NWSL Week 17- Recap and Goals of the Week
NWSL Week 17- Recap and Goals of the Week avatar

Seven goals were scored across two entertaining games Wednesday night as we near the run-in to the 2015 season.

Kristie Mewis and Boston lie bottom of the table. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

Kristie Mewis and Boston lie bottom of the table. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

After leapfrogging Chicago to the summit of the table Seattle missed out on the action, as did Boston, who lost their last two games to fall to last place.

Sky Blue used their 3-1 win over Boston to leapfrog them into eighth place, while Chicago sit in second, having played a game fewer than Seattle.

Portland Leapfrog Flash With Valuable Away Win

The Thorns bounced back from three straight shutout defeats  to win 2-0 in Rochester against the Western New York Flash.

It didn’t take long for the first chance to be created as Michelle Heyman volleyed Jaelene Hinkle’s cross against the post fort the Flash minutes into the contest.

Western New York got another great chance to go in front, but Michelle Betos stuffed Lynn Williams’ breakaway to keep the scores level.

Sinclair got on the scoresheet to lead Portland to victory. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

Sinclair got on the scoresheet to lead Portland to victory. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

But the home side were left to rue their missed chances as Canadian legend Christine Sinclair scored her first goal since coming back from the World Cup.

The goal was very easy on the eye as well, Ayo lifting the ball over the defensive line and Sinclair lifting the ball over the onrushing Sabrina D’Angelo into the back of the net.

Allie Long had a great chance to double the lead after Sinclair was fouled in the box, but Sabrina D’Angelo dove to her left to stop the soft penalty kick.

Sinead Farrelly had the next chance for Portland three minutes later as they continued to assert their dominance after the Flash encouraging start.

The midfielder dummied a defender on the edge of the area and hit a sweetly-struck shot that cannoned off the crossbar.

The visitors finally managed to get the insurance goal their play deserved with ten minutes remaining thought the combination play of Long and Sinclair.

Sinclair did extremely well to flick the ball around Abby Dahlkemper and, rather than taking the shot on herself, she played the ball over the Long, who hit the back of the net.

The win lifts the Thorns above their opponents into sixth place, one point ahead of the Flash.

Houston Come From Behind To Defeat Kansas City

The Houston Dash made it two wins in a row as they defeated FC Kansas City behind a late goal from World Cup hero, Carli Lloyd.

Kansas City, playing their first game since July 20th, didn’t waste any time getting on the board, with Lauren Holiday’s deflected effort wrong-footing Erin McLeod in goal.

The lead lasted all of ten minutes as Ellie Brush, who was responsible for the deflection on Holiday’s opener, volleyed her side level from a glorious cross from Kealia Ohai.

McDonald was the star for Houston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

McDonald in action for Houston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Just a few minutes later, Houston took the lead a few minutes later through Jessica McDonald after her powering run forward on the left side of the field opened up space for her to cut inside, where she beat Nicole Barnhart at her near post.

The goal gives McDonald six goals on the season, which is good for third in the league.

Both teams had great chances to find the back of the net, but both goalkeepers were on top of their game to thwart any danger.

McDonald had a breakaway to secure a brace, but Barnhart made a kick save to keep the visitors within reach, while McLeod made a fantastic diving stop to keep Holiday’s curling effort from leveling the scores.

McLeod was unfortunate to cough up an equalizing goal with five minutes remaining, diving full stretch to stop Liz Bogus’ shot from finding the back of the net. The shot ended up hitting the post and the rebound fell to Sarah Hagen, who tapped the ball into the empty net.

But Carli Lloyd bailed her team out and scored a rocket from 30 yards to secure the three points for the home side.

Lloyd gathered a pass from Niki Cross, took a couple of touches forward, and realizing no defenders were stepping up to her, she unleashed a shot that Barnhart had no chance of stopping.

A few minutes later, the final whistle blew and Houston now find themselves in a playoff spot, taking over fourth place from FC Kansas City.

Team

Games Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

GD

Points

Seattle

14

8

3

3

12

27

Chicago

13

7

1

5

9

26

Washington

13

6

4

3

2

21

Houston

14

5

4

5

2

18

Kansas City

14

5

6

3

1

15

Portland

14

4

6

4

-1

14

Western New York

14

4

7

3

-6

13

Sky Blue

14

3

6

5

-7

12

Boston

14

3

8

3

-12

11

 

Goals of the Week: Week 17

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: Allie Long (Portland Thorns) vs. Western New York Flash 7/29/2015

Christine Sinclair did extremely well to set Allie Long up for the late insurance goal for the Thorns, beating a defender and then having the vision to put the ball on a platter for her teammate. Long made a fantastic run to give Sincalir an option and she made no mistake with hte finish for her sixth goal of the season.

#2: Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) vs. Western New York Flash 7/29/2015

Prior to her assist on Long’s goal, Sinclair had a cool finish of her own, dinking the ball over a stranded goalkeeper after a beautiful cross from Ayo. While a number of players would take a touch and try to go around the defender and goalkeeper, Sinclair kept her cool and delicately lobbed the Sabrina D’Angelo to put Portland ahead.

#1: Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) vs. FC Kansas City 7/29/2015

There was never any doubt who scored the best goal of the night and this goal would be hard to top come the end of the season. With her team squandering a late lead at home, Lloyd did was Lloyd does best and hit a powerful shot from distance beyond the dive of Nicole Barnhart. The goal extends her scoring streak to seven games for club and country.

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