NWSL: Washington Spirit stay undefeated in 2016
The National Women’s Soccer League’s Washington Spirit return to winning ways. The Spirit stay undefeated in 2016 with a 1-0 win over Houston Dash.
Washington Spirit improved to 4-0-1 this season with 13 points after a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash. Joanna Lohman scored the only goal of the match, heading Christine Nairn’s cross past Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams.
The Spirit remain in first place after five matches with an impressive seven goals scored and only one conceded. The Spirit have kept a clean sheet in four of their five matches this term.
Chicago Red Stars dropped points and are now three points behind the Spirit after five matches, as the club drew 0-0 against FC Kansas City. Chicago held on as Kansas City had a late barrage on the Red Stars’ goal. Kansas City could not find a way through, however, as Red Stars’ goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher kept the clean sheet. Kansas City picked up only their second point of the season as the former NWSL champions have started the season slowly.
Seattle Reign came from behind to draw 1-1 with the Portland Thorns thanks to a Beverly Yanez header in the 49th minute. The goal came shortly after Portland had taken the lead through Nadia Nadim, who headed past Reign’s Hope Solo. Portland sit in third place and are unbeaten this season at 2-0-3.
Alex Morgan’s 79th minute chip gave the Orlando Pride a 1-0 win over Western New York Flash. The Pride remain in fourth place with the win on nine points. Western New York were the better team in the first half, yet couldn’t find a way through the Pride. Orlando turned things around in the second half, dominating the final 45 minutes, and finding the much need goal for all three points.
Sky Blue FC sent the Breakers back to Beantown after eking out a 1-0 win. The Boston Breakers’ woes continue with the lose as team have lost all five of their matches in 2016. More damning is the fact the Breakers are yet to score. The only goal of the game came when the Sky Blue’s Kelly O’Hara’s cross was deflected into the Breakers’ goal by Breakers’ defender Kasey Kallman. Sky Blue sit mid-table on seven points after the win.
As with all NWSL games, fans can watch all the matches in full on YouTube.
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