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July 31, 2011
FALLING SHORT
Waves topple Red Stars in OT


Julie Ewing scored an 88th minute equalizer for the Red Stars in Sunday's WPSL Championship game.
Julie Ewing scored an 88th minute equalizer for the Red Stars in Sunday's WPSL Championship game.
Photo courtesy of Chicago Red Stars
LISLE, Ill. – Tanya Taylor's 101st-minute goal gave the Orange County Waves a 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars in the Women’s Premier Soccer League National Championship on Sunday at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

Taylor, who was named the WPSL Championship MVP, got behind the Red Stars' defense, which attempted to put her in an offside position. But the pass from Waves (and former Red Stars) midfielder Brittany Klein was timed perfectly, and Taylor did the rest for the goal and a 2-1 lead at the 101st minute.

Orange County hung on for the rest of the overtime, despite a flurry of Chicago scoring chances, capped off by an Amanda Cinalli shot that went just wide left in stoppage time of the overtime session.

The Waves appeared to have the title wrapped up in regulation with a 1-0 lead. But Red Stars midfielder Julie Ewing scored a dramatic game-tying goal in the 88th minute to send the match into two 15-minute overtime sessions. Michele Weissenhofer had the setup with a flip throw-in from the right side. The ball juggled around in the middle of the box and Ewing converged to tie the match at 1-1.

The Red Stars and Waves had sporadic scoring opportunities in the early going, but Orange County had the game's first tally with a 43rd-minute goal from Kiki Bosio to give her side a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

In the net, Red Stars goalkeeper Jamie Forbes (St. Charles, Ill.) had five saves -- four saves during the 90-minute regulation. Sophia Perez had five saves for Orange County, with three of her saves coming in the overtime sessions. Chicago's offense peppered the Waves goal with eight shot attempts in the overtime, versus eight shots in the 90 minutes of regulation.
   
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