May 14, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Alex Morgan nets Pride winner
WASHINGTON SPIRIT 1, HOUSTON DASH 0
BOYDS, Md. -- Midfielder Joanna Lohmanís 38th-minute header made the difference as the Washington Spirit remained unbeaten with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash before a crowd of 3,545 at the Maryland Soccerplex Saturday night.
The Spirit (4-0-1, 13 points) holds a 3-point lead over the Chicago Red Stars (3-1-1, 10 points) in the NWSL standings. Houston fell to 2-2-1 (7 points).
U.S. national team defender Ali Krieger started the scoring sequence, advancing on the right flank and finding midfielder Christine Nairn, who crossed for Lohman.
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ORLANDO PRIDE 1, WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 0
ORLANDO -- The Orlando Pride extended its home winning streak to three games as Alex Morgan scored on a long-distance volley in the 79th minute of a 1-0 victory over the Western New York Flash at Camping World Stadium Saturday night.
Moran, the Prideís captain, scored her second goal of the season on a left-foot chip over Sabrina DíAngelo, off a feed from Kristen Edmonds. Morgan,
Ashlyn Harris made a spectacular 69th-minute save as Orlando (3-2-0, 9pts) earned its second straight shutout. Western New York substitute Taylor Smith, who entered the match in the 67th minute, had a breakaway stopped by an advancing Harris.
The Flash were reduced to 10 women when Abby Erceg was shown her second yellow of the night in the 89th minute when she went up with Lianne Sanderson for a ball in the air that left the Orlando midfielder rolling on the ground.
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PORTLAND THORNS FC 1, SEATTLE REIGN FC 1
SEATTLE Ė Playing the fourth, and final match of a four-game road swing over a span of 22 days, Portland Thorns FC registered at least one point for their fifth straight match, earning a 1-1 draw on the road against Cascadia-rival Seattle Reign FC in front of 4,631 fans on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
With the draw, Thorns FC (2-0-3, 9pts) extended their unbeaten streak to five matches, tied for the longest in club history, as forward Nadia Nadim scored her first goal of the 2016 campaign for Portland less than one minute into the second half.
Midfielder Meg Morris, making her first start for Thorns FC, looped a cross into the box near the penalty spot and Nadim beat a Reign FC defender to the ball, heading it over Seattle goalkeeper Hope Solo coming off her line.
Seattle (2-2-1, 7pts) leveled the match just a few minutes later as midfielder Beverly Yanez headed in a corner kick at the back post from defender Lauren Barnes in the 49th minute.