In the middle of the mob is Orland Park native and Chicago Red Stars defender Tatumn Milazzo, who may have tapped in a goal that was ruled an own-goal in her team’s 3-1 victory over the OL Reign. Photo by Jeff Vorva
Two more own-goals help vault Red Stars into second place
By Jeff Vorva
For a few hours on July 18, the Chicago Red Stars were in first place.
After a 3-1 victory over the OL Reign in front of an announced crowd of 3,301 at SeatGeek Stadium improved their record to 5-4-2, the Stars were on top of the NWSL world with 17 points.
A few hours later, Portland beat Orlando, 2-1, to grab first place; but considering that on June 26, Chicago was 2-4-2 after a 3-0 loss to Racing Louisville and were in eighth-place in the 10-team league, this was a huge jump.
“As you can see, this year it’s going to be a super-tight table,” Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo said. “It’s going to be constantly changing. We’re excited to be there but there is a lot of work ahead.
Chicago coach Rory Dames is happy a three-game win streak vaulted the team from eighth to second, but the final eight games of the 24-game regular season will be when he starts to take notice.
“When we get into that last third, I’ll start worrying about the table,” he said. “I know that it’s packed. In this league, everything goes in ebbs and flows.”
The Red Stars set a strange NSWL record by scoring two more own goals, which came in the 48th and 55th minute. They have a league-record-breaking five own-goals, all which have come in the past three games.
Mallory Pugh forced the first own goal to go off of the Reign’s Celia Jimenez Delgado. Pugh’s corner kick caused a second own goal, although both Pugh and Rory Dames said the goal should have gone to defender Tatumn Milazzo, who was right in front of the net and appeared to have tapped it in.
Dames said he would have the league review it. The NSWL could reverse the decision and give Milazzo, an Orland Park native and Andrew graduate, her first career goal.
For now, the Red Stars have the weird own-goal record and the season is almost at the halfway point for them. The team has 11 goals – six credited to the Stars and five own-goals.
“Goals are goals,” Dames said. “As long as the ball goes in their goal and not ours, I don’t care who gets it.
“I didn’t know ‘own goal’ would be our leading scorer. Cheapest goal scorer we ever had.”
Pugh scored the third goal of the game in the 64th minute, and in doing so became the first Red Star with more than one goal this season. She is the first to be credited with an offensive goal since June 19, when Morgan Gautrat scored in extra time of a 1-1 tie with Washington in Bridgeview.
The Reign (3-6-1), which entered the game tied with Portland for the NWSL-lead in goals in the first 15 minutes with four, did it again Sunday when Bethany Balcer scored her fourth goal of the year and second against the Red Stars this season in the 12th minute.
10,000 Club gets bigger
DiBernardo became the sixth player in NSWL history to pass the 10,000-minute mark with the same club. She is the first Red Stars athlete to play that many minutes for the team.
“Ten thousand minutes – that’s crazy,” Pugh said. “I’ve always hated playing against (her). She’s all over the field all of the time.”
DeBernardo wasn’t the only player to hit the milestone in the contest.
Chicago’s Kaelia Watt, who assisted on Pugh’s goal against the Reign, also hit the 10,000 milestone. She has also played for Houston.
Former Red Star Sofia Huerta passed that mark late in the game for the OL Reign.
The Red Stars have a rematch against New York/New Jersey Gotham (4-1-4) at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
In the second game of the season, the two teams had a 0-0 draw in Bridgeview.
Gotham is unbeaten in six straight games after beating Washington, 3-2, on Sunday. Margaret Purce scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the 76th minute.
Olympics ready to roll
Gotham will be missing Carli Lloyd, Kailen Sheridan and Evelyne Veins against the Red Stars as that trio is playing in the Olympics, which starts Thursday. Lloyd, 39, it the oldest U.S. women’s soccer Olympian ever. Sheridan and Viens are playing for Canada.
The Red Stars have four in Olympic competition playing for the United States – Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Tierna Davidson and Casey Krueger.
