssa Naeher, Tierna Davidson, Tatumn Milazzo, Zoe Morse (Jill Aguilera), Arin Wright, Ella Stevens (Ava Cook), Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo (Sarah Griffith), Bianca St-Georges (Alyssa Mautz), Yuki Nagasato, Mallory Pugh (Channing Foster)

HOU: Jane Campbell, Haley Hanson (Eddy), Katie Naughton, Annika Schmidt, Allysha Chapman, Marisa Viggiano(Gomera-Stevens), Kelcie Hedge (, Shea Groom (Gareis), Nichelle Prince, Rachel Daly, María Sánchez