FC Gold Pride defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 on goals from veteran Tiffeny Milbrett and rookie Kelley O'Hara in a special red kit in support of the American Heart Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and strokes among women, plus special teal shoe laces to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, which is a cause very close the FC Gold Pride owner Nancy NeSmith.
The Pride were awarded a penalty kick in the 25th minute when Ifeoma Dieke pushed O'Hara inside the 18. The ref showed Dieke a red card after pointing to the spot. It seemed that the Pride would take the lead but goalkeeper Jillian Loyden saved Milbrett's weak shot to the left side.
Red Stars head coach Emma Hayes made some changes after the red card, subbing out Casey Nogueira for Natalie Spilger to add balance in the back line.
Just before halftime, Milbrett made up for the missed PK scoring the first goal for her team. O'Hara received a cross, touched it to Milbrett in the center of the box. Milbrett's half volley went straight to the cross bar and out, but she took the rebound, juggled the ball and then shot a volley into the back of the net.
O'Hara finished out the scoring for FC Gold Pride in the 78th minute when Kimberly Yokers fed a through ball to her on the right side of the box. O'Hara curved her shot around Loyden into the far side netting for her first WPS career goal.
"We have so many good players on this team that there's goals coming from all over the field," said O'Hara. "It feels great to finally score and I'm just excited that we're undefeated at home and just got a 2-0 win over a really good team."
O'Hara almost scored in the 90th minute, but her right-footed rocket bounced off the crossbar.
"We deserved the win the way we've been playing, we're getting better as the season goes on," said Pride head coach Albertin Montoya.
"We've sorted out things defensively, and we're creating a lot of chances. The next step is being able to put teams away early because everyone's so talented in this league that anything can happen, and fortunately things have gone our way so far."
Next week, FC Gold Pride will travel to Boston to take on the Breakers on May 14 at Harvard Stadium.
Photo Credit: Kelley Cox | ISI Photos