July 31, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Spirit, Breakers come up winners
WASHINGTON SPIRIT 3, SKY BLUE FC 1
BOYDS, Md. – First-half goals from midfielder Estefania Banini and forward Cheyna Williams and a second-half goal in stoppage time from defender Alyssa Kleiner led the Washington Spirit to a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC at Maryland SoccerPlex Sunday afternoon.
Sky Blue (6-5-4, 22 points) had its winning streak snapped at three games as the Spirit (29) improved to 9-3-2 and remained tied for the National Women's Soccer League lead with the Portland Timbers.
Forward Tasha Kai scored for Sky Blue early in the first half.
The game was pushed to Sunday after heavy rain and thunderstorms Saturday night.
Banini opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a first-time shot from the top of the box past a diving goalkeeper Caroline Casey.
Kai equalized for Sky Blue just moments after a heat-induced water break, pouncing on a loose ball in the attacking third and finishing past a charging Kelsey Wys in the 33rd minute.
Williams put the Spirit back up with her first professional goal in the 39th minute. The forward controlled a Caprice Dydasco cross, turned with a defender on her shoulder and placed a finish to the far post for a 2-1 lead.
Substitute defender Kleiner put the game out of reach in stoppage time with her first career goal. After a scramble in front of the net, the ball fell to the feet of Kleiner at the top of the box and she hit a half-volley to the top right corner.
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BOSTON BREAKERS 1, ORLANDO PRIDE 0
ALLSTON, Mass. -- England international Natasha Dowie converted a goal in her NWSL debut as the Boston Breakers took a 1-0 win over the Orlando Pride before a 4,379 sellout crowd at Jordan Field Sunday night.
The Breakers (2-11-1, 7 points) snapped streaks of five successive losses and seven games without a win.
Dowie scored in the 10th minute, intercepting a back pass at the top of the penalty area and slotting a shot past Kaitlyn Savage.
Orlando falls to 6-9-0, 18 points.
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