NWSL Week 11- Recap and Goals of the Week
NWSL Week 11- Recap and Goals of the Week avatar

A number of World Cup players returned to their teams in time for another exciting round of fixtures in the NWSL.

Whilst the NWSL is going on the U.S. Women are through to the World Cup Semis (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Whilst the NWSL is going on the U.S. Women are through to the World Cup Semis (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Nine goals were scored across the four games, which included a rematch of last year’s final and a matchup between the first and last placed teams.

The Portland Thorns missed out on the weekend’s action, a week after their goalkeeper scored in stoppage time.

Spirit Earn Narrow Victory Over Dash

Crystal Dunn scored the only goal of the game as the Spirit handed the Dash their first defeat since May 2nd.

Tori Huster had a golden chance to give Washington the lead in the 47th minute but her shot was cleared off the line by a Dash defender.

Minutes after Kealia Ohai had a shot turned around the post by Spirit goalkeeper Kelsey Wys, Dunn’s tenacity and aggressiveness led to the go-ahead goal.

Crystal Dunn has been outstanding for Washington. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Crystal Dunn has been outstanding for Washington. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

A ball was played to Dunn in the corner, who faced immediate pressure from Toni Pressley. After beating her defender, Dunn charged towards goal, cut inside on another challenger and found the back of the net via the crossbar.

Bianca Henninger had no chance to stop Dunn’s shot, which is the forward’s 7th of the season.

The Dash could only muster one more quality chance to level the game, but Wys did well to save Ohai’s shot again after the forward cut in on her right foot and shot towards the far post.

The win leaves Washington in 3rd place on 17 points, while the Dash are a spot lower and have 13 points to their name.

Reign End Slump Versus Kansas City

Seattle beat Kansas City in a rematch of the 2014 NWSL Championship Game to claim a first victory over their rivals in 5 matches.

Even though the first half finished without a goal for either side, there were numerous opportunities for both sides.

Jessica Fishlock had a couple of shots for Seattle, but put both narrowly over the bar, while Kim Little had a great shot that was well saved by Nicole Barnhart.

The last chance of the half fell to Fishlock again, with the midfielder’s long-range shot heading for the top corner before being tipped over the bar by Barnhart.

Beverly Yanez was once again on the scoresheet for Seattle.  (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

Beverly Yanez was once again on the scoresheet for Seattle. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

The Reign took a deserved lead in the 62nd minute when Beverly Yanez shot past Barnhart after a scramble in the box.

Kendall Fletcher played a great ball to the near post to find Yanez. The forward settled the ball while falling to the ground, but got back up quickly to rocket a ball into the back of the net.

Seattle didn’t wait long to add a second goal with Kim Little scoring her second goal in less than a week.

After Yanez intercepted a pass from Kansas City, she put the ball out wide on the right to Danielle Foxhoven, who swerved in a cross to an unmarked Little on the edge of the area. The 2014 MVP settled the ball with her chest and volleyed past Barnhart in goal to extend the Reign’s lead.

Shea Groom cut Seattle’s lead in half thanks to a beautiful finish in stoppage time, but it was too late to lead to a comeback from the defending champs.

Frances Silva played a simple ball to Groom on the edge of the 18. The forward had it all to do from there, cutting inside and lifting the ball over a helpless Haley Kopmeyer in goal.

Seattle continue their rise up the standings with the win, sitting in 2nd place, while the loss leaves Kansas City in 7th place with only 11 points from 10 games.

Boston Lose At Home To The Flash

Boston lost their second home game in a row,, falling to the Western New York Flash 2-0 Sunday afternoon.

It was a fairly even game through 18 minutes, but a blunder from Boston goalkeeper Jamie Kranich gifted the visitors the lead.

Lynn Williams made no mistake in converting her shot. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsmapes)

Lynn Williams made no mistake in converting her shot. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsmapes)

Kranich had the easy task of saving Jamia Fields’ shot from an angle, but spilled the shot, allowing Lynn Williams to tap into the empty net.

Elizabeth Eddy double their advantage in the 42nd minute, scoring on a breakaway after being put through on goal by Williams.

Jasmyne Spencer nearly added a third in the 57th minute, but her header from 7 yards went off the post.

The Flash sat back for the final 25 minutes, inviting the Breakers forward to make the game interesting, but they could not find a way past Chantel Jones in goal.

Jones made seven saves on the night, most notably a save from Bia vas e Silva’s free kick in the 86th minute.

The win lifts the Flash over their opponents into 5th place, while Boston fall a spot into 6th.

Chicago Demolish Sky Blue On The Road

The Red Stars continued their great start to the season with a 3-0 win over Sky Blue FC in New Jersey.

Even though the Red Stars have been without 8 key players due to the World Cup, they have remained atop the table for the whole season thus far.

Abby Erceg was one of those players, but she started for Chicago for the first time since New Zealand was eliminated from the World Cup.

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

Huerta had two assists for Chicago and earned her team all 3 points. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

Chicago wasted little time going ahead, with Vanessa DiBernardo scoring 6 minutes in after Sofia Huerta dispossessed a defender in the box and squared the ball to DiBernardo. The midfielder had the easy task of side-footing the ball past Brittany Cameron in goal.

Sky Blue had numerous chances to level the scoreline in the following 20 minutes, but every shot was saved by Michele Dalton.

That was until Katy Freels hit a curling shot that was inches away from going in, but went off the crossbar instead.

After Chicago weathered the storm, Huerta tallied another assist, passing to Jen Hoy for her 2nd goal of the season.

Rachel Quon dribbled forward and found Huerta on the edge of the box, but rather than shooting, the former-Mexican international passed to Hoy, who put the ball in the empty net.

Alyssa Mautz put the game beyond doubt in the 62nd minute after good work from Hoy. The forward dribbled towards goal and cut inside. After some hesitation, Hoy passed the ball to Mautz, who took a touch before shooting. The ball deflected off a Sky blue defender, leaving Cameron with no chance.

Nadia Nadim almost scored the goal of the season in stoppage time for Sky Blue FC, but her acrobatic shot went off the crossbar.

The teams remain at opposite ends of the table, Chicago sitting on 18 points, while Sky Blue languish at the bottom of the table with 7.

Team

Games Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

GD

Points

Chicago

9

5

1

3

7

15

Seattle

9

5

2

2

9

14

Washington

10

5

3

2

2

14

Houston

10

3

3

4

1

13

Western New York

9

4

4

1

-1

11

Boston

10

3

5

2

-8

11

Kansas City

10

3

5

2

-2

10

Portland

9

2

3

4

1

10

Sky Blue FC

10

1

5

4

-9

7

 

Goals of the Week: Week 11

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: Kim Little (Seattle Reign) vs. FC Kansas City 6/27/2015

The forward has started out the 2015 season slow compared to her MVP 2014 season, but she appears in GotSoccer’s NWSL Goals of the Week for the second straight week after a well-executed chest to foot volley for the winning goal versus FC Kansas City.

#2: Shea Groom (FC Kansas City) vs. Seattle Reign 6/27/2015

While the stoppage-time goal didn’t do much to change the result, Groom’s well-hit shot gave the visitors a glimmer of hope of getting a point. The forward made a great run to make room for herself and did extremely well to lift the ball of the goalkeeper to the far post.

#1: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit) vs. Houston Dash 6/27/2015

Dunn has been on a tear so far this season, netting 7 goals in 10 games for the Spirit. A lot of her goals come down to her being the fastest player on the field, but this goal also involved her physical side. She did very well to muscle Toni Pressley off the ball and ventured towards goal looking for a cross, but instead cut inside and powered a shot off the crossbar and in.

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