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Red Stars, KC tie in rare preseason NWSL meeting

Alyssa Mautz (left) scored for Chicago in a 1-1 preseason draw vs. FC Kansas City. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti)

Alyssa Mautz (left) scored for Chicago in a 1-1 preseason draw vs. FC Kansas City. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti)FC Kansas City and the Chicago Red Stars played to a 1-1 draw in a preseason match at St. Louis Soccer Park on Saturday in the first meeting of two NWSL teams in 2014.

Alyssa Mautz opened the scoring for Chicago in the 51st minute when she beat Blues goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, but Melissa Henderson’s 83rd minute equalizer ensured the neutral crowd of some 2,300 fans saw a tie. Jen Buczkowski sent in the cross for finishing by Henderson, who had entered the game about 30 minutes earlier.

While neither team’s lineup was near 100 percent (especially Chicago, who are without Christen Press for a TBD amount of time longer, depending on Champions League results), there were enough starters on the field to look at Saturday’s game as more than just a scrimmage. Here are the lineups:

FC Kansas City
Barnhart, Robinson, Sauerbrunn, Phillips, Kallman, Buczkowski, Rodriguez, Holiday, Tymrak, Bogus, Marlborough

Chicago Red Stars
LeBlanc, Morway, Johnston, Wenino, Quon, Chalupny, Sitch, DiBernardo, Mautz, Leon, Brock

Matheson, Weimer lift Spirit past UNC

Goals from Diana Matheson and Tiffany Weimer helped the Washington Spirit defeat NCAA powerhouse North Carolina 2-0 on Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex. More to come on this match soon. Ali Krieger and Cecilie Sandvej entered the match in the second half, but here is the starting lineup for Washington:

(C) T.Huster, T.Pressley, Y.Averbuch, C.Nairn, R. Cuellar, T.Weimer, C.Jones, M.Morris, B.Sierra, J.Angeli, D.Adams

Dash top in-state foe Texas A&M

Kealia Ohai, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, scored the lone goal in the 7th minute on Saturday to lift the expansion side Houston Dash past Texas A&M in preseason. The Dash defeated Rice University 4-0 on Wednesday for their first-ever competitive win.

Here’s how Houston lined up:

Erin McLeod (Bianca Henninger 46); Arianna Romero, Holly Hein* (Anisa Guajardo* 75), Emilee O’Neill* (Marissa Diggs 46), Nikki Washington (Jordan Jackson 59); Brittany Bock (Tori McCombs* 65), Jordan Jackson (Teresa Noyola 46), Becky Edwards (Dominique Richardson* 65); Tiffany McCarty (Kealia Ohai 63, Sara Campbell* 75), Ella Masar (Lindsay Elston* 56), Kealia Ohai (Stephanie Ochs 46)


Lloyd lifts Flash past West Virginia

U.S. international midfielder Carli Lloyd scored once in each half to lift the Western New York Flash past West Virginia University 2-0 on Saturday. Lloyd opened the scoring in the 24th minute when she ripped a shot from 20 yards out, and she added an insurance goal on a bending free-kick in the final seconds.

The Flash have one more preseason game, a split match on April 5 in which they will play one half against Syracuse University and one against Colgate University in Syracuse.


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