|Red Stars Michele Weissenhofer, Julie Ewing|
LISLE, Ill. - The Chicago Red Stars fended off a pesky Tampa Bay Hellenic side and earned a 2-1 victory on Saturday in the second Women's Premier Soccer League National Semifinal played at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The Red Stars (11-1-0) face the Orange County Waves (12-1-0) in Sunday's WPSL National Championship, which kicks off at 1 p.m. The Waves defeated defending WPSL champion Boston Aztec (8-3-3) by a 3-0 score in the first National Semifinal.
On Saturday, Red Stars forward Michele Weissenhofer had a goal and assisted Chicago's second and game-winning tally from Julie Ewing. For Hellenic, Tatiana Mathelier netted a goal to cut Tampa Bay's deficit to 2-1. But the Red Stars held on the rest of the way.
"We were trying to find our rhythm a little bit, and we never really found our rhythm today," Red Stars Head Coach Rory Dames said. "We're going to need to show up [against Orange County] and play better than we did today. [OC Head Coach] Abner [Rogers] always does a good job with his teams. They'll get the ball down, they'll play some sort of three-front [formation], they'll try to find seams and try to do a lot of service into the box. We're just going to have to be intelligent enough to play where we have the numerical advantages and break them down."
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