Arin Gilliland and Chicago Red Stars Clinch NWSL Playoff Spot

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky women’s soccer player Arin Gilliland and the Chicago Red Stars clinched a playoff spot in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League playoffs for the first time on Sunday afternoon, after a 0-0 draw with the Western New York Flash.

Gilliland, who was the 2014 Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American in her time at UK, has started in 15 of the 18 Red Stars games this season, and played 1,353 minutes on the pitch. In those 18 appearances, the Lexington, Ky., native has 11 shots and four goals with two assists as well.

The Red Stars have two regular season matches remaining, with an Aug. 29 date with the Western New York Flash on the road at 7 p.m. ET before wrapping up the regular season against the Houston Dash and Women’s World Cup heroes Carli Lloyd and Megan Kilngenberg on Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. ET.

Chicago is currently slotted second on the NWSL table, seven points behind league leading Seattle, who sits on 36 points through 17 of 20 matches. FC Kansas City, Washington and the Portland Thorns are the other three teams mathematically alive for a spot in the playoffs, which begin Sunday, Sept. 13 on Fox Sports 1.

The NWSL Championship match will be Oct. 1 in Portland, Ore., at Providence Park live on Fox Sports 1.

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