Ertz scores again in Red Stars shutout of Dash

Dan Lauletta May 6, 2017 45

Julie Ertz, lining up in her third different role in four games this season, scored for the second time to help the Red Stars upend the Dash 2-0 on Saturday in a reversal of the club’s Week 1 encounter. A Sarah Hagen own goal near the end of the opening 45 gifted the Red Stars the halftime lead and Ertz doubled in the 61st minute. The result left bot teams 2-2-0 (6 points) on the season.

Ertz made her third consecutive start in midfield but on this day the former Julie Johnston was in the hole sitting on top of the back four while usual defensive mid Danielle Colaprico was stationed on the left with. It was Colaprico who helped create the own goal.

Colaprico won a foul from Denise O’Sullivan and then lined up to serve in the free kick. She placed it well, to the far post and just about at the top of the six-yard box. Even with no Red Stars within a reasonable distance to play Colaprico’s service, confusion ensued in the box and Hagen went up inadvertently headed the ball into her own goal in the 44th minute.

Defensive issues played a role in Ertz’s goal as well. After Arin Gilliland and Kealia Ohai got caught up in a challenge, Christen Press ounced on the loose ball, easily beat Hagen, and drove a cross into the box from the right side. Nichelle Prince hustled over to deny a clear touch to Colaprico but as Dash players stood and watched, Ertz pounced and scored to make it 2-0.

The Dash’s best chance of the afternoon came on a ball over the top to Prince but Alyssa Naeher was up to the task and made a strong save. The Dash were buoyed by some late energy after Morgan Brian was subbed on for her 2017 debut. Brian had not played since suiting up for the U.S. in the final match of the SheBelieves Cup on March 7. They continued their streak though of following up wins with losses and ended a three-match road swing with 3 points. They’re back in Houston next weekend for the start of a home-and-home against Sky Blue FC.

The Red Stars, on the opposite track as the Dash following up losses with wins, made it two clean sheets at home to open 2017. They are back at Toyota Park next weekend for a Mother’s Day visit from the Boston Breakers.

  • DNG

    She didn’t play very long but Morgan Brian had a pretty big impact after coming on. Looked good in a more advanced role.

    • mockmook

      Looks like she could play a pretty good #10 role for Houston 😉

  • mockmook

    Appeared that the Colaprico ball ricocheted from Bruna to Hagen to goal.

    Regardless, Hagen needs to sit — slower than her peers in execution and in thought. Give Prince her place up top.

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  • guest

    JJErtz in the golden boot race… lolol

    • HOFCToDi

      Julie Johnston
      2017 NWSL Season
      Shots Attempted 08, Shots on Goal 4, Goals Scored 2

      Christen Press
      2017 NWSL Season
      Shots Attempted 19, Shots on Goal 7, Goals Scored 0
      Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

  • texan

    It’s tough to be a Dash fan… rotating personnel, Randy’s unpredictability… sigh.

    • goredstars

      Dash just aren’t that good. Daly and Ohai get shut down easily.

      • texan

        Um, what? You could say the same thing about Pressious Princess Press. A Red Stars defender is their top scorer right now. I think Randy is a bad coach, and has a negative effect like that of Gabarra on his players. Dash also have been dealing with injuries.

        • HOFCToDi

          Sarah Hagen has scored more goals for the Chicago Red Stars than Christen Press during the 2017 NWSL Season.

          Christen Press
          2017 NWSL Season
          Shots Attempted 19, Shots on Goal 7, Goals Scored 0
          Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

          • Steglitz49

            Sarah Hagen won the German Cup with Bayern Munich. She scored the first goal in their 2-0 defeat of the mighty Frankfurt in the final,

  • Ando91881

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c5c39c60671f64599eb99cc1a23dd6da21eb1f6c369b5651db3d3c05a587446.jpg

    Chicago baseball teams are 13-13 at home this season. Chicago Red Stars are 2-0 at home this season. Now, if only they could get more than 2,000 butts in the seats for a game…

    • Observed

      Mascot showing actual attendance today.

    • Reality
      • Bruce

        Reported attendance 2,100. Actual was closer to 1,000.

        Official reports that 500 tickets were given away through youth team promotion.

        Astonishingly bad.

        • Reality

          500 paid customers! How long can they afford to stay at Toyota Park?

          • Silver Frost

            I suspect a subsidy from Paulson or Lifetime.

