In case you haven’t been paying attention for the last five years, Rose Lavelle is very good. At times, it seems the attacking midfielder and Skyline Chili stan can score whenever she damn well pleases. On Friday night, she damn well pleased and scored an all-time banger to secure a late 2-2 draw for OL Reign.
After Alyssa Naeher stood on her head to keep Chicago in the match in the first half, the Red Stars took the lead through a 68th-minute penalty. With both teams neck-and-neck in the playoff hunt, Lavelle couldn’t let her side lose a six-pointer and went full beast mode to net an 80th-minute equalizer.
The USWNT star picked up a pass from Megan Rapinoe on the edge of the center circle before darting toward the box. After shrugging off the challenge from a defender, she unleashed a vicious shot Naeher had no chance to stop.
Rose Lavelle Goal vs. Chicago Red Stars
— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) September 10, 2022
Yeah, she’s good.
The equalizer helped the fifth-place Reign remain one point ahead of sixth-place Red Stars. The top six teams make the playoffs, and Angel City is right on the cusp two points back of Chicago with two games in hand.
Despite making the pass from her own half, Rapinoe was credited with the assist. She now has four on the season, trailing only Chicago’s Mal Pugh (five) in the NWSL.
Though in the middle of the pack in the standings, the OL Reign are set up well for a run in the playoffs with Rapinoe and Lavelle leading the way. Canada striker Jordyn Huitema scored her first NWSL goal on Friday night as well after spending her early career in France.
Below are the full-match highlights of what was an enthralling match at Lumen Field, including goals for Chicago from Ella Stevens and Danielle Colaprico.