Christen Press had a goal and an assists in Chicago’s 3-1 win over North Carolina. Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
CHICAGO – Chicago Red Stars forward Christen Press Tuesday was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the week by the NWSL Media Association.
Press, 28, had a goal and an assist to lead the Red Stars to a 3-1 victory over the North Carolina Courage at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park as Chicago earned its first road win of the season and extended its unbeaten run to three games.
The Los Angeles, Calif. native converted from the penalty spot in the 30th minute to open the scoring before setting up Sofia Huerta for a goal in the 37th minute with a well-placed chip that put the midfielder in position to send a curling shot into the top corner of the net. Press played all 90 minutes, registering three shots on target, while creating two chances and completing 86.2 percent of her passes, according to Opta.
The U.S. international’s goal was her second of the season and it was the first time she scored the opening goal of a game in 2017 after doing so on four separate occasions last season. She has played all 540 minutes this season for the Red Stars. She also leads the league with 14 shots on goal and ranks second in overall shots with 23.
Press’ assist was only the third assist of her NWSL career and the first since she provided one on a 65th-minute goal by Jen Hoy in a 2-0 win over the Western New York Flash Aug. 29, 2015.
This was the second time Press has been honored as the NWSL player of the week and the ninth time a Red Stars player has won the award. She earned the accolade for Week 2 of the 2015 NWSL season.
The Chicago Red Stars will return to action Saturday at 4 p.m. ET against the North Carolina Courage at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
The NWSL player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis.