June 18, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Red Stars move to top
CHICAGO RED STARS 3, BOSTON BREAKERS 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Sofia Huerta scored two goals, leading the Chicago Red Stars to a 3-0 win over the Boston Breakers at Toyota Park Saturday night..
Chicago (5-1-3, 18 points) scored in the third minute as Huerta redirected a ball from Vanessa DiBernardo past Libby Stout.
Huerta scored in the 47th minute, firing from just inside the penalty area to the far corner.
In the 62nd minute, Casey Short, slid in to redirect a pass from DiBernardo for the third goal.
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WASHINGTON SPIRIT 2, ORLANDO PRIDE 0
BOYDS, Md. ---Two first half goals led the Washington Spirit to a 2-0 win over the Orlando Pride in front of a capacity crowd at Maryland SoccerPlex.
In the 49th minute, with the sellout crowd of 5,750 rising to their feet to applaud, the ball was passed back to Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and the two teams paused play for 60 seconds to honor the 49 victims of last weekend’s tragedy in Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Both teams also donned purple #OrlandoUnited shirts during opening ceremonies.
Washington (5-1-2, 17 pts) opened the scoring nine minutes into the match after Alyssa Kleiner sent a low cross into the box from the left side. The ball found Estefania Banini in the middle and the Argentinian midfielder beat one Pride defender before tucking the ball into the right side netting to make it 1-0.
Orlando (4-5-0, 12 pts) defender Steph Catley came within inches from leveling the match in the 15th minute after Alex Morgan was taken down by Shelina Zadorsky just outside the penalty area. With the sun setting in Stephanie Labbé’s eyes, Catley used her left leg to bend the ball around Washington’s four-player wall but it sailed just wide of the left post.
The home team doubled its lead just before halftime when Francisca Ordega stole the ball from Laura Alleway on a tackle that caused the Australian to exit the game early. After muscling Alleway off the ball, Ordega took the ball in alone on Harris with Pressley attempting a last-minute block, but the forward chipped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.
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