July 30, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Thorns, Red Stars take 1-0 wins
WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 3, HOUSTON DASH 3
HOUSTON – – Western New York Flash forward Lynn Williams’ late second half goal salvaged a draw for the visitors at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday in a 3-3 match with the Houston Dash.
Houston has now picked up five points out of the last three games after losing six consecutive games by identical 1-0 score lines.
The Flash scored in the second minute when Lianne Sanderson got on the end of a Williams’ cross inside the six-yard box.
Dash forward Rachel Daly equalized seconds before the first hydration break of the game with a 30-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland at the near post.
Kealia Ohai, scored Houston’s second goal of the game in the 47th minute with a box-to-box effort that spanned more than 60 yards. The forward reached Western New York’s penalty spot and beat Rowland at the near post.
Houston’s final goal of the game came in the 63rd minute when MF Stephanie Ochs found Ohai at the edge of the box. The captain’s shot deflected off a Western New York defender towards the far post.
Jessica McDonald scored her seventh goal of the season in the 70th minute. The former Dash forward was unmarked outside the six-yard box and got on the end of a cross from Williams.
The final goal of the game came in the third minute of stoppage time. McDonald found Williams inside the box and her shot beat Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger at the near post.
CHICAGO RED STARS 1, FC KANSAS CITY 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Stephanie McCaffrey scored her first goal of the season as the Chicago Red Stars battled to a 1-0 victory over FC Kansas City at Toyota Park Saturday night.
The Red Stars (7-4-4, 25 points) improved their undefeated streak to three games and took over sole possession of fourth place, the final playoff spot in the NWSL standings. Kansas City falls to 4-7-4, 16 points
In the 53rd minute, McCaffrey, who joined the Red Stars in a trade with the Boston Breakers last week, finished a rebound of a Huerta shot for the winner.
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PORTLAND THORNS FC 1, SEATTLE REIGN FC 0
PORTLAND, Ore. – Playing their final game before a league-wide break for the Rio 2016 Olympics, Portland Thorns FC got a late second-half goal from forward Nadia Nadim to earn three points with a 1-0 win against Seattle Reign FC in front of 19,231 fans on Saturday night at Providence Park.
With the win, Thorns FC (8-2-5, 29pts) currently sit in first place in the NWSL standings – three points ahead of the Washington Spirit, who square off against Sky Blue FC on Sunday, and the Western New York Flash tied for second place with 26 points, and four points ahead of the Chicago Red Stars (25pts) in fourth place.
Nadim put Portland in front in the 74th minute, holding off two Seattle defenders she flicked a chipped ball into the box by midfielder Mana Shim down towards the right post and past the outstretched arms of Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Thorns FC registered their sixth clean sheet of the season, including their third shutout at Providence Park.
Sky Blue FC @ Washington Spirit postponed until Sunday