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Huerta, Walls score to keep Chicago unbeaten

Sofia Huerta scored twice for her first professional goals to lift the Chicago Red Stars past the Boston Breakers, 3-0 on Saturday at Toyota Park to keep the Red Stars unbeaten in 2015. Fellow rookie Cara Walls also scored her first professional goal in the victory.

After a scoreless first half, Huerta opened the scoring in the 57th minute after being slipped in behind by Vanessa DiBernardo. The goal was the first for Huerta, who was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 NWSL Draft. Huerta scored 47 goals in four seasons at Santa Clara University.

Her second professional goal came in quick order. Huerta got on the end of a cross from fellow rookie Arin Gilliland in the 82nd minute, providing the insurance goal to lead Chicago to a 3-0-1 record and atop the NWSL table with 10 points.

Walls claimed the most impressive tally of the night, spinning her defender on a wonderful turn and hammering a shot just under the crossbar to beat Breakers goalkeeper Jami Kranich. Chicago selected Walls with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Chicago finishes a four-game homestand unbeaten to start the season. Saturday was the team’s first match without its U.S. international players, including leading goalscorer Christen Press, who tallied four goals in three games before leaving for the United States’ pre-World Cup camp.

The Red Stars hit the road for the first time on Friday when they visit the Houston Dash.

Boston (1-3-0, 3 pts.) remains at the bottom of the table.



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