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Red Stars turn table on Kansas City

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The Red Stars turned the table on FC Kansas City, beating the Blues four days after losing to them. (Photo copyright Patricia Giobetti |

Chicago’s pair of Germans each scored and Ella Masar got on the board for the first time this year as the Red Stars beat FC Kansas City 3-1 on Sunday at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan., four days after FC Kansas City defeated Chicago in Lisle, Ill.

Masar scored the eventual game-winner in the 58th minute after tapping in a ball from defender Taryn Hemmings, who had charged forward from her center back position. German defender Sonja Fuss scored the clincher in second half stoppage time, burying a penalty kick drawn by captain Lori Chalupny, who was taken down in the box.

FC Kansas City’s Renae Cuellar scored in the third minute to give FC Kansas City the early lead. Lacking any width, Chicago allowed Kansas City right back Merritt Mathias to dribble 50 yards up the right flank. She played the ball inside and it eventually worked its way back out to Courtney Jones, whose cross found an unmarked Cuellar.

Three minutes later, Jones pushed a right-footed shot just wide of the far post after Erika Tymrak and Melissa Henderson combined well through the midfield. Tymrak has shined in the No. 10 role with the likes of Lauren Cheney, one of six Kansas City players missing on international duty. Things looked on track for the Blues, but the Red Stars had other ideas.

Three minutes after a having a would-be goal called back for a dangerous play (Taryn Hemmings’ shot was taken while she was laying on the turf), the Red Stars tied the game through German Inka Grings at the back post. Grings finished a cross from Chalupny and was left wide open by FC Kansas City.

Chicago (3-5-2, 11 pts.) pulls withing one point of Boston for fifth place.

Chicago Red Stars (3-5-2, 11pts) vs. FC Kansas City (5-4-1, 16pts)
June 16th, 2013 – Shawnee Mission District Stadium (Overland Park, KS)

Goals by Half 1          2          F
KC                                 1          0          1
CHI                               1          2           3

Scoring Summary
KC – Renae Cuellar (Courtney Jones) 3’
CHI – Inka Grings (Lori Chalupny) 28’
CHI – Ella Masar (Taryn Hemmings) 58’
CHI – Sonja Fuss (penalty kick) 90 2’

GK Taylor Vancil, Rachel Quon, Sonja Fuss, Taryn Hemmings, Michelle Wenino, Leslie Osborne (Jen Hoy 64’), Jackie Santacaterina, Julianne Sitch, Lori Chalupny, Ella Masar, Inka Grings (Lydia Vandenbergh 77’)
Subs not used: Kelsey Devonshire, Maribel Dominguez, Dinora Garza

Kansas City: GK Bianca Henninger, Leigh Ann Robinson, Katie Kelly, Nia Williams, Merritt Mathias, Sinead Farrelly, Jen Buczkowski, Erika Tymrak, Courtney Jones (Casey Loyd 46’), Melissa Henderson, Renae Cuellar
Subs not used: Jamie French, Missy Geha, Natalie Norris

Misconduct Summary:
CRS: Inka Grings (Yellow Card 42’)
KC: Nia Williams (Yellow Card 79‘)

Referee: Juliana Duncan
Assistant Referees: Felisha Mariscal, Kyle Atkins
Fourth Official: Brandon Marshall
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy


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