NWSL Recap Week 3: Recap and Goals of the Week
NWSL Recap Week 3: Recap and Goals of the Week avatar

The National Women’s Soccer League continued to roll on as we saw a rematch of the NWSL Championship game, as well as a game between the bottom two teams from last season.

The Western New York Flash served their bye week, which came at a good time, needing to regroup from losing both games they’ve played thus far.

Kansas City Defeats Seattle in Rematch of 2014 Final

Amy Rodriguez loves playing against the Seattle Reign.

After scoring four goals in three games versus Seattle in 2014, Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game to give Kansas City their first points of the year.

Amy Rodriguez has a great record against (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Amy Rodriguez has a great record against Seattle Reign. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Quick, one-touch passes between Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Sarah Hagen led to a through ball to Rodriguez, who beat a defender and lifted the ball over Seattle Reign’s Hope Solo.

The loss means that Seattle has lost two games in 2015, matching their total loss count from last season. This is certainly not the start Seattle wanted in a quest to win the Championship game after losing 2-1 to FC Kansas City in last year’s final.

Portland Fight Back To Claim 2-2 Draw In Chicago

Christen Press’ brace was canceled out as Christine Sinclair and Mana Shim scored to leave Chicago with a point.

Press’ first goal was a beautiful, curling effort in the fourth minute after taking down a pinpoint pass from U.S. WNT midfielder Lori Chalupny.

U.S. Forward Christen Press was once again the hero for Chicago. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

U.S. Forward Christen Press was once again the hero for Chicago. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Press grabbed her second four minutes later when she cut past a defender and shot low across goal. Nadine Angerer got a hand on the shot, but the ball managed to find its way in the goal.

Christine Sinclair, Canada’s all-time leading goal scorer, cut Portland’s deficit in half when she her low shot found the side netting, beating her compatriot Karina LeBlanc.

Mana Shim scored the equalizer shortly after halftime, shooting from the edge of the area, meaning Portland left the Windy City with a point.

Own Goal Gives Boston First Win Of 2015

Goals from Julie King and Nkem Ezurike, along with an own goal, was enough to lift Boston to their first win of 2015.

King’s goal came after a goalmouth scramble, which gave backup goalkeeper Bianca Henninger little chance of stopping the effort.

Julie King was on target for Boston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Julie King was on target for Boston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Boston doubled their lead when Stephanie McCaffrey made a great run down the left, putting the ball on a platter for Ezurike to finish off.

Houston found a way back into the game through Jessica McDonald when she headed in a cross from Kealia Ohai.

McDonald grabbed her third goal of the season after Alyssa Naeher raced off her line to claim a ball over the top, only for the Dash forward to nip in and lift the ball over the Boston goalkeeper into the back of the net.

But an own goal four minutes later gave Boston the victory, with Carli Lloyd knocking in the rebound after Henninger tried to punch away a cross.

The points are Boston’s first of the season, while the loss leaves Houston in fourth place with four points.

Sky Blue FC Lose At Home to Washington

After upsetting FC Kansas City and claiming a creditable draw with Houston in their first two games of the season, Sky Blue fell 3-1 at home to Washington.

Crystal Dunn in action for Washington. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Crystal Dunn in action for Washington. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Crystal Dunn scored the third brace of the weekend: the first, coming after dispossessing a defender and playing a one-two with Francisca Ordega; the second, running through on goal and scoring after her initial effort was saved.

Christine Nairn gave Washington a three-goal advantage after Ordega left Christie Rampone in the dust and played a ball across the face of goal to Nairn, who put the ball in the back of the net.

Katy Freels gave the home fans something to cheer about when she headed in a cross from Nadia Nadim.

The win is Washington’s second of the season, lifting them up to second in the table.

Team

Games Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

GD

Points

Portland

3

2

0

1

4

7

Washington

3

2

1

0

2

6

Chicago

2

1

0

1

1

4

Houston

3

1

1

1

1

4

Sky Blue FC

3

1

1

1

-1

4

Seattle

3

1

2

0

2

3

Boston

2

1

1

0

-2

3

Kansas City

3

1

2

0

-2

3

Western New York

2

0

2

0

-5

0

 

Goals of the Week: Week 3

Every week, GotSoccer will give you the top three goals of the week. We will factor in skill, difficulty, and importance to determine the top three finishes of the week.

#3: Mana Shim (Portland) vs. Chicago Red Stars 4/25/2015

Shim’s goal not only meant Portland left with a point, but the strike from the edge of the box was perfectly placed, evading the reach of Chicago’s Karina LeBlanc.

#2: Amy Rodriguez (Kansas City) vs. Seattle Reign 4/23/2015

A-Rod continued where she left off, scoring the winner over Seattle after scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over the Reign in the NWSL Championship Game last season. The fluid build up play and the composed finish are easy on the eye, not to mention it’s the game-winner.

#1: Christen Press (Chicago) vs. Portland Thorns 4/25/2015

Press makes an appearance on our list for the second straight week, but she claims top prize after her opening goal on Saturday night. The pass from Lori Chalupny was great, but Press did fantastically well to settle and unleash an unstoppable shot to give the Red Stars an early lead.

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