NWSL Week 16- Kansas City FC Banish Sky Blue from the Top
NWSL Week 16- Kansas City FC Banish Sky Blue from the Top avatar

Kansas City FC Kick Off  Week 16 with Monumental Win over Breakers

There’s a new kid at the top of league standings- Kansas City FC has toppled Sky Blue FC as the current number one team after defeating Boston Breakers 3-0 on Wednesday in Overland Park, KS.

Merritt Mathias was on the scoresheet for Kansas. (ISI Photos/

Merritt Mathias was on the scoresheet for Kansas. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Kansas City is now at an eight game win streak and show no signs of slowing their roll. Defenders Courtney Jones and Merritt Mathias contributed goals and Boston added a third with an own goal.

Consistent possession was the name of the game for the Blues, as they kept the ball close from the start, and thwarted any dangerous chances from Boston’s Sydney Leroux and Lianne Sanderson.

Boston defense kept up an unbreakable wall as well, and nether team was able to score till the end. Boston defender Kia McNeill was the one to open scoring, but it was a disappointing start for her team, because the goal was for Kansas City.

They tried to redeem themselves by applying more pressure, but they made a fatal mistake, leaving their net wide open in the 85th minute, and Courtney Jones struck quickly to add a second Kansas City goal.

Mathias finished off the game in the final minute of play. Forward Lauren Holiday supplied the assist and Mathias volleyed the ball out of Boston goalkeeper Ashley Philips reach to net the winner.

Scoring Summary

  • KAN- McNeill (OG) 72’
  • KAN- Jones (Holiday) 85’
  • KAN- Mathias (Holiday) 90’

Seattle Reign Runs Away with the Win, Upsetting Chicago Red Stars

Seattle Reign stunned the Chicago Red Stars Thursday in Tukwila, beating them 4-1 with goals from midfielders Megan Rapinoe, Kaylyn Kyle and defender Liz Bogus.

A 6th minute Red Stars foul ushered in a deadly Rapinoe free kick, which she drove in from 20 yards out  past opposition and into the left side of the net to put Seattle in the lead 1-0 early on.

Rapinoe got a brace and an assist again Chicago. (ISI PhotosAndrew Katsampes)

Rapinoe got a brace and an assist again Chicago. (ISI PhotosAndrew Katsampes)

Luck was not on the Red Stars side that evening, as the first half brought more drama with a hand ball from forward Adriana Leon, who had also committed the 6th minute foul. Kyle took the penalty kick for Seattle, and it was golden, upping their lead 2-0.

The Red Stars charged into the second half searching for a goal, but Rapinoe was the one to tally another for Seattle in the 68th minute. Red Stars goalkeeper Erin McLeod had to come off her line and missed the save, which Rapinoe capitalized on.

Finally, in the 74th minute, Red Stars forward Jen Hoy produced a goal to thwart a Seattle shut out.  But the game was already over, especially when Bogus made a break away in the final minutes of the game to take on McLeod and successfully cracked the ball into the corner of the net for the win.

Scoring Summary

  • SEA- Rapinoe (PK) 6’
  • SEA- Kyle 24’
  • SEA- Rapinoe 68’
  • CHI- Hoy (Chalupny) 74’
  • SEA- Bogus (Rapinoe) 83’

Breakers Break Away with 5-2 Win Over Spirit

Washington Spirit continues to dwindle at the bottom of league standings, receiving no points after their 5-2 loss to the Boston Breakers on Saturday in Boyds, MD.

The Breakers were looking to make up for their loss to Kansas City earlier in the week, with a handful of goals from midfielder Heather O’Reilly, forward Lianne Sanderson, defender Rhian Wilkinson, midfielder Mariah Nogueira and defender Cat Whitehill. The crucial win moved them into 5th  place in League Standings this week.

Boston's O'Reilly has been dangerous all season and has definitely shone in the NWSL (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Boston’s O’Reilly has been dangerous all season and has definitely shone in the NWSL (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Spirit was the team to open scoring with a goal from midfielder Diana Matheson just 78 seconds into the game. It was a short-lived lead though, as Nogueira equalized for Boston in the 5th minute. She jumped on an O’Reilly pass that found her in the box, heading it in with precision for the goal.

