Portland Thorns FC 2 – 0 Chicago Red Stars
Recap by Jacquelyn Brazzale
History repeated itself Sunday night as the Chicago Red Stars fell to the Portland Thorns 2-0.
It started three minutes in with a goal from Thorns forward Alex Morgan. From there it was all but over with a result that the Thorns are all too familiar with and an outcome that the Red Stars are becoming use to.
Morgan, who had a team high seven shots, started the game early with a goal three minutes in off an assist from Nikki Washington.
Washington would get her scored assist on the night in the 35th minute when she sent a cross into the box that found the foot of Allie Long who blasted her shot past Red Star’s keeper Erin McLeod.
McLeod and the Red Star’s saw little of the ball only managing to take four shots on goal, all of which were stopped by Thorns keeper Karina LeBlanc. This was LeBlanc’s second shutout of the season, both of which have come against Chicago.
Christine Sinclair, the NWSL Player of the Month in April, nearly made a third goal for the Thorns when her shot sailed past McLeod and hit the underside of the crossbar. The ball bounced down on the goal line before it was cleared away. The referee indicated no goal, the only lucky break that came for Chicago on the night.
The wins cap a three-match away trip for the Thorns and they now return home to face Sky Blue FC Thursday evening.
Chicago, who played their third match in nine days, will be on the road next week to take on the Western New York Flash on Friday, May 24th.
Western New York Flash 2 – 1 FC Kansas City
FC Kansas City experienced many firsts during their Saturday night match against the Western New York Flash that they would like to forget.
Flash forward Abby Wambach gave her hometown fans a treat for the second match in the row, this time notching not one but two goals. This was the first time a team has scored more than one goal against the normally-solid backline of FCKC. The Blues had actually only given up a single goal all season long until they ran into Wambach and the Flash.
FC Kansas City got on the board in the 52nd minute with a header by Lauren Cheney but that was all the offense could manage. When the final whistle blew, the Flash gave FCKC their first loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat, and moved into a tie for fourth place with the Blues.
Worth Noting: Carli Lloyd made her Flash debut after returning from a broken bone in her shoulder. Lloyd almost got on the scoreboard in the 66th minute on a free kick but it was was punched away by Nicole Barnhart.
FC Kansas City will head back home on Saturday to take on the Boston Breakers while the Flash won’t be in action until May 24th when they host the Chicago Red Stars.
Sky Blue FC 2 – 0 Seattle Reign FC
The Seattle Reign FC remain winless as they fell to the Sky Blue FC 2-0 on Saturday night at Yurcak Field Stadium.
Sky Blue FC got on the board in the 31st minute as Reign FC’s goalie Michele Betos punched away a free kick by Christie Rampone only to have it land at the feet of Danesha Adams who put the ball in the back of the net.
Just four minutes later Sky Blue FC was at it again, this time it was Lisa De Vanna who stole the ball from Reign FC defender Kate Deines and beat Betos 1v1 to give her team a 2-0 lead. Although she did not get credit for an assist, the play was the result of a beautiful pass by Adam who saw De Vanna streaking to the goal 30 yards in front of her. The ball was played a little in front of De Vanna but she continued through her run to make the steal and the finish.
Worth Noting: Sky Blue FC outshot their opponents 24-7 with ten of their shots on goal.
SkyBlue FC is back in action this Thursday as they head to JELD-WEN Field to take on the first place Portland Thorns FC.
Seattle Reign FC are also in action the same night taking on the Washington Spirit at home.
Washington Spirit 1 – 1 Boston Breakers
The Washington Spirit are still looking for their first win of the season after a 1-1 draw with the undefeated Boston Breakers this past weekend, the second time in as many meetings for the teams.
“We had some good chances at the end. It would’ve been nice to take home the win, but we’ll take the tie on the road,” Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said.
The Breakers got on the board first with Lianne Sanderson finding Joanna Lohman who one-timed a shot past Spirit goalkeeper Ashlynn Harris. It was the first goal of the season for Lohman and the third assist in as many matches for Sanderson.
The Spirit got the equalizer in the 51st minute as Lori Lindsey rocketed a shot that hit the upper corner of the net to beat Breakers keeper Ashley Phillips to tie the match at 1-1.
In the 89th minute the Spirit had one final chance to earn their first win of the season as Caroline Miller took a right-footed shot from the top of the box but Phillips made a spectacular diving save to keep the match tied at 1-1.
Worth Noting: Boston Breakers Kia McNeill was held out of the match for precautionary reasons due to a muscle strain.