Current edge Red Stars to clinch semifinal berth in NWSL Challenge Cup
Angel City takes down Portland for 1st win; Houston beats Racing Louisville
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.
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:
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:
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.