Sunday’s action at the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup didn’t provide much to get excited about, although Casey Short’s goal in the 85th minute to lift the Chicago Red Stars past the Utah Royals offered a brief counter-narrative.
Short’s tally — one she was probably due, after being dragged down in the box a few minutes earlier, and putting a good look on goal right at Utah goalkeeper Abby Smith — gave the Red Stars their first victory of the Challenge Cup and dragged them out of last place, also known as the position stuck facing the North Carolina Courage in the quarterfinals. In that sense, it was mission accomplished for the Red Stars.
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