Women's Soccer News: CHICAGO RED STARS HOME SATURDAY VS PHILLY FEVER IN WPSL ELITE MATCH
The Chicago Red Stars will begin the final stretch of the season tomorrow night in Evanston at Northwestern’s Lakefront Field when they take on the Philly Fever at 6pm. With just 4 games remaining in the WPSL Elite regular season, the Red Stars are tied for first place with the Boston Breakers.
The last time Philly and Chicago met was on June 24th in Egg Harbor, NJ. Philly came out swinging, scoring a goal in just the 3rd minute of the game. But the Red Stars would settle-in and find a rhythm, eventually outlasting them 4-1, with two goals by Julianne Sitch, and a goal each by Lori Chalupny and Alyssa Mautz. Philly is coming off a 2-0 win on Thursday night at FC Indiana, while the Red Stars are looking to bounce back from just their second loss of the season, which they suffered in Boston last weekend.
The Boston Breakers caused heartbreak for the Red Stars when they overcame a scoring deadlock in the 89th minute of the match to steal a 1-0 win from a Kyah Simon goal. The Red Stars would have taken comfortable sole-possession of 1st place with a win or a tie. Each team’s record stands at 8-2-0, with Chicago having a mere 1-goal lead on overall goal differential.
This sequence of events has set-up a potentially exciting outcome for the remainder of the season with each win, and each goal, carrying extra weight. The top 4 out of 8 teams in the league will take part in the WPSL Elite Championship series to be played in Rochester, NY, at the home of WNY Flash. The Red Stars will be looking for redemption on that field, as they suffered a lopsided 0-3 loss there earlier this season.
Semifinals between the 2 & 3 seed and the 1 & 4 seed will be played on Wednesday, July 25th, at 5pm and 8pm ET, with the Final to take place on Saturday, July 28th, at 1pm ET. It is anticipated that all matches will be live webcast.
The Red Stars may have an extra advantage with the addition of Forward Ella Masar, who made her long awaited debut in last weekend’s loss to the Breakers. With her second half appearance she gave the Red Stars one of their best looks of the night when she put a shot off the top crossbar.
“It’s been long overdue for me to be able to play in front of my home crowd,” she said. “I will be playing this Saturday for my father, family, and fans. It’s such an honor to have that flag on my shirt and as long as I get to wear it I will play with the pride it represents.”
Tickets for both matches are available online now: $15 for Preferred Seating (only available online in advance of match), $10 General Admission (available online and at the gate) at chicagoredstars.com. Group discounts are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The match will be live webcast beginning at 5:50pm. Link available at Red Stars website.
The WPSL Elite League is new in 2012. The 8-team league is ASA Chesapeake Charge, Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Indiana, New England Mutiny, New York Fury, Philadelphia Fever, and WNY Flash.
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