Heading into this weekend’s action, here are the top seven teams in the 10-team NWSL:
Team W-L-T Points
Portland 6-3-1 19
Chicago 5-4-2 17
Houston 5-4-1 16
NY/NJ 4-1-4 16
Orlando 4-3-4 16
North Car. 5-4-1 16
Washington 4-3-3 15
Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars will miss three big guns during World Cup qualifying
By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Having world-class players on your team is a blessing. But during times like these, it can also be a curse. World-class players help NWSL teams win games. They also miss chunks of time during the season because of their commitments to playing in international competitions. For much of July, the…
Stagg grad Laila Barakat leaves her mark on program
By Randy Whalen Correspondent Laila Barakat entered her freshman year of high school basketball with a plan. She left as one of the most accomplished and successful players in Stagg girls basketball history. “Coming in my freshman year, I knew what goals I wanted to achieve,” said Barakat, who was a four-year varsity player for…
Area Sports Roundup: Lightning strikes at Shepard
By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer There was a lot of rain and a little bit of thunder at the Illinois Lightning Track and Field Club’s open track meet, which was held at Shepard on June 25. The meet was open to everyone, from children as young as 4 (one 3-year-old also participated) to adults. More…
Fundraiser is Sunday for Pathlights
Tinley Park nonprofit One Less to Help One More is hosting a special community fundraiser for Pathlights in honor of June’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Month from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, at Oberweis at 7202 W. 159th Street in Orland Park. For shoppers, 20% of your purchases will be donated…
Mail truck loses load on Harlem Avenue
By Bob Bong A U.S. Postal Service truck leaving a local post office spilled its load at Harlem Avenue and 103rd Street Tuesday morning. Palos Hills Police Deputy Chief Tony Carroccio said the truck was driving with its rear door open at 3 a.m. when it dropped packages all over Harlem Avenue near 103rd Street.…
Worth considering limits on tobacco stores
By Joe Boyle The Worth Village Board is considering establishing an ordinance that would put limits on where tobacco stores can operate in the village. Worth is not a home rule municipality and therefore cannot vote to put a limit on the amount of tobacco stores in the village. Greg Jones, the village attorney, is…
Orland Park smoke and vape shop looking for a lesser punishment
By Jeff Vorva Truly Blown Smoke and Vape appealed to the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees to lighten up a 30-day suspension for selling products to underage customers. The business was also fined and had its tobacco license suspended for 30 days during a June 1 hearing. The appeal was held on Monday,…
Palos Heights neighborhood pining to eliminate speeding
By Jeff Vorva Residents in the Palos Pines subdivision are worried for their safety and their children’s safety because cars are constantly racing through the Palos Heights neighborhood. Two people spoke up at Tuesday’s city council meeting and a third had an e-mail read to the council members. Also, other neighbors have been contacting police…
Update: Morrison, Gorman duking it out for county commissioner spot
By Jeff Vorva In what is one of the nastiest races around, Sean Morrison and Liz Gorman are duking it out for a commissioners’ spot on the Cook County Board. Gorman had the job in the 17th District from 2002-2015 but gave it up to work in the private sector. Morrison took over and had…
World Wiffle Ball Championship returning to south suburbs
The 43rd World Wiffle Ball Championship is returning to Memorial Park in south suburban Midlothian on July 16-17. “We’re excited to gear up for this year’s Championship at Memorial Park in Midlothian. We can’t wait to see old and new Wifflers alike this summer come together to beat some plastic,” said Mike Baniak, Commissioner of…
CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released an opinion overturning…
6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker
By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican voters in Illinois will choose from six candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker in the upcoming June 28 primary. The field includes a conservative farmer and state lawmakers who is the recent polling frontrunner, the mayor of Illinois’ second largest…
Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Illinois voters might know Alexi Giannoulias as the state’s treasurer from 2007 to 2011, or they might know him as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who lost to Republican Mark Kirk in 2010. He’s now looking to get back into public life as he runs for secretary…
Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released…
Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago City Clerk…
Republicans see opening in secretary of state race
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in nearly a quarter century, there is an open race for the office of Illinois secretary of state as incumbent Democrat Jesse White prepares to retire, and Republicans hope that will give them an opportunity to pick up a statewide elected office.…
Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to all of the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago…
Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A federal judge in Chicago handed down a one-year prison sentence Tuesday for a former state senator who once chaired the Senate Labor Committee. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of embezzlement for receiving salary and benefits from…
CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional. It was the second time the case of the People v. Vivian Brown came before the court and…
State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud
By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security blamed “insufficient and flawed federal guidance” and a lack of controls on a…