NWSL Week 15 – Teams Progress with Four Weeks Left in Season
NWSL Week 15 – Teams Progress with Four Weeks Left in Season avatar

Own Goal Earns Win for Chicago Red Stars

(ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

McCarty was unfortunate to score an own goal for Washington.(ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Thanks to an own-goal, the Chicago Red Stars defeated Washington Spirit 1-0 on Saturday in Lisle, IL and move up to fifth place in league standings this week.

Both sides were not able to capitalize on any opportunities well into the second half, with determined back lines keeping the ball out of harm’s way. When the 62nd minute rolled around, that’s when things got interesting.

Red Stars defender Michelle Wenino sent a nice long ball to forward Inka Grings on the right side, and she took a shot towards the Spirit goal. In an unexpected twist, the ball instead deflected off Spirit forward Tiffany McCarty and into the back of the net for an own goal that put the Red Stars at the top with the win.

Scoring Summary

  • CHI- McCarty (own goal) 62’

FC Kansas City Upsets Seattle’s Undefeated Reign 2-0

FC Kansas City got the big win they were looking for on Saturday, as 5,271 fans gathered at Shawnee Mission District in Overland Park and watched them defeat Seattle Reign 2-0.

Erika Tymrak got a goal and an assist on the evening. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Erika Tymrak got a goal and an assist on the evening. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Seattle and Kansas City both enjoyed a six game win streak, but it was time for one to slow their roll. Blues goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart played her part like a champ, recording her 8th shut out of the season. Forward Lauren Holiday and midfielder Erika Tymrak each scored a goal in the first and second half to render the win.

The Blues were the more aggressive team for sure, breaking through Seattle’s back line form the start. Goalkeeper Hope Solo was able to keep things under control, but the pressure would prove to be too much, and in the 39th minute, Holiday broke through for Kansas City by opening scoring. Tymrak crossed to Holiday at the top of the box, and she quickly drove it home with a powerful shot that hit the far side of the Seattle net for the 1-0 lead before half time.

It wouldn’t be until the 86th minute that Tymrak would net the winner, and it was all thanks to some extra training and a change of play for the Blues. In past games, they would begin to falter a bit at the end, but this time, things were different. They increased their iron grip on Seattle, and took charge. Tymrak capitalized on a throw in and dribbled the ball forward, successfully evading all Seattle attacks before smashing it home for the final goal.

Scoring Summary

  • KAN- Holiday (Tymrak) 39’
  • KAN- Tymrak (Buczkowski) 86’

Top Dog Sky Blue Just Can’t Get Passed WNY Flash

Deja vu hit Sky Blue hard on Sunday on Rochester, NY, as they fell to WNY Flash 3-0 for the second time since their meeting June 8 in New Jersey.

Wambach put in another solid performance.(ISI Photos/Jose L. Argueta)

Wambach put in another solid performance.(ISI Photos/Jose L. Argueta)

It took just 13 minutes for the Flash to get on the board, and of course, super star Abby Wambach had a hand in the play. Wambach dribbled the ball past Sky Blue defense, but was called as onside. She crossed to Carli Lloyd, who cemented the 1-0 Flash lead.

Flash defender Brittany Taylor added security to that early lead with a second goal, also scored before halftime. Flash captain McCall Zerboni tried her luck in the 35th minute, but her attempt bounced off the left post and back into action. Taylor was ready for it, and sent the ball back to where it needed to be for the 2-0 bump.

The Flash finished their clean sweep quickly, with a final goal scored minutes into the second half. It was Wambach on the assist again, and she executed a successful play similar to the first, playing the ball in, and instead of shooting, passing off to forward Samantha Kerr. She cracked the ball in past goalkeeper Jill Loyden for the 3-0 win.

Scoring Summary

  • WNY- Lloyd (Wambach) 13’
  • WNY- Taylor 35’
  • WNY- Kerr (Wambach) 56’

Shim Dazzles with Last Minute Goal to Give Thorns Victory

The Thorns had to pull out all the stops to beat the Boston Breakers 2-1 in Somerville on Sunday, with an 86th minute goal from midfielder Meleana Shim.

Boston's Lianne Sanderson got her second goal of the season. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Boston’s Lianne Sanderson got her second goal of the season. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

With the loss, Boston fell to the Chicago Red Stars in league standings, although they did open scoring 13 minutes in. Midfielder Lianne Sanderson capitalized on a pass from forward Kyah Simon from the top of the box, blasting the successful shot past Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc for the lead.

The Thorns didn’t waste a single minute, with forward Alex Morgan working around Breakers defense from 25 yards out to equalize 10 minutes later.

The score would remain unbroken for the remainder, until Shim’s surprise just minutes from the final whistle. Midfielder Tobin Heath crossed to Morgan near the top of the box and Morgan spotted Shim charging the right side. She slotted the ball over and the rest was history, with Shim firing it in past goalkeeper Ashley Phillips.

Scoring Summary

  • BOS- Sanderson (Simon) 13’
  • POR- Morgan (Marshall) 23’
  • POR- Shim (Morgan) 86’

League Standings- Week 15

# NWSL GP W L T PTS
1. Sky Blue FC 17 9 4 4 31
2. Portland Thorns FC 16 9 4 3 30
3. FC Kansas City 17 8 4 5 29
4. WNY Flash 17 7 4 6 27
5. Chicago Red Stars 16 6 6 4 22
6. Boston Breakers 16 5 6 5 20
7. Seattle Reign FC 17 4 10 3 15
8. Washington Spirit 16 1 11 4 7

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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