The Boston Breakers overcame a one-goal deficit to earn a draw against the Chicago Red Stars, 1-1, in front of a sold-out crowd in Chicago.
Stephanie McCaffrey was the hero for the Breakers in the 62nd minute. McCaffrey dribbled around two defenders and fired a strike past a diving Karina LeBlanc to the far post.
Eight minutes earlier, Lori Chalupny gave the first-place Red Stars a one-goal lead. In the U.S. midfielder’s first game back from the World Cup she took a pass from Taryn Hemmings, who had made a run down the byline. Hemmings fed Chalupny at the top of the goal and the 31-year-old one-timed her finish into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Kristie Mewis came close to providing the Breakers with the game-winning-goal in the 90th minute, but her shot was denied by LeBlanc.
Chicago nearly opened the scoring several times in the first half. In the fifth minute, Jen Hoy was stopped by Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher. Sofia Huerta hit the crossbar from close range in the 21st minute.
With the tie Chicago remains atop the NWSL league table with 22 points while the Breakers remain in eighth place.
Chicago Red Stars (6-1-4; 17 points) vs Boston Breakers (3-6-2=3: 11 points)
July 18, 2015 — Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Chicago Red Stars 0 1 1
Boston Breakers 0 1 1
CRS: Lori Chalupny (Taryn Hemmings) 54’
BOS: Stephanie McCaffrey 62′
BOS: Katie Schoepfer (caution) 63′
CHI: Adriana Leon (caution) 75′
CRS: Karina LeBlanc, Taryn Hemmings, Abby Erceg, Samantha Johnson, Arin Gilliland, Lori Chalupny (Rachel Quon, 61′), Vanessa DiBernardo, Danielle Colaprico, Alyssa Mautz (Adrianna Leon, 67′), Sofia Huerta, Jen Hoy (Shannon Boxx, 84′)
BOS: Alyssa Naeher, Kassey Kallman, Julie King, Maddy Evans, Amy Barczuk (Morgan Marlborough, 86′), Mollie Pathman, Bia (Lauren Lazo, 80′), Kristie Mewis, Kyah Simon, Stephanie McCaffrey (Rafinha, 72′), Katie Schoepfer