Chicago Red Stars defeat Kansas City NWSL, 3-0, with two goals from Sarah Woldmoe, one from Katie Johnson
BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois – The Chicago Red Stars beat Kansas City NWSL 3-0 on Saturday behind two goals from Sarah Woldmoe and another from Katie Johnson.
The two teams played tied in the first half in terms of offensive opportunities, with Chicago trading seven shots for Kansas City’s five. Chicago’s initial pace was a rambling game with strong ball possession with unconnected passes, as Kansas City attempted to transition when the opportunity presented itself, although the visitors were unable to shoot. the best of their three attempts on target in the first half.
The hot, heavy match led to a half-hour hydration break. As Chicago came out of the break, defenseman Casey Krueger’s shot attempt forced Kansas City goalie Adriana Franch to a save, and the team reset for a corner kick.
The decisive goal came for Chicago from a free kick in the 36th minute, with midfielder Woldmoe connecting on a header into the box.
Chicago remained active in the attack after the opening goal, winning more corners and closing the half with more shot attempts as the two teams even managed their duels with 28.
Second half position
Kansas City made several adjustments to start the second half, bringing in Mallory Weber, Gabby Vincent and Hallie Mace for Katie Bowen, Desiree Scott and Kristen Hamilton. The change in personnel didn’t have an impact on things initially as Chicago continued their attack, with a 46th-minute first chance from Kealia Watt coming right past the goal.
Kansas City attempted to play in midfield in an attempt to mingle with the game, but failed to break through Chicago’s defense before making an extra sub just before the hour mark, passing Chile Logarzo through. for Addie McCain.
The move was unsuccessful as the Red Stars extended their lead just past the hour mark, taking advantage of another free-kick opportunity, as Woldmoe scored on goal again.
Johnson put the game on ice with a third goal for Chicago in the 81st minute after a Watt cross found the Mexico international for a header into the box. Chicago’s victory comes after a three-game winless skid and was their first multi-goal game since August 1.
The Red Stars’ victory puts them in third place, with the league returning to play on Sunday. Chicago will be on the road to face NJ / NY Gotham FC on September 4. Kansas City NWSL will host North Carolina Courage on September 5.