NWSL Round Up: Week Three
NWSL Round Up: Week Three avatar

Seattle Earn Second Consecutive Win of the Season

Seattle Reign rules league standings, earning their second consecutive win 3-1 against Washington Spirit last Wednesday in Seattle, Wash.

It didn’t take long for them to open scoring, with defender Kendall Fletcher scoring her first season goal in the 3rd minute with midfielder Jess Fishlock on the assist. Washington Spirit tightened up defense after that wake up call and no one was able to score for the remainder of the first half.

Keeling Winters got on the scoresheet for Seattle.(ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Keeling Winters got on the scoresheet for Seattle.(ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

As the 48th minute loomed, Seattle struck successfully when Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi executed a corner and midfielder Keelin Winters guided the ball into the net to up the lead 2-0.

A bit of bad luck hit them in the 73rd minute when Washington Spirit got a golden chance after a handball was issued to Seattle defender Kendall Fletcher inside the box. Spirit midfielder Diana Matheson took the penalty kick and put it in for the team’s lone goal of the game.

In the 80th minute Fishlock sealed the deal with the final Seattle goal to set the score 3-1 with Eli Reed on the assist.

Scoring Summary

  •  3   Seattle Reign   Kendall Fletcher (Fishlock)
  • 48   Seattle Reign   Keelin Winters (Kawasumi)
  • 73   Washington Spirit   Diana Matheson   PK
  • 80   Seattle Reign   Jessica Fishlock (Reed)

Spirit Find Redemption Against Chicago Red Stars

After a disappointing loss to Seattle Reign earlier in the week, the Spirit picked themselves back up and traveled to Lisle, IL where they defeated the Chicago Red Stars 1-0 on Saturday.

It was a hard earned victory, but the Spirit stuck it out, battling a determined Chicago Red Stars throughout the first half with no goals for either side.

Then in the 50th minute, the Spirit were awarded a free kick. U.S. midfielder Yael Averbuch took the shot but goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc dove to make the close save.

The ball went out of play and Spirit received a second chance. Danesha Adams executed a corner kick and Tori Huster headed the ball in to break the stalemate and clinch the win 1-0.

Scoring Summary

  • 50   Washington Spirit   Tori Huster (Adams)

Portland Thorns Conquer FC Kansas in Home Opener

Portland Thorns fans had a lot to celebrate at Saturday’s home opener in Providence Park where the Thorns defeated FC Kansas City 3-1.

Forward Jessica McDonald was the stand out player of the night, recording a brace that included a late goal that broke a tied score to put Portland ahead in the final minutes of regulation.

Midfielder Allie Long opened scoring with a successful penalty kick that put the Thorns 1-0 right before the half. It didn’t take long for the Blues to counter back effectively, and they capitalized on a penalty kick of their own when U.S. forward Lauren Holiday belted one in to tie things up.

Long and McDonald teamed up for the winning goal in the 84th minute. Long and defender Sarah Huffman guided the ball in before passing off to McDonald, and she it snuck it past goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart from close range.

McDonald added a final security goal in the 88th minute to the Blues dismay, grabbing a crucial win for the Thorns to keep them in second place for league standings this week.

Scoring Summary

  • 44   Portland Thorns   Allie Long   PK
  • 56   FC Kansas City   Lauren Holiday   PK
  • 84   Portland Thorns   Jessica McDonald (Long)
  • 88   Portland Thorns   Jessica McDonald (Shim)

Kim Little Scores Brace to Shut Out Dash

After capturing vital points against Washington Spirit last Wednesday, Seattle Reign battled the Houston Dash on Sunday and came out victorious 2-0 at Memorial Stadium at home.

Seattle's Kim Little (L) got a brace to help lead her team to a 3-0 victory. (Getty Images)

Seattle’s Kim Little (L) got a brace to help lead her team to a 2-0 victory. (Getty Images)

Scottish international Kim Little did the honors of opening scoring with an early 19th minute goal after U.S. forward Sydney Leroux was tripped up and a penalty kick was issued.

The final Little goal was also scored in the first half. Beverly Goebel fired a shot through the middle of Dash defense and the ball came to little in the box. She quickly converted it into a goal, slamming the ball in to set the score 2-0 for the remainder.

“I truly believe that Kim is one of the best number 10’s in the world,” said head coach and general manager Laura Harvey told NWSL. “The second goal really showed her class more than anything else.”

Scoring Summary

  • 19   Seattle Reign   Kim Little   PK
  • 38   Seattle Reign   Kim Little(Goebel)

Boston Breakers Celebrate First Season Win

Sunday was a big day for the Boston Breakers as they defeated Sky Blue FC 3-2 at Harvard Stadium in Boston.

Lianne Sander captained her team and scored a brace and an assist which earned her NWSL Player of the week. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsamapas)

Lianne Sanderson captained her team and scored a brace and an assist which earned her NWSL Player of the week. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsamapas)

Lianne Sanderson had a stunning match in particular; scoring the winning brace that broke a tied score in the first and added cushion in second half. The Breakers came out fighting from the start and got the board first in the 15th minute when Sanderson guided a corner kick to Julie King from 25 yards out, and King put the ball away.

Sky Blue countered back with a nice goal from Mexican international Monica Ocampo in the 30th minute, but Sanderson was able to squash the 1-1 score two minutes before halftime.

With the Breakers clinging to a 2-1 lead going into the second half, it was imperative that a security goal be scored, and Sanderson delivered once again, drilling a nice shot from the corner of the box past goalkeeper Jill Loyden in the 60th minute.

Both teams continued to duke it out, and Sky Blue’s Ashley Nick was able to score in the 93rd minute, but Sanderson’s winner carried the Breakers through to victory.

Scoring Summary

  • 15   Boston Breakers   Julie King (Sanderson)
  • 30   Sky Blue FC   Monica Ocampo ( Lytle)
  • 43   Boston Breakers   Lianne Sanderson (King)
  • 60   Boston Breakers   Lianne Sanderson
  • 93+  Sky Blue FC   Ashley Nick (Freels)
1. Seattle Reign FC 3 3 0 0 9
2. Portland Thorns FC 3 2 0 1 7
3. Washington Spirit 4 2 2 0 6
4. Chicago Red Stars 2 1 1 0 3
5. Houston Dash 3 1 2 0 3
6. Western New York Flash 2 1 1 0 3
7. Boston Breakers 3 1 2 0 3
8. Sky Blue FC 3 0 1 2 2
9. FC Kansas City 3 0 2 1 1




About Courtney Lambert

A competitive athlete in her college days, Courtney writes on events happening at state and local level. She has previous experience covering news and writing for the Jacksonville Times Union and graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in journalism.
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