NWSL Week 6- Recap and Goals of the Week
NWSL Week 6- Recap and Goals of the Week avatar

For the first time this season, goals were few and far between in the NWSL. Six goals were scored over the course of four games, with four of them coming in a 2-2 draw.

The Seattle Reign, who have one win in their last four games, took their first break of the season, while the U.S. WNT beat Mexico Sunday night in California.

Western New York Escape Kansas City With A Point

A week after Kansas City beat the Flash on the road, the teams met in Kansas City and neither team found the net on Thursday night.

Seven yellow cards were issued on the night, in which there were several altercations between the opposing players.

Jones was lucky to escape only with a yellow card. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Jones was lucky to escape only with a yellow card. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

The Flash were lucky not to be down a player in the 82nd minute. Rookie forward Shea Groom made a desperate lunge for the ball when Flash substitute goalkeeper Chantel Jones came out to gather the ball.

Groom caught the goalkeeper, which prompted Jones to push Groom to ground when she got up on her feet. A small melee ensued, with Kansas City players coming to the defense of their teammate, but Jones escaped with only a yellow.

The game finished 0-0, with Kansas City now on a 4 game shutout streak and sitting in third place, while the result leaves the Flash at the bottom of the table.

Chicago Come Back To Draw 2-2 With Dash

Rachael Axon and Kealia Ohai’s goals were canceled out by a brace from Sofia Huerta in an entertaining game in Houston.

Huerta scored a brace for Chicago and earned her team a point. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

Huerta scored a brace for Chicago and earned her team a point. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

The first goal of the game came in the 28th minute when Ohai was taken down in the box and Axon stepped up to dispatch the penalty kick.

Ohai got a goal of her own 15 minutes into the second half on a counterattack that caught the Red Stars off guard.

Houston struggled to clear the ball during the game, which invited Chicago players to push up on every opportunity. On this occasion, however, the Dash made a block on the goal line and cleared the ball up to Melissa Henderson, who charged up the field before squaring the ball to Ohai, who finished past Michele Dalton in goal.

Sofia Huerta scored her second brace in two games to get the Red Stars a deserved point.

The first came from a great touch from Jen Hoy, which left Huerta with an easy finish from a tight angle.

Her second goal came with 9 minutes left. Huerta found the ball at her feet 12 yards from goal, took a few touches away from her two markers and shot low across goal, getting a slight touch from Bianca Henninger on its way into the back of the net.

Chicago remains at the top of the table, while Houston are searching for their first win since the opening game of the season.

Portland Lose First Game Of The Season To Boston

The Boston Breakers got a stoppage time goal from Kristie Mewis to hand the Thorns their first loss of the season.

The game was fairly uneventful for an hour-and-a-half, up until Mewis lobbed the ball over Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos to win the game.

Kristie Mewis got the lone goal of the game for Boston. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

Kristie Mewis got the lone goal of the game for Boston. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

The goal came after a long clearance by a Breaker defender to the other end of the field. Betos came off her line to head the ball away, but was challenged by Maddy Evans, who clashed heads with the goalkeeper.

The ball found itself at the feet of Mewis, who finessed her shot over Betos into the goal, sending the 2,669 fans in delirium and lifting the Breakers to 6th place.

Portland drops a spot in the standings thanks to their loss and the result in the last game of the weekend.

Spirit Win In Stoppage Time Over Sky Blue FC

Another stoppage time winner was scored in D.C. as Francisca Ordega scored in the 93rd minute to lift the Spirit over Sky Blue.

The game was similar to the Portland-Boston in that there were few chances in the game, with a header off the post the sole threat in the opening half.

Nadia Nadim was a pest for Sky Blue FC, but could not find a way past Kelsey Wys in goal, who made 9 saves on the night.

Francisca Ordega got the game winner for Washington. (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Francisca Ordega got the game winner for Washington. (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Crystal Dunn was involved in a goal for the sixth time this season, as she played a ball towards Ordega, who touched the ball around goalkeeper Brittany Cameron and volleyed home.

The result leaves the teams at opposite ends of the table, with Washington at second place and Sky Blue second bottom.

Team

Games Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

GD

Points

Chicago

5

3

0

2

5

10

Washington

6

3

2

1

1

9

Kansas City

6

3

2

1

1

8

Portland

5

2

1

2

3

7

Seattle

5

2

2

1

4

7

Boston

5

2

3

0

-6

5

Houston

5

1

2

2

-1

4

Sky Blue FC

6

1

3

2

-3

3

Western New York

5

1

3

1

-4

3

 

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: Kristie Mewis (Boston) vs. Portland Thorns 5/16/2015

You need that something special to beat an undefeated team and you need something special to score a stoppage-time winner. Mewis killed both birds with one shot, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to get the three points for Boston.

#2: Sofia Huerta (Chicago) vs. Houston Dash 5/15/2015

Your team just conceded a second goal and there are only 30 minutes left in the game to claw your way back. The best response is to score a goal (obviously), which Huerta did after taking a great pass from Jen Hoy and finished from a tight angle. The former Mexican international scored a second to get Chicago a deserved point.

#1: Kealia Ohai (Houston) vs. Chicago Red Stars 5/15/2015

Ohai’s goal to give Houston a two-goal lead exemplified the perfect counterattack. Chicago had pushed the most of their players up on a corner kick, but regretted that decision after the clearance found Melissa Henderson, who sprinted down the field before squaring to a wide-open Ohai. The forward took a heavy touch but still manage to squeeze the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.

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