NAPERVILLE, Ill. (June 4, 2012) – In a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams still standing in the WPSL Elite League, the Chicago Red Stars got the better of the Boston Breakers with a 1-0 victory at North Central College Sunday night. Naperville native Michele Weissenhofer scored the lone goal of the game in the 34’ minute, with Lori Chalupny credited on the assist. Jamie Forbes once again held the shutout in goal for the Red Stars who move to 3-0-0 on the season.
Red Stars’ Head Coach Rory Dames was pleased with his group’s effort in only the third match of the season for the Red Stars. The Breakers have double that number of games on their record now and stand at 5-1-0.
“They’re (Boston) coming off a tough match on Friday (at FC Indiana) so it took them some time to get their legs,” he noted. “The 2nd half they came out and picked up the pace of their play and put us on our heels and we actually got stuck into having to defend a bit more than we would have liked. They got to a speed that we couldn’t quite catch up to, but I also think that’s partially because this is only our third game. We had said all along this feels like it wraps up our preseason, whereas they’re already playing in their 6th league game so they’re just a little bit farther ahead of us.”
The Red Stars may have gotten the better looks of the first half, but Boston was able to take control of the pace of the second half to keep it an even contest. In an exciting back-and-forth match, Red Stars’ Goalkeeper Jamie Forbes had her share of work for the evening to keep high-scoring Boston out of the net.
“I have to give credit to the back-line and the whole team effort,” remarked Forbes. “We’re the only team in the league without a goal against so that feels good moving forward.”
One of those back-line players also received the praise of Dames for her outstanding efforts against a lethal Boston front line.
“Michelle Wenino (Red Stars’ Defender) was fantastic and possibly the MVP of the match,” he stated. “She did an outstanding job for us defensively. Jamie (Forbes) also kept us very organized directing the back line. But you won’t beat Boston with just one or two players, it had to be a group effort.”
On the offensive side, it was the lucky left foot of forward, and hometown player, Michele Weissenhofer that secured a win for the Red Stars.
“I had an opportunity to score that I should have put in about 30 seconds prior to the actual goal,” she remembered. “I was still in the goal area after the missed shot, then Lori (Chalupny) got a piece of the ball on target that ricocheted back to me and I was able to put it in.”
“It was really fun to play in front of my hometown crowd and I’m grateful to all my friends, family, and fans that came out to see us today.”
The Red Stars have three upcoming matches in Chicagoland beginning this Friday, June 8rd vs. NY Fury at 6pm: Concordia University, River Forest, IL. Followed by Sunday, June 10th vs Chesapeake Charge at 3pm: North Central College, Naperville, IL. Individual tickets on sale now at www.chicagoredstars.com. Group tickets available by emailing email@example.com.
Shots: Chicago 14, Boston 11
Shots on Goal: Chicago 7, Boston 8
Fouls: Chicago 12, Boston 5
Corners: Chicago 4, Boston 4
Goals: Michele Weissenhofer 34’ (Assist by Lori Chalupny)
Chicago: Jamie Forbes (GK), Elise Addis, Michelle Wenino, Sammy Scofield, Jackie Santacaterina (Mary Therese McDonnell 73’), Jen Buczkowski, Julianne Sitch, Lori Chalupny, Alyssa Mautz (Amanda Cinalli 78’), Lauren Fowlkes (Vanessa DiBernardo 56’), Michele Weissenhofer (Shayla Mutz 78’)
Boston: Alice Binns (GK), Elli Reed, Cat Whitehill, Taryn Hemmings, Courtney Jones (Julie King 54’), Amanda DaCosta, Bianca D’Agostino, Leslie Osborne, Tameka Butt (Jess Luscinski 79’), Katie Schoepfer, Kyah Simon
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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