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Last home game a winner for Red Stars

By Alison Moran

What a way to end a season at home. It was a perfect night for a cool game of soccer, with temperatures in the upper 50s and no rain dampening the field.

In front of 4,488 of the Red Stars’ faithful at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, the Chicago Red Stars defeated KC 2-1 on Oct. 16. With the three points earned for the win, the Red Stars are now a virtual lock to make the NWSL playoffs.

And they were helped by KC themselves. In the 34th minute, KC’s Tierna Davidson’s shot took multiple deflections, but an errant header from Kristin Edmonds sent the ball into the net. Unfortunately, it was their own net, and the Red Stars were first on the board. The goal was credited to Edmonds.

This wasn’t the first time this season that own goals have helped the Red Stars — this is the fifth time that own goals have contributed to the Red Stars ‘overall goal total this season.

But three minutes later, the momentum shifted to KC, as Hallie Mace got a header on the ball off of a corner to equalize the game.

In the second half, the momentum stayed with KC until the 50th minute, when Kealia Watt, received a pass from Mal Pugh’s breakaway, setting up forward Makenzy Doniak to slot the ball into the net to regain the lead for the Red Stars.

“I think we’re peaking at just the right time,” said defender Arin Wright, who eclipsed the 10,000-minute mark in her NWSL career last weekend. Wright, who is playing in her first full season since the birth of her son, was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year and played her first games as a professional in her home state of Kentucky during the inaugural Women’s Cup.

As eager as they are to find out if they are making the playoffs, the Red Stars will have to wait. Following the upcoming international break, the Red Stars will close out the regular season against the Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium on Friday, October 29.

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