Soccer·NWSL ROUNDUP

Current edge Red Stars to clinch semifinal berth in NWSL Challenge Cup

The Kansas City Current picked up a 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday and clinched a berth into the NWSL semifinals.

Angel City takes down Portland for 1st win; Houston beats Racing Louisville

Kansas City Current's Kristen Hamilton (18), Izzy Rodriguez (18), Desiree Scott (11) and Taylor Leach (24) celebrate after defeating the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday. (Amy Kontras/USA TODAY Sports)

The Kansas City Current picked up a 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday and clinched a berth into the NWSL semifinals.

Kansas City opened the scoring in the 50th minute as Alexis Loera got the goal which was assisted by Elyse Bennett. The lead wasn't for long, as Chicago tied the score just two minutes later as Saint-Charles-Borromée, Que., native Bianca St. Georges found the back of the net. The 24-year-old played all 90 minutes in the game.

Kristen Hamilton then buried what would be the game-winner in the 76th minute to improve the Current's record to 4-1-1. Their victory also clinched the top seed in the Central division. The Red Stars, meanwhile, fell to 2-2-2.

Desiree Scott of Winnipeg played all 90 minutes for Kansas City but did not record a shot, while Victoria Pickett of Newmarket, Ont., played 68 minutes for the Current and was subbed out for Chardonnay Curran.

WATCH | St-Georges scores in 2nd half for Red Stars:

Bianca St-Georges scores in 2nd half for Red Stars

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Bianca St-Georges of Saint-Charles-Borromée, Que., scores the equalizer for Chicago Red Stars but they eventually fall to Kansas City Current 2-1.

Angel City defeats Portland

Angel City FC picked up their first win of the NWSL Challenge Cup on Sunday, defeating the Portland Thorns 1-0.

The lone goal of the game came from Christen Press who scored in the 29th minute. Angel City outshot Portland 14-8 in the win to improve their record to 1-4-1. The Thorns dropped to 3-2-1 with the loss.

Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C., had two shots, including one on goal, while playing all 90 minutes for Portland.

Houston beats Racing Louisville 

In other NWSL action, the Houston Dash beat Racing Louisville FC 2-1 in their final group stage match.

Houston got out to an early lead when Nichelle Prince of Ajax, Ont., scored 24 minutes into the game, but Louisville responded in the 29th minute as Jaelin Howell found the back of the net.

WATCH | Prince's goal helps Dash beat Louisville:

Nichelle Prince's goal helps Houston Dash defeat Louisville

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Nichelle Prince from Ajax, Ont., scores the opening goal in Houston Dash's 2-1 victory over Racing Louisville FC.

The Dash reclaimed the lead for good in the 35th minute, as Ally Prisock picked up a goal that was assisted by Maria Sanchez.

Alysha Chapman of Oshawa, Ont., played 81 minutes in the win for Houston, while teammates Sophie Schmidt of Winnipeg played 34 minutes and Prince played 68.

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