In just her second game of the 2017 NWSL season, Carli Lloyd smashed a brilliantly-taken shot from 20-yards, meeting the ball just outside the penalty area on the right side and sending it across the goal and into the left-side netting to help lift the Houston Dash to a much-needed road win against the Orlando Pride. Here’s everything that took place for the U.S. WNT players this past weekend:
NWSL Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash (0-2; Goals: Lloyd, Daly)
It didn’t take long for Carli Lloyd to make her mark on the league in 2017. In her second game back with Houston, Lloyd scored the game-winner during first half stoppage time with a rocket from 20 yards out. The win was an important one for the Dash, which not only snapped a six-game losing streak but with the three points on the road, but also climbed out from the bottom of the standings and into ninth place. Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell made her second career NWSL start against the Pride and played well to pick up the shutout. With the win, Houston handed Orlando its first loss at home this season. Houston did suffer a setback in the match as top scorer Kealia Ohai went down with a knee injury that will keep her out for the rest of the season.
Boston Breakers vs. North Carolina Courage (0-1; Goal: Hatch)
The NWSL-leading NC Courage got its third win against Boston this season (also its second consecutive win vs. the Breakers after a 3-1 victory on June 17) with a 1-0 win at Jordan Field on Saturday afternoon. Samantha Mewis had the assist on Ashley Hatch’s goal, slipping a perfect one-touch spinning pass behind the defense for the rookie to score her third goal of the season. With the loss, Boston dropped to the bottom of the league standings while the Courage remain comfortably in first place.
Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns (1-0; Goal: Ordega)
In the 11th all-time meeting between these two sides, the Spirit won for only the second time, and for the first time since 2015. Nigerian Francisca Ordega scored the lone-goal of the match (her fourth of the season) as the Thorns dropped their second consecutive game.
Seattle Reign vs, FC Kansas City (1-1; Goals: Kawasumi; Ratcliffe)
Following a 2-2 draw last weekend in Kansas City, it was another draw for the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City, this time in front of almost 4,000 fans at Memorial Stadium. FCKC scored first, but Megan Rapinoe’s cross set up Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi for the equalizer.
Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC (2-1; Goals: DiBernardo, Huerta; Tiernan)
It was another strong outing at home for the Chicago Red Stars who came from behind to win its 11th all-time game vs. Sky Blue FC on Sunday afternoon as Vanessa DiBernardo and Sophia Huerta both scored fine goals from distance. Chicago hasn’t lost a game since April 29.
WNT Players in NWSL Action – Week 10
Defender Julie Ertz – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielder Allie Long – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Forward Sydney Leroux – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes, ASSIST (NC Courage)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Morgan Brian – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – 90 minutes, GOAL (Houston Dash)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – 90 minutes, ASSIST (Seattle Reign FC)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Did Not Play
Forward Alex Morgan – Hamstring injury (Orlando Pride)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – Unused substitute (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Lynn Williams – Unused substitute (NC Courage)
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – Hamstring injury (Boston Breakers)
Forward Mallory Pugh – Ankle injury (Washington Spirit)
Midfielder Tobin Heath – Back injury (Portland Thorns)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris – Quad injury (Orlando Pride)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)