NWSL Week 18 Recap

NWSL Week 18 Recap

With only two match days left in the season the playoff picture for the NWSL is almost set. Two of the top four clubs came away with victories on Wednesday night as the Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns continue to battle for the top spot in the league.

Washington Spirit (2) vs. Seattle Reign (1)

The Washington Spirit gave the home fans a solid performance in their final regular season home match, as they went on to win 2-1. Crystal Dunn provided the opening goal of the match in first half stoppage time to give her side the advantage before halftime. Cheyna Williams would add the insurance goal in the 61st minute after tucking home a rebound. The Seattle Reign would score their only goal of the match in the 70th minute as Kim Little converted a penalty kick.

 

Boston Breakers (2) vs. Western New York Flash (2)

It was a close contest on Wednesday night as the Western New York Flash twice came back from a goal down to earn a point. The Boston Breakers took the lead early when Kyah Simon slotted home a goal in the fourth minute. Jessica McDonald tied things back up in the 38th minute when she finished her own rebound. Just a few minutes into the second half Natasha Dowie would put the home side up once again with her third goal of the season. Lynn Williams leveled the match back up with a goal in the 76th minute.

Sky Blue (1) vs. Orlando Pride (1)

Sky Blue extended their winless streak to four games as they failed to claim all three points at home. The Orlando Pride struck first in the 23rd minute when Alex Morgan scored. Maddy Evans provided a nice assist on Morgan’s fourth goal of the season. Samantha Kerr equalized in the 81st minute to help her side avoid a third straight loss.

Chicago Red Stars (2) vs. FC Kansas City (3)

FC Kansas City prevented the Chicago Red Stars from clinching a playoff spot on Wednesday night as two second half goals propelled them to victory. Shea Groom opened the scoring in the seventh minute to give Kansas City the early advantage. However, Christen Press equalized just six minutes later with a fantastic curling effort. The tie would be broken by Frances Silva in the 63rd minute as she finished a cross from Tiffany McCarty. Groom would find the back of the net again to double the advantage in the 77th minute. The Red Stars would add a late goal courtesy of Sofia Huerta, but it was little to late for the home side.

Portland Thorns FC (3) vs. Houston Dash (0)

The Portland Thorns ended the Houston Dash’s two match win streak with their seventh shutout of the season. Allie Long led the way for the Thorns with a brace. Her first goal came in the 26th minute when her header went over the keepers head and into the back of the net. In the 71st minute she found the back of net again with a low driven shot. Christine Sinclair scored the third and final goal of the match in the 90th minute.

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