August 27, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Red Stars, Reign score 3-1 wins
SEATTLE REIGN 3, PORTLAND THORNS 1
SEATTLE--- Manon Melis scored two goals to lead the Seattle Reign to a 3-1 win over the Portland Thorns FC in front of 5,888 at Memorial Stadium Saturday.
The match was the final of four regular-season meetings between Portland (8-3-5, 29pts) and Seattle (6-5-5, 23pts).
Reign FC opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Keelin Winters played a long ball out to Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi on the wing. Naho played it forward to Melis, who split the defenders and chipped the ball over Michelle Betos for the goal.
Just five minutes into the second half, Seattle was able to double its lead. The Portland defense tried to play a ball back to Betos, but Melis was able to pounce on the pass and gain possession. Melis then chipped the ball past Betos for her second goal on the night.
Midfielder Allie Long, making her first appearance since a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride on June 26, tallied her first goal of the 2016 season in the 91st minute when she got on the end of midfielder Tobin Heath’s delivery from a set piece and her right-footed flick from inside the area was placed over Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer to make it a 2-1 game.
Kopmeyer was in nets in the absence of Hope Solo, who announced on Saturday she was taking a leave of absence from the team after being suspended by the U.S. National Team.
After Portland pushed bodies forward looking for a late equalizer, Seattle made it a 3-1 game in the 94th minute after second-half substitute Megan Rapinoe’s left-footed shot from inside the 18-yard was placed into the back of the net.
WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 2, HOUSTON DASH 2
ROCHESTER, NY--The Houston Dash and Western New York Flash traded goals in each half, as they played to a 2-2 tie at Rochester Rhinos Stadium Saturday night,
Houston (3-8-4; 13 points) struck first in the 28th minute. Janine Beckie fed a ball to Denise O’Sullivan, who finished her shot to give the visitors an early advantage. The Houston lead would not last long, however, as Western New York (8-5-3, 27 points) drew even in the 36’ when Lianne Sanderson was able to power a shot past Williams for the equalizer. The goal came as McDonald dummied a ball that came from the foot of Lynn Williams, allowing Sanderson to gain possession and notch her third goal in a Flash uniform.
The Dash regained the lead in the 52nd minute, when Houston Kealia Ohai took a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that bent around Sabrina D’Angelo into the side netting.
The Flash responded moments later, again drawing even, this time in the 58’. The goal was tallied by Makenzy Doniak, who finished a beautiful pass across the goalmouth from Lynn Williams to draw the score at 2-2.
CHICAGO RED STARS 2, SKY BLUE FC 1
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Three different players scored for the Chicago Red Stars as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field Saturday night.
Chicago (8-4-4, 28 pts) opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Stephanie McCaffrey gathered possession on the right flank before rolling it with her foot just inside the area. She struck a ball that appeared to be a cross, but it lofted over the head of Sky Blue goalkeeper Carolina Stanley and left her without much of an opportunity to make a play. The ball hit the far post and redirected into the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Red Stars then put away two late scores to ice the match. First, Christen Press slotted a Vanessa DiBenardo feed under Stanley in the 73rd minute for a two-goal lead before Sofia Huerta made it 3-0 when she finished off an Arin Gilliland redirection from a DiBernardo corner in the 80th minute.
Sky Blue (6-6-4, 22 pts) got on the board in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Leah Galton crossed the ball from the left side of the area that found the knee of Samantha Kerr for the goal.
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