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Red Stars Handed First Loss of Season at WNY

Alyssa Mautz takes on McCall Zerboni.

Rochester, NY (June 14, 2012) – Playing their third match in just six days, the Red Stars were not able to overcome a 0-1 first half deficit at WNY, eventually falling 0-3 on the road last night.  While the score was relatively lopsided, the Red Stars players and coaches were not dwelling on their first loss of the season.

“We were challenged tonight,” remarked Red Stars’ midfielder Julianne Sitch. “We gave up a few goals but there are things we can always learn from and take away from every game.”

The first half was a relatively even contest, but WNY struck first on a Katy Frierson goal in the 29th minute.  That score would hold up until the 70th and 74th minutes of the game when WNY found back-to-back goals by Adriana and Omolyn Davis and sealed up their home win.

“The fact that it was our 3rd game in 6 days definitely showed,” said Red Stars’ Head Coach Rory Dames.  “We had a very difficult time keeping possession of the ball with the pressure they put us under. That’s partially due to the work-rate of WNY and partially due to going through a tough stretch of our schedule and still trying to gain our match fitness.”

“One of the most important things we had to take from this game was an improvement in our overall game fitness. Once we finish off this first part of the schedule we can go back and train some more and pick up the pace of how we play. We’ll reorganize our attack and it will definitely be beneficial for us at the end of the year.”

“We didn’t play our best tonight,” said Red Stars captain Lori Chalupny. “They gave us some problems and exposed some weaknesses. This is a great opportunity to learn from mistakes and improve as a team. We look forward to the next time we play them (at home).”

Red Stars’ midfielder and co-captain Jen Buczkowski had similar sentiments as her teammates.

“It wasn’t a good performance tonight, but we learned a lot of areas we need to improve on. Overall, they outplayed us tonight and we need to regroup and move on to get three points on Saturday (against visiting NE Mutiny).”

“I hate losing, but we went after the game and tried to find an equalizing goal,” went on Sitch. “We will learn from this and take away the positives and negatives and make it better for the next game.”

“If we can come out of this stretch with 9 points in 4 games, then the players have done a really good job and we’ll be prepared to finish off the 2nd part of the league schedule,” said Dames.

The final game of that stretch is this Saturday at 6pm when the Red Stars will meet NE Mutiny at Lakeside Field on the campus of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Individual tickets on sale now at www.chicagoredstars.com: $15 Preferred and $10 General Admission. Discounted group tickets available by emailing info@chicagoredstars.com.

STATS:
Shots: WNY 6, Chicago 2
Fouls: WNY 10, Chicago 7
Corners: WNY 4, Chicago 1
Cards: Lauren Alkek (12’), Omolyn Davis (68’)
Goals: WNY Katy Frierson 29’ (Assisted by Omolyn Davis), WNY Adriana 70’ (Assisted by McCall Zerboni), WNY Omolyn Davis 74’ (Assisted by Alex Sahlen)

LINEUPS:
Chicago
: Jamie Forbes GK, Lauren Alkek (Zoey Goralski 72’), Jackie Santacaterina (Alexandra Heller 72’), Sammy Scofield, Michelle Wenino (Nicole Lipp 46’), Jen Buczkowski, Lori Chalupny, Alyssa Mautz, Lauren Fowlkes (Shayla Mutz 57’), Michele Weissenhofer

WNY: Ali Lipsher GK, McCall Zerboni (Keara Thompson 88’), Alex Sahlen, Katherine Reynolds, Tori Huster, Nikki Marshall, Angela Salem, Emily VanEgmond, Omolyn Davis (Donna-Kay Henry 80’), Adriana (Laura Heyboer 80’), Katy Frierson (Jodi-Ann Robinson 75’)

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.

Join our mailing list at www.chicagoredstars.com for details and follow the team on twitter @chicagoredstars and facebook.com/chicagoredstars.

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