A 25th minute goal by Lori Chalupny held up for the game-winner as the Chicago Red Stars beat the visiting Boston Breakers, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. The loss sends Boston’s record to 3-3-3. It was a tough end for a three-games-in-eight-day stretch for the Breakers, who began the run June 1 with a 5-1 loss at Sky Blue FC and then drew, 2-2, with the Western New York Flash Wednesday, June 5, at home.
"We should’ve been able to take a point on the road," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said after Sunday’s loss. "It was a physical game where players’ energy and hard work dictated play. We’ve been on the road for two of the last three games, and obviously you see that in our play. We got a little outworked, but did enough to get a point on the road. It’ll be good to get home and get back at it."
The Breakers are in fourth place, pending the outcome of tonight’s Seattle Reign vs. FC Kansas City match (10 p.m. ET in Seattle). A Kansas City win pushes Boston down to fifth place.
The Red Stars (2-4-2) moved up to sixth place with today’s win, leapfrogging the Washington Spirit, who are now in seventh place with a 1-4-3 record.
Less than 10 minutes after Chalupny gave the Red Stars the lead, off an assist by Julianne Sitch, she put another dangerous shot on goal. This time it was snared by Breakers keeper Ashley Phillips. The Breakers didn’t get too many opportunities of their own in the first half as the Chicago defenders smothered Breakers attacking midfielder and playmaker Lianne Sanderson, holding the league leader in assists to just a couple touches in the first half. One ball she did get, Sanderson nearly notched her eighth assist of the season, slipping a pass through to Sydney Leroux in the box, but Leroux’s shot was stopped by Chicago keeper Erin McLeod.
Leroux appeared to have equalized in the 65th minute, taking a cross from Katie Schoepfer and striking it on target. The ball hit the underside of the bar and looked to have crossed the line, but it was waved off by the referee.
The Breakers, who are unbeaten at home (2-0-2), return to Dilboy Stadium in Somerville on Sunday, June 16, against Sky Blue FC. It’s the first regular season trip to Dilboy for the New Jersey club. The two teams played a preseason friendly at Dilboy in March. Tickets for Sunday’s game, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, are available by visiting www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.
On Saturday, June 15, the U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. You can purchase tickets here.