Chicago Red Stars Take Down Racing Louisville FC 4-0
CHICAGO, Ill. (August 27, 2022) - The Chicago Red Stars, in an impressive performance, took down Racing Louisville FC 4-0. Yuki Nagasato and Mallory Pugh were tonight’s goal scorers, notching two goals each. This win moves the Red Stars to fifth on the National Women’s Soccer League standings, with only two points separating them from the top spot.
KEY MOMENTS: 3’ Mallory Pugh breaks away from Louisville’s defense thanks to a pass from Bianca St-Georges and connects with the back of the net.
13’ Louisville’s Wang Shuang takes a shot on goal, but the shot goes wide.
18’ The Red Stars win a free kick taken by Pugh and Yuki Nagasato heads it into the back of the net to give Chicago a two-goal lead.
22’ Almost like déja vù, Pugh takes a free kick that connects with Nagasato, landing right in the back of the net.
35’ Alyssa Nahaer makes a diving save to block a shot from distance from Louisville.
53’ Amanda Kowalski stops Jess McDonald in the Red Stars’ box as the Louisville attacker looked to make an attempt at goal.
61’ Racing Louisville nearly scores off a shot from Savannah DeMelo but it hits the crossbar, narrowly avoiding the net.
72’ Nagasato sets up Pugh for a Red Stars breakaway, resulting in Pugh’s second goal of the match.
86’ Zaneta Wyne launches the ball towards the net, but it once again hits the crossbar and misses the goal. GAME NOTES:
Chicago’s back line earned its first clean sheet since July 2. The three defenders and Alyssa Naeher kept Louisville to a .63 expected goals and only allowed two shots on goal all night.
The Red Stars were able to hold onto possession for 55% of the match and amass a passing accuracy of 81% with 14 total shots.
Nagasato and Pugh’s connection helped the two land in the top five Red Stars in shots, chances created and completed passes in the final third.
OL Reign vs. Chicago Red Stars September 9, 2022, 9:00 p.m. CT at Lumen Field.
Goals by Half
1 2 F
CHI 3 1 0
LOU 0 0 0
CHI: 3' Mallory Pugh (St-Georges), 18' Yuki Nagasato (Pugh), 22' Yuki Nagasato (Pugh), 72' Mallory Pugh (Nagasato)
LOU: 21' Gemma Bonner Yellow Card, 93' Nadia Nadim Yellow Card
CHI: Alyssa Naeher, Tatumn Milazzo, Zoe Morse, Amanada Kowalski (Sarah Griffith), Bianca St-Georges (Jill Aguilera), Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Mallory Pugh (Samantha Fischer), Yuki Nagastao, Rachel Hill, Ava Cook (Ella Stevens)
LOU: Katie Lund, Gemma Bonner, Emily Fox, Lauren Milliet (Taylor Malham), Jaelin Howell, Wang Shuang (Zaneta Wyne), Savannah DeMelo (Freja Olofsson), Nadia Nadim, Alex Chidiac (Rebecca Holloway), Kirsten Davis (Jess McDonald)