NWSL: Washington Spirit stays perfect in week 3

Washington continues fast start to 2016 NWSL season. 

The Washington Spirit continued their fine form in Week 3 of the National Women’s Soccer League as the ladies are a perfect three wins from three matches. Meanwhile, the Boston Breakers remain winless in NWSL play in 2016 as they fell for the third consecutive week.

In the weekend’s opening match, the Spirit downed Western New York Flash at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester. Powered by Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson who scored twice, first from just inside the 18-yard box followed by the second from the penalty spot. A second half own goal from the Flash finished off the route as the Spirit possess the only 100% record in the NWSL.

Houston Dash were held to a nil-nil draw by Sky Blue FC at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Sky Blue’s goalkeeper Caroline Stanley put in a woman of the match performance as she made seven saves, keeping a clean sheet.

Houston had the best opportunity of the match in the 90th minute as Brazilian Poliana struck a shot just past Stanley. However, Sky Blue’s striker Kyah Simon cleared the ball off the line, keeping the game level.

The Portland Thorns remain in second place after a 1-0 win over Boston Breakers. Thorns Icelandic midfielder Dagný Brynjarsdóttir headed in Tobin Heath’s cross for the only goal of the game. Heath now leads the league with four assists this season.

Orlando Pride lost for the second time on the road in 2016, as the Chicago Red Stars picked up a 1-0 win. Despite a fantastic goalkeeping performance from Orlando’s Ashlyn Harris, Chicago found the break through just after the hour mark. Danielle Colaprico’s free-kick alluded Orlando’s defense, finding teammate Christen Press to slot it home.

In the weekend’s finale, Seattle Reign defeated last season’s NWSL champions FC Kansas City 1-0. After an errant Kansas City clearance fell to Seattle’s Kim Little in the 18-yard box, the Seattle player made no mistake, striking an expertly placed shot past goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. Seattle remains in third place after three games.

As with all NWSL games, fans can watch all the matches in full on YouTube.

 

Drew Farmer
I am a freelance journalist and author currently living in Manchester, England. Originally from the USA, I have written about sports and travel for years.I have written for Hopeless Football Romantic magazine, The Football Pink magazine, World Soccer Talk, Sports Collectors Daily, Forza Italian Football and many more. My debut book Soccer Travels was released in spring 2016, and details travelling to soccer matches around the globe. It can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.