Soccer

Late goal earns Spirit a draw with Red Stars in NWSL fall series

Crystal Thomas scored in the 88th minute to pull the Washington Spirit into a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday.

Crystal Thomas scores equalizer in 88th minute

The Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit in NWSL action on Saturday, September 26 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (NWSL/Twitter)

Crystal Thomas scored in the 88th minute to pull the Washington Spirit into a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday.

Savannah McCaskill took a cross from Sarah Luebbert and scored from close range against Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe in the 73rd minute, giving Chicago (1-1-1) the lead.

But Thomas sprinted past Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and scored for the Spirit (1-1-1).

It was the second and final meeting between the teams in the National Women's Soccer League's fall series. The Spirit previously defeated the Red Stars 2-1.

WATCH | Crystal Thomas's game-tying goal:

Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars play to a 1-1 tie, Crystal Thomas scores the equalizer in the 88th minute. 0:52

Chicago defender Tierna Davidson entered late in the second half. It was her first fall series appearance following a right foot injury.

The NWSL's teams are playing a series of regional matches in local markets following the Challenge Cup tournament in a bubble in Utah this summer.

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