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Red Stars, Flash, Blues all win in preseason

Renae Cuellar scored the opening FC Kansas City goal in a 4-0 preseason win over Kansas. (Photo Copyright Thad Bell for www.womens.soccerly.com | http://www.tpbphoto.com/)

The Western New York Flash, Chicago Red Stars and FC Kansas City joined Portland Thorns FC and the Washington Spirit as victorious NWSL teams on a busy Saturday of preseason action.

Western New York defeated Ohio State 4-0 and FC Kansas City beat the University of Kansas by the same score. The Chicago Red Stars defeated WPSL Elite’s Houston Aces 2-1.

Those scores come in addition to the Spirit’s 2-0 win over NCAA champion North Carolina and Portland Thorns FC’s 2-1 victory over the University of Portland.

Western New York Flash 4-0 Ohio State

ELMA, N.Y. — Australian Sam Kerr scored the opening goal in the 42nd minute and Spanish international Adriana doubled the lead three minutes later. Mexican midfielder Veronica Perez assisted both goals.

Perez got on the board with a goal of her own in the 69th minute and Adriana finished the scoring in the 74th minute. The Flash host the University of North Carolina on Sunday, April 7, at noon at Sahlen’s Sports Park in Rochester, N.Y.

FC Kansas City 4-0 University of Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Casey Loyd scored a goal just days after agreeing to terms with FC Kansas City. That came in the 52nd minute and was the fourth of the evening for the Blues.

Mexican Renae Cuellar scored the opener in the 3rd minute and the Jayhawks suffered an own goal seven minutes later. Courtney Jones also scored from the penalty spot in the 34th minute.

Chicago Red Stars 2-1 Houston Aces

AUSTIN, Texas — Lori Chalupny scored twice to help the Red Stars end their Austin road trip with a victory over the WPSL Elite team. Houston scored in the 90th minute to break Chicago goalkeeper Taylor Vancil’s shutout.

Chicago faces Notre Dame on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET in South Bend, Ind.

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