The score was stuck at a 1-1 tie throughout the first half as Spirit tried desperately to deny Boston the lead, but it wouldn’t be so. In the 42nd minute, Wilkinson sent the ball straight to Sanderson, who took drastic measures, sliding to get her handle on the ball before shooting it into the net.

The rest was history. Wilkinson scored her first NWSL goal three minutes into the second half, and in the 57th minute, O’Reilly capitalized on a penalty kick, blasting it in past Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Forward Conny Pohlers was able to head in a late goal for Spirit, but it wouldn’t make a dent in the Breakers lead, which defender Cat Whitehill added to minutes later for her first goal of the season and the Breakers win.

Scoring Summary

  • WASH- Matheson (Spencer) 2’
  • BOS- Nogueira (O’Reilly) 5’
  • BOS- Sanderson (Wilkinson) 42’
  • BOS- Wilkinson 48’
  • BOS- O’Reilly (PK) 57’
  • WASH- Pohlers (Ochs) 73’
  • BOS- Whitehill 78’

Thorns and Red Stars Battle to Suspenseful Draw

Chicago was looking for a win after Seattle battered them earlier in the week, but instead settled on a 3-3 draw with the Thorns on Sunday in Portland.

Sinclair must have thought she had won it for her team. (ISI Photos

Sinclair must have thought she had won it for her team. (ISI Photos

Chrisitne Sinclair opened scoring for the Thorns, capitalizing on midfielder Tobin Heath’s free kick in the 23rd minute. Ten minutes later, their lead was extended 2-0 when forward Alex Morgan charged the ball into the right side and shot it into the box. It deflected off Chicago defender Sonja Fuss and bounced to midfielder Meleana Shim. She knew what to do- bagging her third goal in three consecutive games.

Midfielder Alyssa Mautz got some goal motivation for the Red Stars and took control in the 60th minute, dribbling the ball in and shooting a straight and narrow shot past Thorns goalkeeper Karina Leblanc to the top right corner of the net.

But the Thorns reacted with another goal conjured up by the Heath and Sinclair deadly duo. It was over quickly, as Heath crossed to Sinclair in the box and Sinclair fired home for her sixth goal of the season.

The Thorns led 3-1 as the game started to wind down, but the Red Stars still had some tricks up their sleeves. Mautz scored a brace in the 75th minute, and midfielder Julianne Sitch equalized in the 86th minute to the Thorns disdain, ending the thrilling game in a draw.

Scoring Summary

  • POR- Sinclair (Heath) 23’
  • POR- Shim (Morgan) 55’
  • CHI- Mautz 60’
  • POR- Siclair (Heath) 63’
  • CHI- Mautz (Quon) 75’
  • CHI- Sitch 86’

The Blues Dethrone Sky Blue as No. 1

Kansas City FC has established that they are the team to beat after a week full of wins, where they cemented their spot at the top of league standings with a 1-0 Sunday win over Sky Blue FC in Piscataway, NJ.

Kansas City defend Courtney Jones (8) beats Sky Blue's keeper Brittany Cameron. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Kansas City defend Courtney Jones (8) beats Sky Blue’s keeper Brittany Cameron. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

A single goal scored by defender Courtney Jones in the 76th minute would be the winner. She converted a corner kick from forward Lauren Holiday- her second goal in two consecutive games.

As you can see from that late goal, it was a battle between the two up till the end. After Sky Blue watched the tough Boston Breakers fall to the Blues earlier in the week, they were determined to keep them from collecting any more points. And though their defense was impeccable, Kansas City denied them any goals with a stead fast back line of their own. Blues goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart was a brick wall, stopping five Sky Blue shots no problem.

In the end Kansas City prevailed with one crucial goal, seeking out a crack in Sky Blue’s back line to take the game and earn their spot at the top.

Scoring Summary

  • KAN- Jones (Holiday) 76’

League Standings- Week 16

# NWSL GP W L T PTS
1. Kansas City FC 19 10 4 5 35
2. Sky Blue FC 18 9 5 4 31
3. Portland Thorns FC 17 9 4 4 31
4. WNY Flash 17 7 4 6 27
5. Boston Breakers 18 6 7 5 23
6. Chicago Red Stars 18 6 7 5 23
7. Seattle Reign FC 18 5 10 3 18
8. Washington Spirit 17 1 12 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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