CHICAGO, Ill. (June 22, 2021) - The Red Stars welcomed Alyssa Mautz, Nikki Stanton, and Bianca St. Georges back to the starting XI but would fall to OL Reign 2-0 on Tuesday, June 22nd.
1’ - OL Reign’s Shirley Cruz’s shot from outside the box finds the top right corner of the net to give her team the early lead.
18’ - Bethany Balcer heads the ball past Alyssa Naeher to give Reign a 2-0 lead.
85’ - Naeher makes the diving stop with her feet to prevent Eugénie Le Sommer from scoring in her NWSL debut.
After returning to the pitch on June 5th for the first time since suffering a torn ACL injury, Alyssa Mautz started her first game for the Red Stars since the 2019 NWSL season Tuesday night. Mautz concluded her re-entry into the Starting XI with 31 touches, 22 passes, and three tackles before being subbed off in the 62nd minute.
Nikki Stanton also made her return to the Red Stars starting XI, having played overseas during the 2020 season. Stanton played the full game for Chicago and totaled 45 touches, a team-high 14 duels, three tackles, two interceptions, and added a clearance to close out her night.
Three days after returning to the pitch for the Red Stars as a substitute in their Juneteenth matchup against Washington, Bianca St. Georges returned to Chicago’s starting XI having last appeared this past year. Despite being sent off in stoppage time after being shown her second yellow card of the game, St. Georges accumulated three clearances, two interceptions, a tackle, 21 passes, and tied for second on the team for touches with 50.
The Red Stars return home to take on Racing Louisville FC for their Pride Match on Saturday, June 26th at 1 p.m. CT.
OL Reign vs Chicago Red Stars June 22, 2021 Cheney Stadium (Tacoma, WA)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
OL Reign 2 0 2
Chicago Red Stars 0 0 0
Goal Summary OL: Cruz 1’, Balcer 18’ (Huerta)
Disciplinary Report OL: Balcer 25’ (yellow card), Marozsán 79’ (yellow card), McNabb 90+4’ (yellow card) CHI: Gorden 40’ (yellow card), St. Georges 46’ (yellow), 90+2’ (second yellow card, red card)
Lineup OL: GK Bouhaddi, D Hammond, D Hiatt, D Cook, D Jimenez (McNabb 66’), M Quinn, M Cruz (Rapinoe 57’), M Fishlock, F Balcer (Le Sommer 65’), F Marozsan (Weatherholt 81’), F Huerta
CHI: GK Naeher, D Gorden, D Sharples (St. Georges 64’), D Davidson (Milazzo 45’), D St. Georges, M Woldmoe, M DiBernardo (Stevens 62’), M Stanton, F Johnson, F Mautz (Luebbert 62’), F Doniak (Goralski 62’)