NWSL Week 10 Wrap Up
The National Women’s Soccer League came back from its World Cup break with a bang. With four scheduled games that turned into three due to weather, below are the takeaways from this weekend’s games.
1. Never Count the Keeper Out
The Portland Thorns took on FC Kansas City Friday night and it looked like Kansas City was going home with the win. Sarah Hagen scored in the 51st minute, beating Portland keeper Michelle Betos with a header.
Then in the 70th minute McCall Zerboni was sent off on a straight red card, and Portland was forced to play the last 20 minutes down a player. Portland’s fate was all but sealed.
However, Betos was determined to have the last word on the matter. In a display of offensive skill, the keeper buried a header in the back of the net off a corner kick in stoppage time. The goal was so impressive that it earned itself a spot on SportsCenter’s Top Ten Plays that night.
2. Rain Didn’t Melt the Wicked Witch, But It Can Ruin a Soccer Game
Due to torrential downpours and lightning at the Benedictine University Sports Complex, the game between the Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Spirit was postponed and has to be rescheduled at a later date. The two sides played almost 40 minutes with an almost three hour delay after the 19th minute before the game was called for the night.
3. Dash Earn Shutout Over Flash
The Houston Dash beat the Western New York Flash 2-0 to stay upbeat in five games. Houston was powered by Jessica McDonald who scored in the 39th minute and Kealia Ohai who scored in the 63rd minute.
4. Boston Breakers Now Beaten at Home, Seattle Reign Finally Earn Win on the Road
The Breakers were handed their first home loss of the season by a Reign team earning its first road win. The final score was 3-2.
Kristie Mewis scored first for Boston on a rocket of a set piece in the 14th minute that ricocheted off of Seattle defender Stephanie Cox. Kim Little evened the score for Seattle in the 41st minute. Beverly Yanez handed Seattle the lead in the 66th minute, but the Breakers weren’t going down without a fight.
Boston substitute Morgan Marlborough scored ten minutes later in the 76th minute. Fishlock had the last word scoring the third goal for the Reign in the 86th minute off a pass by Little.
Check back next week as we break down NWSL Week 11. What were your thoughts on Week 10 of action in the NWSL?