NWSL Round Up Week 7 – Nairn’s Late Stunner
NWSL Round Up Week 7 – Nairn’s Late Stunner avatar

Red Stars No. 2 with Victory Over Houston Dash

The Chicago Red Stars defeated Houston Dash 3-1 on their home turf at BBVA Compass Stadium Friday, extending their win streak to four games.

Vanessa DiBernardo, Alyssa Mautz and Jen Hoy scored for the Red Stars while Ella Masar provided the lone goal for Houston.

Jen Hoy (R) scored her 4th goal of the season for Chicago. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Jen Hoy (R) scored her 4th goal of the season for Chicago. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

“I’m proud of the group’s resilience tonight,” Red Stars Head Coach Rory Dames told NWSL. “It was a great response after the early goal to go back up and get the second goal, then for Jen (Hoy) to get the third was big. Then we held on and survived together to see the game out.”

The Red Stars were on a roll to win from the very beginning, and they got on the board early in the 10th minute when DiBernardo put away a penalty kick.

Dash battled back furiously after that, determined not to let that one point Red Stars lead grow, and a stalemate ensued for the remainder of the first half.

Then, in the 51st minute of the game, Masar sprung into action after receiving a well guided cross from Becky Edwards. She one-timed her shot, and it hit the net to equalize 1-1.

Despite Houston’s goal, the Red Stars were able to thwart any chances of a win for them, picking up the momentum throughout the rest of the game. Mautz scored just three minutes later and Hoy finished up with a 62 minute goal to guarantee a Red Stars victory.

Scoring Summary

  • 10   Chicago   Vanessa DiBernardo   PK
  • 51   Houston   Ella Masar (Edwards)
  • 54   Chicago   Alyssa Mautz (Hoy)
  • 62   Chicago   Jen Hoy (DiBernardo)

FC Kansas City Shut Out Boston Breakers

FC Kansas City shut out the Boston Breakers on Sunday in Boston, collecting a 2-0 win in their first meet up of the season.

Kansas' striker Rodriguez can't stop scoring and is currently the league's joint top scorer.(ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Kansas’ striker Rodriguez can’t stop scoring and is currently the league’s joint top scorer.(ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

The Breakers started the match off with some nice attacks but Kansas defense kept the ball away from the net with ease and in response created some worthy chances to score as well. With both team’s getting their rhythm down, the first half played to a scoreless result, but the Blues would surge forward in the second half.

In the 62nd minute forward Lauren Holiday set up a corner for FC Kansas City. She fired the ball into the box and Nikki Philips readily bumped it in from the far post to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.

The second goal was netted late in the 82nd minute. Jen Buczkowski spied Amy Rodriguez midfield. She crossed and Rodriguez and promptly directed the ball past Boston’s defense to take the win 2-0.

Scoring Summary

  • 62   FC Kansas City   Nikki Philips
  • 82   FC Kansas City   Amy Rodriguez (Buczkowski)

Kelley O’Hara Scores Lone Goal to Beat Thorns

U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara scored the lone goal for Sky Blue FC Saturday night at Providence Park in Portland, bringing the Portland Thorns down to fourth place in league standings.

U.S. international Kelly O'hara got her first goal of the season. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

U.S. international Kelly O’hara got her first goal of the season. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

It was a close match that saw Sky Blue goalkeeper Jill Loyden register eight remarkable saves against a tough attacking Portland side and help her team to a clean sheet.

O’Hara’s goal didn’t come till the 84th minute of regulation when a foul was called on the Thorns. Defender Christie Rampone initiated the free kick, sending a long ball into the box. A wide-open O’Hara saw an opportunity to score and headed the ball past Thorns keeper Nadine Angerer for the winner.

Scoring Summary

  • 84   Sky Blue FC   Kelley O’Hara (Rampone)

Stoppage Time Goal Ends WNY Flash and Seattle Reign Match in Draw

Seattle's Kim Little has certainly shown her worth in her first season in the NWSL (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Seattle’s Kim Little has certainly shown her worth in her first season in the NWSL (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Sunday was a big day for WNY Flash, stunting their two-game lose streak and garnering a point with a 2-2 draw against Seattle Reign FC at Moda Pitch in Seattle.

The flash surged ahead in the first half when U.S. forward Abby Wambach jumped on a mishandled clearance from Kendall Fletcher. Wambach got the ball and powered a shot past Seattle goalkeeper Hope Solo to put the Flash at a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. The Reign was able to equalize in the final minute of the first half though, when Jessica Fishlock chipped the ball up high and into the net.

In the 62nd minute Carli Lloyd helped guide a Wambach header in to put Flash ahead once more 2-1 . It looked like they would be able to take the win with some strong defending, but Seattle had one last trick up their sleeve.

In stoppage time Beverley Goebel sent a nice cross to Kim Little and she was able to equalize in the nick of time, ending the game 2-2.

Scoring Summary

  • 17   WNY Flash   Abby Wambach (Bermudez)
  • 45   Seattle   Jessica Fishlock (Cox)
  • 62   WNY Flash   Carli Lloyd (Wambach)
  • 92+   Seattle   Kim Little (Goebel)

Washington Spirit Beat Houston Dash in Stoppage Time

Washington Spirit are adding points each week, celebrating a 3-2 Memorial Day win against Houston Dash at Maryland SoccerPlex.

Christine Nairn got the game winner for Washington to (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Christine Nairn got the game winner for Washington and places them mid table. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Spirit got on the board early on with a goal from Diana Matheson. Forward Jodie Taylor pressured Dash keeper Erin McLeod and she buckled, resulting in poor clearance and an open shot for Matheson. She sent it to the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season thus far.

The Dash didn’t waste any time in equalizing, and forward Nina Burger pounded a wide shot out to Ella Masar on the right flank. Masar connected with Kaylyn Kyle in the box before Kyle finished off to Burger once again. She slid the ball to equalize just 10 minutes after the first goal.

The Spirit  kept the first half action packed, and in the 38th minute Christine Nairn belted a long ball to Taylor, who quickly directed her shot at the goal and put it away.

Houston, determined to stay on Spirit’s heels, was able to equalize again when Nigerian international Osinachi Ohale headed the ball into the net in the 77th minute. It wouldn’t last long though, and in stoppage time, Nairn was able to drop a bomb, scoring the winner from 30 yards out.

Scoring Summary

  • 4   Washington   Diana Matheson
  • 12   Houston   Nina Burger (Kyle)
  • 38   Jodie Taylor (Nairn)
  • 77   Houston   Osinachi Ohale (Ochs)
  • 90+3   Washington   Christine Nairn
LEAGUE STANDINGS
# NWSL GP W L T PTS
1. Seattle Reign FC 9 7 0 2 23
2. Chicago Red Stars 8 5 2 1 16
3. FC Kansas City 11 4 4 3 15
4. Portland Thorns FC 8 4 2 2 14
5. Washington Spirit 9 4 4 1 13
6. Western New York Flash 8 3 3 2 11
7. Sky Blue FC 9 2 3 4 10
8. Houston Dash 9 1 7 1 4
9. Boston Breakers 7 1 6 0 3

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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