NWSL Round Up Week 16: Thorns Stumble, Boston Prevails
NWSL Round Up Week 16: Thorns Stumble, Boston Prevails avatar

Thorns Stumble this Week

The Portland Thorns had a lackluster week, earning a single point with a 1-1 draw against Washington Spirit on Wednesday in Boyds, MD and ending with a shattering 5-0 defeat at the hands of Seattle Reign on Sunday in Seattle. The Thorns remain at third place in league standings.

Japanese forward Nahomi Kawasumi scored a brace and an assist and was the star of the evening.(ISI Photos/Tony Quiinn)

Japanese forward Nahomi Kawasumi scored a brace and an assist and was the star of the evening.(ISI Photos/Tony Quiinn)

Seattle, on the other hand, have remained at No. 1 for the entire season- a comfortable nine points ahead of FC Kansas City, who is currently in second place. They swept the game against the Thorns on Sunday, with Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi and Scottish International Kim Little running the show.

Kawasumi scored a brace in the 40th and 49th minute with Little on both assists. Little added the final goal of the game unassisted in stoppage time, and Kawasumi directed a perfect cross to U.S. allocation Megan Rapinoe, who headed it in for Seattle’s fourth goal in the 57th. U.S. forward Sydney Leroux opened scoring in the 4th minute unassisted.

German international Nadine conceded 5 goals.(Getty Images)

German international Nadine conceded 5 goals against Seattle.(Getty Images)

“I think we played well last week against Chicago, but we just didn’t finish the game off,” head coach Laura Harvey told reporters. “Whereas today we were dominant and were really dangerous as well.”

The Portland Thorns are up against Houston Dash this upcoming Sunday. The Dash played to a 0-0 draw with the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday in Lisle, IL, sitting in 8th place one point behind Sky Blue FC.

Boston Finds a Win after Multiple Losses

The Boston Breakers, though in dead last, had a nice confidence booster on Friday, defeating WNY Flash 4-2 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester. The win broke a seven game winless streak, which included a loss to the Flash a month prior.

Boston's O'Reilly leads her team with 7 goals.l(ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Boston’s O’Reilly leads her team with 7 goals.l(ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

The Flash came on strong from the get go, working Boston’s defense 5-1 on saves. They also outshot Boston14-11. But, Boston was able to keep up with the momentum, and Heather O’Reilly stepped up to score a brace and assist on one goal for the team. Lianne Sanderson and Jazmine Reeves also added goals.

Jasmyne Spencer and Carli Lloyd scored for Flash, Spencer opening in the 15th and Lloyd adding one in the 54th, but Boston was able to dig deep and get creative with their plays, keeping their composure to the last minute to find the back of the net.

Jill Loyden Thwarts Goals for FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City nabbed a close 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC to finish off the week on Sunday at Verizon Wireless Field in MO.

The Blues had a strong offensive attack, outshooting Sky Blue 12-8, but goal scoring was made almost impossible for the No. 2 ranked team due to an unbreakable back line. Sky Blue was able to keep them at bay with excellent net minding courtesy of the talented Jill Loyden, who made five big saves throughout the match.

Kansas' striker Rodriguez continued her scoring streak and is the team's top scorer.(ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Kansas’ striker Rodriguez continued her scoring streak and is the team’s top scorer.(ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

FC Kansas City got on the board first with a 34th minute goal from Amy Rodriguez. U.S. forward Lauren Holiday added the winning goal in the 70th minute. Sky Blue’s Nadia Nadim was able to hit the net in the 87th, but with time running out it wouldn’t be enough to catch FC Kansas City.

LEAGUE STANDINGS
# NWSL GP W L T PTS
1. Seattle Reign FC 19 14 1 4 46
2. FC Kansas City 20 11 5 4 37
3. Portland Thorns FC 21 8 7 6 30
4. Washington Spirit 20 8 8 4 28
5. Chicago Red Stars 20 7 6 7 28
6. Western New York Flash 20 7 10 3 24
7. Sky Blue FC 19 4 8 7 19
8. Houston Dash 18 5 10 3 18
9. Boston Breakers 19 4 13 2 14

 

 

 

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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