NWSL Round Up Week 11: Portland Thorns Crush Washington Spirit
NWSL Round Up Week 11: Portland Thorns Crush Washington Spirit avatar

Bittersweet Week for WNY Flash

The WNY Flash had a busy week, ending with a win and a  loss. They defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 on Wednesday in Rochester, but were ousted by Seattle Reign 2-1 on Sunday at home as well.

Brittany Taylor . (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Brittany Taylor opened the scoring for the Flash against Chicago . (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

In their first match, Brittany Taylor and Samantha Kerr scored against the Red Stars with Taylor opening in the 2nd minute and Kerr sealing the deal in stoppage time. Goalkeeper Lydia Williams earned a second clean sheet for the season thus far, going up against eight shots on goal from Chicago and making six saves overall.

Despite the victory, the Flash incurred a loss to Seattle Reign FC- although it was a battle to the end. With 14 fouls and four yellow cards issued, it was an extremely physical match that saw a lot of drama. The first half went scoreless and Kerr opened scoring in the 61st minute, with Spanish international Vicky Lasado on the assist.

Seattle's forward Leroux scored ( R) her 3rd goal of the season.  (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Seattle’s forward Leroux scored (R) her 3rd goal of the season. (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Seattle was quick to respond with Katie Deines netting a goal in the 83rd minute. U.S. forward Sydney Leroux then broke the suspenseful 1-1 deadlock with just two minutes to go, weaving the ball in past defenders and striking from the box to take the win for Seattle 2-1.

“Today’s match demonstrated the character of this team yet again,” Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey told NWSL. “Whenever we face adversity we stay together and refuse to give up.”

Wednesday Scoring Summary

  • 2   WNY Flash   Brittany Taylor (Losada)
  • 91+ WNY Flash   Samantha Kerr

Sunday Scoring Summary

  • 61   WNY Flash   Samantha Kerr (Losada)
  • 83   Seattle   Katie Deines (Little)
  • 88   Seattle   Sydney Leroux (Fishlock)

Boston Breakers Take a Loss and a Draw 

Seattle Reign FC celebrated victory against WNY Flash, but also nabbed a win earlier in the week on Thursday in Boston, Mass against the Boston Breakers 2-0.

Boston have struggled this season and currently lie bottom of the league. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Boston have struggled this season and currently lie bottom of the league. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Both goals were scored early in the match, with forward Beverly Goebel putting one away in the 4th minute and Keelin Winters adding the final goal in the 25th off a cross from Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi. Seattle notched their fifth shut out, thanks to expert goal keeping from Haley Kopmeyer- her first time seeing action in 2014.

The Breakers followed up Thursday’s loss with a 1-1 draw on Sunday against Sky Blue FC in Piscataway, NJ.

Sky Blue got the ball rolling immediately when defender Christie Rampone crossed to defender Caitlin Foord on the right side. She threaded her way through defenders and into the box, then passed off to Kelley O’Hara. The U.S. wingback one-timed her shot into the net. Boston’s equalizer didn’t come until the second half, off the foot of forward Jazmine Reeves.

Jazmine Reeves (L) has worked her way into the starting line-up for Boston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Jazmine Reeves (L) has worked her way into the starting line-up for Boston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Sky Blue outshot Boston 8-2, and kept possession for the majority- but were unable to break through a tough Boston back line.

“We played a really good first half,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra told NWSL. “We probably should have had three, four, five, six, seven goals in the first half hour but as is usually the case for us this year we didn’t take care of our chances.”

Thursday Scoring Summary

  • 4   Seattle   Beverly Goebel (Foxhoven)
  • 25   Seattle   Keelin Winters (Kawasumi)

Sunday Scoring Summary

  • 2   Sky Blue FC   Kelley O’Hara (Foord)
  • 32   Boston   Jazmine Reeves

Alex Morgan is Back with More Goals

Saturday’s games saw the Portland Thorns crushing Washington Spirit 6-1 at Maryland Soccer Complex while Kansas City FC bested the Chicago Red Stars 1-0 win at home.

Morgan made her comeback to the national team and Portland with a bang. (ISI Photos/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Morgan made her comeback to the national team and Portland with a bang. (ISI Photos/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Christine Sinclair opened scoring, Alex Morgan and Jessica McDonald scored a brace each, and Allie Long finished up with a stoppage time goal. Midfielder Christine Nairn scored Washington’s lone goal in the 11th minute.

The Thorns set a club record for most goals in a second game with their win. They took the Spirit by storm, taking the lead right off the bat with Sinclair’s goal in the 5th minute.

Morgan, who also scored a brace against France with the U.S. WNT last week, is just starting to get back on her feet after injury, and is making her scoring presence well known already , especially with her brace and assist against Spirit.

Overall, Portland outshot the Red Stars 20-12 and remains in a comfortable fourth place in league standings.

Scoring Summary

  • 5   Portland   Christine Sinclair (Morgan)
  • 11   Portland   Alex Morgan
  • 62   Washington   Christine Nairn
  • 71   Portland   Alex Morgan
  • 85   Portland   Jessica McDonald
  • 87   Portland   Jessica McDonald (Huffman)
  • 91+   Portland   Allie Long (Boquete)

No. 2 FC Kansas City Racks Up Another Win

Meanwhile in Kansas City, MO the Blues were busy adding more crucial points to their repertoire to stay at No. 2 in standings.

Jen Buczkowski got the game winner for Kansas. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

Jen Buczkowski got the game winner for Kansas. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

They clashed with the Chicago Red Stars, who put up a valiant defensive effort, but throughout regulation no one scored, going into the second half 0-0.

Jen Buczkowski supplied the late lone goal in the 76th minute and it carried FC Kansas City  to the end of the match. Merritt Mathias belted a cross in front of the goal to Buczkowski, and she quickly sent it to the left post for the win.

Scoring Summary

  • 76   FC Kansas City   Jen Buczkowski (Mathias)

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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