FC Kansas City and Sky Blue FC Upset Portland Thorns
The Blues have been slowly rising in the ranks over the past few weeks, adding another win Saturday at Durwood Stadium in Kansas City, MO 1-0 over the Portland Thorns.
Forward Lauren Holiday netted the winning goal in the 41st minute, with defense managing to keep that lead throughout the second half, despite multiple shots from the likes of Alex Morgan. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart made three crucial saves, adding a clean sheet to her growing list of achievements this season.
The end-of-the-week loss was a disheartening blow for the Thorns, who also lost to Sky Blue FC 2-1 earlier on Wednesday in front of 10,477 Portland fans at Providence Park.
Sky Blue got on the board early in the 8th minute when Katy Freels chipped a long ball over Portland goalkeeper Nadine Angerer’s head and into the net, but forward Christine Sinclair was able to equalize in the 54th minute to keep the suspense going strong.
Despite a dominating Thorns attack, ultimately outshooting Sky Blue 18-3, Lindsi Cutshall was able to break past the Thorns back line in the 65th minute and score the final goal to seal the deal for Sky Blue.
The early week win was a definite confidence booster for Sky Blue, and they went on to play No. 1 Seattle Reign FC on Saturday at home on Moda Pitch in Seattle, drawing 0-0. With the results, Portland is tied for 4th place with WNY Flash and Chicago Red Stars with 20 points each, while Sky Blue nips at their heels in 7th place with 16.
Breakers Ousted by Flash; Spirit Clinch Win Over Houston Dash
WNY Flash earned a close 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers on Friday in Rochester, NY, moving up to tie for 4th place with 20 points- a huge leap from 6th place.
The first half went scoreless as both sides battled with the Flash outshooting Boston 8-5. They picked up the momentum considerably in the second half while Boston fell behind in performance- holding possession and outshooting 14-3.
The dangerous attack was led by none other than U.S. National Carli Lloyd, who scored the brace that ushered in the 2-1 victory. She opened scoring in the 59th minute off a perfectly placed cross from Brittany Taylor, heading the ball in for her fifth goal of the season.
Nkem Ezurike equalized for Boston in the 71st minute, putting fans at the edge of their seats, but Lloyd added her second goal in the 83rd, upsetting the Breakers in the final minutes of regulation.
No. 3 Washington Spirit also bagged a close 1-0 victory over Houston Dash Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX.
With muggy, humid weather thwarting both sides physically, shots were 9 for 9 throughout regulation, and no goals were scored in the first half.
Jodie Taylor and Diana Matheson stepped up for Washington, breaking the scoreless deadlock in the 62nd minute. Taylor got the ball from Matheson and lobbed the ball past Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod to nab her 7th goal of the season and put Washington in the winner’s seat for the day.
|1.||Seattle Reign FC||36||14||11||0||3||29||10||19|
|2.||FC Kansas City||30||16||9||4||3||25||17||8|
|4.||Western New York Flash||20||15||6||7||2||25||19||6|
|5.||Chicago Red Stars||20||14||6||6||2||18||15||3|
|6.||Portland Thorns FC||20||14||6||6||2||19||19||0|
|7.||Sky Blue FC||16||16||3||6||7||16||25||-9|