It’s a Draw for Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC
The Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC kicked off the weekend with a 1-1 draw on Saturday in New Jersey in front of over 2,000 fans.
The Thorns took the lead in the beginning, creating the most chances, but it would be Sky Blue who would get on the board first. In the 25th minute U.S. allocated player Christie Rampone scored off a corner kick, which would carry the 1-0 lead well into the second half.
A Sky Blue handball in the 75th minute gave the Thorns their chance to equalize, and midfielder Allie Long made that a goal a reality, successfully converting a penalty kick. With the draw, the Thorns remain unbeaten so far in the new season.
- 26 Sky Blue FC Christie Rampne
- 75 Portland Thorns Allie Long
Red Stars Celebrate Season Opener with Victory
The Chicago Red Stars played their first match of the 2014 season Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL where they shut out WNY Flash 1-0 with a lone goal scored by defender Julie Johnston.
Both teams wanted the win badly, going head to head throughout the first half with defense standing strong. No one was able to score, with the Red Stars getting two shots on goal while the Flash registered three.
Finally, in the 59th minute of the second half, the Red Stars broke the stalemate. The goal came off a corner kick executed by Vanessa DiBernardo. Johnston connected, guiding the ball in with a nice header that sailed past Flash keeper Lydia Williams for the 1-0 finish.
“It took us a bit to settle in, and the Flash is not an easy team to solve,”Red Stars Head Coach Rory Dames told NWSL. “ But I think it was a good outing for us. I’m pleased with our younger players and I’m obviously pleased with the outcome.”
- 59 Chicago Julie Johnston (DiBernardo)
Washington Spirit Find Redemption Against FC Kansas City
After a disheartening season opener, the Washington Spirit came back for their second match against FC Kansas City, defeating them 3-1 in Boyds, MD on Saturday.
The Spirit got right down to business, scoring in the 4th minute when defender Crystal Dunn made a speedy breakaway with the ball, crossing to midfielder Diana Matheson who notched the first goal.
FC Kansas City looked to equalize and after forward Lauren Holiday failed on a penalty kick, an aggressive play ended in a goal for the Blues in the 29th minute. Liz Bogus got possession and charged from midfield, crossing to Amy Rodriguez in the box. She took a shot but Spirit goal keeper Ashlyn Harris deftly bumped it away. No matter though, she fired again and it was solid.
With the score 1-1, a tiebreaker was needed and Spirit bit the bullet to search one out. It didn’t take long for them to pull ahead, when scoring duo Dunn and Matheson collaborated once more, ending with Matheson curling the ball in to bump the score 2-1.
It would all be over within the first half. Midfielder Christine Nairn was awarded a free kick in the 45th minute, and promptly sent it home, garnering the 3-1 win for Washington Spirit.
- 4 Washington Spirit Diana Matheson
- 29 FC Kansas City Amy Rodriguez
- 38 Washington Spirit Diana Matheson (Dunn)
- 45 Washington Spirit Christine Nairn
Dash Record First Historic Win
The Houston Dash recorded their first official win in club history, beating the Boston Breakers 3-2 at Harvard Stadium in Allston, Mass on Sunday.
It was an under dog finish, with Ella Masar scoring one and Teresa Noyola scoring a brace all in the second half to catch the Breakers and render the win. Things got off to a rocky start for the Dash, especially after U.S. allocated player Heather O’Reilly scored in the very first minute of regulation for the Breakers.
When Masar equalized in the 50th minute, it didn’t take long for the Breakers to bite back with a goal from Joanna Lohman just 10 minutes later.
With time running out, the Dash needed a miracle, and it came from Mexican international Noyola. She was subbed in for the final 10 minutes of the game, scoring in the 81st minute with Rafaelle Souza on the assist. Then, in the 85th minute, Souza was tripped by Breakers defender Courtney Jones and a penalty kick was issued. Noyola took the shot and it hit the net, grabbing the big win for the Dash 3-2.
- 1 Boston Breakers Heather O’Reilly
- 50 Houston Dash Ella Masar
- 70 Boston Breakers Joanna Lohman (O’Reilly)
- 81 Houston Dash Teresa Noyola (Souza)
- 85 Houston Dash Teresa Noyola PK