The Westfield W-League’s 12-week season officially kicked off last weekend, and with Chicago sending eight players to the outback to represent the NWSL this year–the most of any team–we will be keeping you updated on how some of your favorite Red Stars perform overseas.
The opening round of Westfield W-League saw Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory FC splitting points after a six-goal game. The final score line ended in 3-3, with Chicago Red Stars making an impact on the exciting opening match.
Danielle Colaprico, Sofia Huerta, and Katie Naughton all earned their first start with the club. All three Red Stars played the full 90 minutes in the match. Naughton showed off her height and made her presence felt with opportunities on set pieces. She recorded six interceptions and eight clearances in her debut with the club.
Recording several successful passes throughout the game, Colaprico served a long ball through to Huerta, who was then awarded an assist after Adriana Jones netted a goal for Adelaide.
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Melbourne Victory FC
Samantha Johnson started and played the 90 minutes for Melbourne Victory. Johnson had an active defensive game, recording five clearances and five defensive recoveries. She collected a yellow card for a foul on Huerta, normally one of her teammates back home in Chicago.
The Newcastle Jets lost a tough match, going down 1-0 to Melbourne City FC. Arin Gilliland started the match as a midfielder, collecting four shots along with six interceptions, and played the full 90 for her team.
Jen Hoy nearly played the entire match, but she was subbed out in the 89′ minute. Hoy recorded two shots with one on goal before she left the field.
Perth Glory opened their season with a 4-2 victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers. Alyssa Mautz started the match and played a full 90 minutes for Perth. While Mautz recorded two shots with one on goal, her best contribution came on a well-served ball into the box that was deflected off the Wanderers keeper toward Samantha Kerr, who netted the goal.
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Vanessa DiBernardo was subbed on for Carla Bennett in the 61′ minute and recorded one shot while contributing in distribution for the team.
Upcoming games featuring Chicago Red Stars
- Perth Glory vs Brisbane Roar, November 12 at Dorrien Gardens.
- Melbourne Victory vs Newcastle Jets, November 12 at Lake Side stadium.