Sky Blue FC (2-2-1; 7 points) Tops Boston Breakers (0-5-0; 0 points), 1-0
Sky Blue FC defeated the Boston Breakers 1-0 on Friday night to earn its first win at home this season. Despite some solid play from Boston in the midfield in what was a fairly even matchup, an unfortunate own goal in the 41st by Breakers’ defender Kassey Kallman gave SBFC a lead and that would prove enough to secure the victory. The goal came after Sky Blue’s Kelley O’Hara raced down the right flank with the ball and crossed into the middle in search of a teammate, but the ball deflected off the body of the retreating Kallman and flew into her own net. WEEK 6: Sky Blue will travel up to Rochester to face the Western New York Flash on Saturday while Boston hosts FCKC on Sunday.
FC Kansas City (0-3-2; 2 points) Draws Chicago Red Stars (3-1-1; 10 points), 0-0
Neither team could find the net in scoreless draw between FC Kansas City and the Chicago Red Stars on windy Friday night at Swope Soccer Village. Despite FCKC having several opportunities in the second half, Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher turned in a strong performance recording five saves for her fourth consecutive shutout this season. Chicago forward Christen Press, who scored the NWSL Goal of the Week last week, had seven shots – six on goal – but the Blues kept her off the board denying her from what would have been a league-leading fourth goal this season. The match was also the final one for retiring veteran FCKC midfielder Jen Buczkowski. WEEK 6: FC Kansas City will try to earn its first win of the season when it visits Boston next Sunday. The Red Stars will aim to extend their unbeaten streak when they travel to take on the Seattle Reign, also on Sunday.
Washington Spirit (4-0-1; 13 points) Stays Atop League with 1-0 Win vs. Houston Dash (2-2-1; 5 points)
The Washington Spirit secured another win on Saturday, its fourth in five games, taking down the Houston Dash 1-0 at home. The lone goal of the match, a Joanna Lohman header, came in the 39th minute. Spirit captain Ali Krieger slipped a nice pass down the right wing to Christine Nairn who crossed into the middle for the unmarked Lohman to power home for the winning score. After recently missing some action with a hamstring injury, Dash’s midfielder Morgan Brian saw 75 minutes, a positive sign for Houston as the season moves ahead. WEEK 6: The Spirit will travel to Portland on Saturday to face the only other undefeated team in the league for a rematch of the Week 4 matchup that ended in a 0-0 draw in Maryland, while Houston returns home to welcome Orlando on Friday night.
Alex Morgan’s Late Goal Lifts Orlando Pride (3-2-0; 9 points) 1-0 Win Against Western New York Flash (2-3-0; 6 points)
A 79th minute goal from captain Alex Morgan lifted the Orlando Pride to 1-0 win against the Western New York Flash on Saturday night. It was Orlando’s second consecutive win and the first winning streak in club history. Although the Flash had some good stretches of play during the match, the deadlock was broken 11 minutes from time when Morgan ran onto a perfect chip behind the defense from Kristen Edmonds and caught Flash goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo off her line, sending a perfect looping shot over D’Angelo’s head and into the net to seal the game for Orlando. WEEK 6: Orlando will look to earn its first win on the road against Houston on Friday night in the first match of a four-game road stretch. Meanwhile, Western New York head back home to welcome Sky Blue FC on Saturday night for a rematch of their Week 4 contest.
Seattle Reign FC (2-2-1; 7 points) Draws Portland Thorns FC (2-0-3; 9 points), 1-1
In the first game of the year of the Pacific Northwest rivalry, Seattle Reign FC tied the Portland Thorns FC 1-1 at home on the final game of the week on Saturday night. Portland struck first, as Nadia Nadim opportunistically was able to nod a bouncing ball inside the penalty box into the net, scoring seconds into the second half. Just a few minutes later, the Reign equalized off a corner kick with a header from Beverly Yanez while Hope Solo and the Reign defense kept Portland off the board for the rest of the match to earn the point. WEEK 6: Portland will return home for the first time in over a month to host the Washington Spirit, a match that brings together two of the top three teams in the league, while the Reign host second place Chicago in the final game of the weekend.
Morgan Brian - 75 minutes (Houston Dash)
Crystal Dunn - 90 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Whitney Engen (capt.) - 90 minutes (Boston Breakers)
Ashlyn Harris - 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Jaelene Hinkle - 90 minutes (Western New York Flash)
Lindsey Horan - 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Meghan Klingenberg - 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Ali Krieger (capt.) - 90 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Allie Long (capt.) - 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Samantha Mewis - 90 minutes (Western New York Flash)
Alex Morgan (capt.) - 90 minutes, GOAL (Orlando Pride)
Alyssa Naeher - 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Kelley O’Hara - 90 minutes (Sky Blue FC)
Heather O’Reilly - 45 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Christen Press (capt.) - 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Christie Rampone (capt.) - 90 minutes (Sky Blue FC)
Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) - 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Hope Solo - 90 minutes (Seattle Reign FC)
Emily Sonnett - 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Did not play:
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC)
Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars)
Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash)