Pugh leads Red Stars offensively as Chicago falls 2-1 to Houston
CHICAGO, Ill. (May 29th, 2021) - Mallory Pugh scored four minutes into the game as the Chicago Red Stars battled against the Houston Dash, falling 2-1 on Saturday, May 29th.
4’ - Mallory Pugh forces a turnover and finds the bottom far corner to score the game’s first and her first regular season Red Stars goal.
18’ - Houston’s Nichelle Prince shot from the far edge of the box finds the back of the net to even the game at one.
58’ - Kealia Watt’s shot to the far post narrowly misses wide.
82’ - Prince lobs a cross to Kristie Mewis who scores just past a diving Alyssa Naeher to put Houston in the lead.
After coming off a super-sub performance on Wednesday assisting both second half goals, Mallory Pugh wasted no time getting involved offensively in Saturday night’s matchup. Pugh opened up the game’s scoring, finding the back of the net just four minutes after the opening whistle. She also had 51 touches, 28 passes with an accuracy percentage of 75%, and tied for the team lead in crosses with three.
Kayla Sharples’ distribution from the back was one of the main components of Chicago’s offensive pressure throughout the game. Sharples finished the game with the team lead in both passes and passing accuracy with 56 and 87.5 respectively. She also added two interceptions and a tackle and clearance each.
Kealia Watt was a consistent threat in the opposing half’s box in her first regular season game in Houston since being acquired by the Red Stars. Watt lead the team in total shots with six while picking up 41 touches, 12 passes, and a tackle and clearance each defensively
Tierna Davidson played all 90 minutes of Saturday’s contest, parting with Sharples in the center of the defense and stifling Houston for most of the game. Davidson led the team lead in touches with 77 and clearances with four, and was second in total passes with 52.
The Red Stars return home to take on the North Carolina Courage next Saturday, June 5th at 1 p.m. CT.
Houston Dash vs Chicago Red Stars May 29, 2021 BBVA Stadium (Houston, TX)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Houston Dash 1 1 2
Chicago Red Stars 1 0 0
Scoring Summary CHI: Pugh 4’ HOU: Prince 18’, Mewis 83’
Discipline Report CHI: Gautrat 59’ (yellow card) HOU: Prince 69’ (yellow card)
Lineup CHI: GK Naeher, D Gorden, D Davidon, D Sharples, D Krueger, M Woldmoe (Luebbert 86’), M Colaprico (Johnson 90+1’), M Gautrat, F Pugh, F Watt (Doniak 83’), F Hill (Wright 83’) HOU: GK Campbell, D Chapman, D, Naughton, D Oyster, D Prisock (Hanson 68’), M Mewis, M Schmidt, M Groom (Seiler 77’), F Visalli (Latsko 68’), F Daly, F Prince