September 24, 2016
Flash earn final playoff spot
CHICAGO RED STARS 3, WASHINGTON SPIRIT 1
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--- Christen Press, Cara Walls and Sofia Herta all scored as the Chicago Red Stars jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 3-1 win over the Washington Spirit at Toyota Park Saturday.
The Red Stars (9-5-6, 33 pts) opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Vanessa DiBernardo split two Washington defenders and laid the ball perfectly to the feet of Press. The U.S. International collected the ball and ran toward the end line, back tracking and curling a ball in the upper 90 of the net.
In the 26th minute, Chicago upped its lead, 2-0, after Huerta poked a short pass to Walls, who blasted a low ball past a diving Kelsey Wys.
Just as the second half started, Huerta was able to weave through several Spirit defenders, striking the ball on the outside of the 18-yard box, soaring right into the back of the net, giving Chicago a 3-0 lead.
Dunn countered just a minute later for Washington (12-5-3, 39 pts) when she scored from the top of the box, narrowing the deficit, 3-1.
NWSL semifinal placements will be determined on Sunday. If Portland wins or ties Sky Blue FC on Sunday, Chicago will travel to Washington to take on the Spirit on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. CT. However, if Portland falls to Sky Blue, they will host the Red Stars on Sunday, October 2 at 5 p.m. ET.
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FC KANSAS CITY 2, ORLANDO PRIDE 1
ORLANDO - A late penalty kick by Heather O'Reilly gave FC Kansas City a 2-1 win over the Orlando Pride at Camping World Stadium Saturday night.
Jasmyne Spencer gave the Pride (6-13-1, 19 pts) an early lead on her fourth goal of the year.
Tiffany McCarty provided the equalizer after the break.
Kansas City (7-8-5, 26pts) found the game-winner in the 84th minute after defender Brittany Taylor drew a foul inside the box. O’Reilly stepped to the spot to face former U.S. Women’s National Team teammate Harris and beat the keeper in the left side of the goal.
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WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 4, BOSTON BREAKERS 0
ALLSTON, Mass. -- The Boston Breakers ended the season with a 4-0 loss to the Western New York Flash before a 4,027 sellout crowd at Jordan Field Saturday night.
The Flash (9-6-5, 32 points), which secured the fourth and final NWSL playoff spot, took a 1-0 lead in the second minute as Makenzy Doniak crossed from the back post for Jess McDonald to finish past Libby Stout.
The Flash took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Williams in the 25th minute. Brooke Elby cleared McDonald’s shot off the line off a cross from former Breaker McCall Zerboni, Williams finishing.
In the 45th minute, Zerboni crossed to Sam Mewis, who headed past Stout. In the 68th minute, Abby Dahlkemper converted a penalty kick.
The Flash will either travel to face the Washington Spirit at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Friday, September 30, or the Portland Thorns at Providence Park on Sunday, October 2. The Flash will join the Spirit, Thorns, and Chicago Red Stars as the four teams in the 2016 NWSL Playoffs.
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