Crystal Dunn and Chelsea lost to Birmingham City in the semifinals. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
The Chelsea Ladies FC and Crystal Dunn fell short of reaching the English Women’s FA Cup Monday, losing to Birmingham City in a shootout.
City won the penalty-kick tiebreaker, 4-2, after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes of regulation and extratime.
Dunn, a Rockville Centre, N.Y. resident, enjoyed an active game, but was not called on by coach Emma Hayes in the shootout.
Birmingham goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger made life difficult for Dunn and her teammates. After Dunn’s weaving run beat two defenders, Berger palmed away her attempt.
When Chelsea was trailing 1-0 in the second half, Dunn sent Maren Mjelde on goal, but Berger arguably made her best save of the match.
Meaghan Sargeant’s header lifted Birmingham into the lead in the 64th minute before Drew Spence equalized for Chelsea in the 88th minute.
Birmingham City will meet Manchester City and U.S. international Carli Lloyd in the final at Wembley May 13. The MC Ladies defeated Liverpool, 1-0, Sunday. Lloyd started but did not figure in the scoring.