September 3, 2016
Soccer News Net Staff
Spirit clinches playoff place
WASHINGTON SPIRIT 1, WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 1
BOYDS, Md. -- The Washington Spirit remained in first place in the NWSL standings, clinching a playoff berth with a 1-1 tie with the Western New York Flash before a 4,572 crowd at the Maryland SoccerPlex Saturday night.
The Spirit (11-3-3, 36 points) took the lead on Katie Stengel’s 64th-minute goal. Stengel jumped over a diving Sabrina D’Angelo after going in alone off a Crystal Dunn through ball, and finishing into an open net.
The Flash (8-5-4, 28 points) tied the score on midfielder Sam Mewis’ 86th-minute goal, a drive from the top of the penalty area that went off Kelsey Wys’ hand.
Wys recorded 12 saves, including a 37th-minute stop on Lynn Williams’ shot from top of the goal area. Christine Nairn headed off the line just before Mewis’ goal.
HOUSTON DASH 4, ORLANDO PRIDE 2
HOUSTON -- Kealia Ohai improved her league leading goal total to nine, scoring twice as the Houston Dash defeated the Orlando Pride, 4-2, before a 6,819 crowd at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday night.
Janine Beckie opened the scoring, finishing a Carli Lloyd cross past Ashlyn Harris for her second goal of the season in the 24th minute. Brazilian defender Poliana scored off an Andressa corner kick, her first attempt saved by Harris, for her first goal of the season in the 49th minute.
Ohai upped the lead to 3-0 with a curling shot to the far post in the 62nd minute. Orlando (6-11-0, 18 points) cut the deficit as Alex Morgan’s close-range shot went past Lydia Williams off a Kristen Edmonds free kick in the 80th minute. Edmonds capitalized on a poor clearance to pull Orlando within 3-2 in the 87th minute. In the 95th minute, Ohai finished to the far post after a Melissa Henderson-Beckie combination as Houston (5-8-4, 19 points) won consecutive games for the first time this season.