EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. (APRIL 4, 2009) – Lindsay Tarpley’s goal in the 78th minute lifted the Chicago Red Stars to victory in the team’s inaugural game, a 1-0 win over Saint Louis Athletica Saturday night in front of 5,008 fans at Ralph Korte Stadium.
Defender Marian Dalmy picked up the assist on the game’s lone tally in a match the Red Stars played largely in their own half of the pitch. Pushing forward along the right flank, Dalmy served a dangerous, dipping ball just over the back line to Tarpley, who ran into the box and volleyed the ball with her left foot to the far right post. The ball sailed past outstretched Athletica keeper Hope Solo and into the net.
“It happened so fast,” Tarpley said after the match. “Marian played a great ball into the box and I made a back post run and got through, and I was just there to finish it off.”
It was just the second shot after intermission for Chicago, which was outshot 15-7 by Athletica in the match. Both teams managed four shots on goal, with Red Stars keeper Caroline Jönsson recording all four saves. Athletica keeper Hope Solo stopped three shots.
Athletica had several chances to earn a draw late in the match on a series of fouls called deep in the Chicago end. The best scoring opportunity came in the 90th minute, when Red Stars defender Nikki Krzysik was whistled for a foul on Athletica’s Lori Chalupny. The Chicago defense blocked Daniela’s free kick, but couldn’t clear the ball out of danger. Lisa Stoia was able to track down the loose ball and fire off a shot, which Jönsson snared. Danger averted, the Red Stars controlled the ball for the final two minutes of extra time to earn the franchise’s first win.
“For the girls today I think there was an awful lot of emotion and anxiety coming into the game,” said Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes. “I thought they did well. You come away from home and defend like that; I think we deserved to nick the winner in the end.”
The Red Stars nearly got on the board in the 45th minute. Dalmy played the ball to Carli Lloyd who fired a hard shot from the right side of the box. Solo made the initial save but the ball popped free in the air directly at Lindsay Tarpley, who headed a sharp drive straight back at the goal. Solo made the second save and wrapped up the ball off the second chance.
The first half was controlled by Athletica’s offense. Saint Louis recorded eight shots to Chicago’s four in the first half, including an early chance in the eighth minute. Lori Chalupny found Angie Woznuk free on the right side of the box, and the midfielder hammered a shot to the upper right corner that Jönsson was able to parry away.
Chicago’s first shot on goal in franchise history came in the 25th minute. Karen Carney took a run on the right side from just past midfield all the way into the box before firing a ball that Solo briefly bobbled before corralling.
Jönsson made another strong save in the 40th minute off an Athletica corner. Melissa Tancredi sent a header on goal off the corner kick from Kerri Hanks, but again Jönsson denied the opportunity.
The Red Stars return to action Saturday, April 11th at Washington Freedom. The game will be played at Washington’s RFK Stadium.
CHI – Tarpley, 1 (Dalmy, 1) 78th
GOALS 1 2 Total
Chicago 0 1 1
Saint Louis 0 0 0
SHOTS 1 2 Total
Chicago 4 3 7
Saint Louis 8 7 15
SOG 1 2 Total
Chicago 3 1 4
Saint Louis 3 1 4
SAVES 1 2 Total
Chicago 3 1 4
Saint Louis 3 0 4
CORNERS 1 2 Total
Chicago 2 0 2
Saint Louis 3 2 5
OFFSIDES 1 2 Total
Chicago 0 0 0
Saint Louis 0 1 1
FOULS 1 2 Total
Chicago 4 10 14
Saint Louis 4 4 8
CHI: Jonsson, Dalmy, Krzysik, Dieke, Ostberg, Klein, Lloyd, Tarpley, Carney, Rapinoe (Adams, 68th), Masar
STL : Solo, Ellertson (Gray, 65th), McNeill, Larsson, Tancredi, Woznuk, Stoia, Chalupny, Daniela, Aluko (Francielle, 84th), Hanks
Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars