In her second game back from injury, Mallory Pugh scored two goals, including one from the penalty spot, to record the first brace of her burgeoning NWSL career. The two goals earned her club a point in the 2-2 draw with Orlando. Here’s everything that took place for the U.S. WNT players this past weekend:
Boston Breakers vs. Chicago Pride (0-0 Draw)
The scoreless draw in Boston on Friday night kept Chicago in the second place, still three points behind the North Carolina Courage and just two ahead of Sky Blue FC.
Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride (2-2; Goals: Pugh x2; Marta x2)
An exciting back-and-forth game aired on Lifetime on Saturday afternoon as the Orlando Pride twice took the lead courtesy of Brazilian international Marta, and twice saw its efforts thwarted by 19-year-old NWSL rookie Mallory Pugh, who scored her first career brace. Pugh’s 90th minute penalty kick, after Kristie Mewis was taken down in the penalty area, salvaged a point for Washington at home.
Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City (3-2; Goals: Kerr x3; Bowen, Gibbons)
One of the most remarkable games of the season took place in New Jersey on Saturday night. Down 2-0 in the 78th minute, Australia Sam Kerr brought Sky Blue FC back in astounding fashion, scoring a hat trick – all on classy finishes – in just 12 minutes to earn her club the win, take over as the leading scorer in NWSL history with 35 goals, and move into a tie for first in goals this season with nine. The three points help SBFC remain in the contention for the top spot in the standings. Kelley O’Hara had the assist on Kerr’s first goal of the evening with a pin-point cross from the right flank that resulted in a diving header from Kerr. Kansas City had to play a woman down for the entire second half after Shea Groom was shown a red card in stoppage time of the first half.
North Carolina Courage vs. Seattle Reign (2-0; Goals: Hatch, Zerboni)
The North Carolina Courage once again defended their home field, this time against the red-hot Seattle Reign, to bounce back from a tough loss last week and maintain its tight grip on the No. 1 place in the standings. Rookie Ashley Hatch took advantage of a mistake in the back to notch her fourth goal of the season before McCall Zerboni added a clincher from close range after a goal mouth scramble.
Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns (1-1; Goals: Beckie; Horan)
With Portland down 1-0 in the first minute of second half stoppage time, Lindsey Horan scored on a beautiful curling free kick, burying the ball in the upper left corner past Jane Campbell to salvage a crucial point on the road. Carli Lloyd was shown a red card near the end of the match and will miss the next game vs. the Washington Spirit.
WNT Players in NWSL Action
Defender Julie Ertz – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes, GOAL (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 (NC Courage)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – 89 minutes, Red Card (Houston Dash)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – 90 minutes (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)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes, ASSIST (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Lynn Williams – 66 minutes (NC Courage)
Forward Alex Morgan – 63 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Forward Mallory Pugh – 90 minutes, 2 GOALS (Washington Spirit)
Did Not Play
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – Hamstring injury (Boston Breakers)
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)
Midfielder Morgan Brian – DNP (Houston Dash)