          • Reality

            You forgot to add a 🙂 to your comment. 🙂

        • Ando91881

          Do the Red Stars have any idea on how many actual soccer players there are in suburban Chicago middle schools and high schools? Not just female, but male as well. They shouldn’t limit themselves to one gender. There have to be a ton of middle school age or high school age soccer players at high schools.

          • Steglitz49

            Boys don’t watch WoSo. Maybe when they are 16 and starting to lust after female flesh, not soccer.

      • NYRick

        The franchise simply has to move. Most small towns in America draw this many fans for Little League baseball games. Enough, the experiment is over. Chicago is a great sport city but they are not coming out for women’s soccer. Blame the team’s promotional ability, blame the location, blame whatever, but the league has to step in and move the franchise. It’s embarrassing because the team has talented players.

        • Reality

          Hi Rick…it is very troubling to see this happening in one of the major metro sports markets in America not only for Red Stars, but also for the NWSL. Combine that with the migration of NWSL players overseas and it clouds the outlook for WOSO here in the States.

          There are many factors involved here as to the poor attendance, but I would like to see a total revamp of management or even ownership of CRS before the Chicago venue is abandoned. Unfortunately, there are no mechanisms in place to implement such reforms. The owners are in charge and, in this particular case, it ain’t working.

          • Steglitz49

            Get out of Chicago now. Not even your favorite Press can pack them in and stack them high.

        • Steglitz49

          It is Chicago, not the team.

    • Bruce

      I was there yesterday. No way there were more than 1,000 in the seats.

      It was sad.

      • DNG

        Team might have to move at some point if the ownership group doesn’t get it together. I understand that it’s a tough location to get to for fans but they shouldn’t be going backwards.

    • There are multiple street festivals in Chicago every single weekend during the summer. Some of the best-attended, most family-friendly festivals are the ones celebrating Latino heritage or in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods.

      Instead of giving out 500 tickets to soccer clubs, they could easily have a booth at these festivals and hand out tickets as giveaways or prizes. Hell, they had a Cinco de Mayo festival AT TOYOTA PARK last week. Assuming they didn’t have booths there for the Chicago Fire and/or Red Stars, their marketing team should be fired.

      • Steglitz49

        Maybe Chicagoans do not give a fig leaf for WoSo. They are satiated and gorged on other sports.

        Just look at the sports pages of US dailies! How much — i.e. little — mention soccer gets, let alone WoSo.

  • AlexH

    Disappointed that the only goal scored by a forward in this game was an own goal. Both Press and Ohai had a run in behind the defense an showed absolutely no aggression or killer instinct.

    Ertz played well again. Jill needs to give her a run out in the central midfield if for no other reason than to light a fire under the incumbents.

    • texan

      JJ is a killer. I’m not sure how she fits in on the NT, though. She would be in competition for DM with Mewis, I guess… but I think Mewis is also very good and an aerial/scoring threat.

      • Guest

        Mewis is also faster and better with the ball at her feet.

        • WosoFanatic

          No question. JJ is definitely an impact player, but Sam is a clear choice if you are going to bring it out on the ground.

          • AlexH

            I think that Mewis is better than JJ in that position but that’s what competition is for. Besides there is no reason that both cant be on the field at the same time. All that would be required is that JE show some imagination……Never mind, disregard, ain’t gonna happen.

          • guest

            they can be on the field at the same time, but not both at DM (IMO their ideal positions). I think Menges is a better CB than JJ, Long (LOL that experiment is over, right?), and Sonnett. IMO she’s one of the best CB’s in the league. Jill sees differently, I guess.

          • DNG

            Menges has issues just like all the other potential CB prospects.

          • guest

            ok, I don’t get your point though. Every player has “issues” except maybe the NT rock Becky, but age is becoming her issue.

          • AlexH

            JJ also played forward before Jill decided her worst position was her best position. She could make a great Target forward. She does seem to have a talent for getting a body part on the ball so maybe she is the WNT version of Miroslav Klose.

          • mockmook

            “but not both at DM ”

            4-2-3-1 ????

  • A_Dog_Without_A_Clutch

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  • guest

    Could someone please explain the Press yellow card. Please.

    • Paul Klee

      Probably given in error for the Mautz foul, but it could have been for delaying restart as she did tap the ball away after the foul.

  • guest

    Contrary to prediction, Press isn’t leading the league in goals, but she IS leading the league in yellow cards. What a time to be alive!

    • anon

      Weird world; parallel universe. I blame Donald Trump.

  • Guest

    Chicago needs to do something about their attendance. How does it get worse every year?

    • Steglitz49

      No interest in WoSo in greater Chicago. Sell the franchise south.