Washington Spirit secure a playoff spot National Women’s Soccer League
Washington Spirit 1 – 1 Western New York Flash
Katie Stengel 64′ (Washington Spirit)
Samantha Mewis 86′ (Western New York Flash)
Washington Spirit clinched a playoff spot with a 1-1 draw against the Western New York Flash at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The thrilling match between the two teams kept the audience of 4,572 on their feet. Spirit forward Katie Stengel opened the scoring in the 64th minute with a floated ball into an open net. In the 86th minute, Flash midfielder Sam Mewis tied the game with a driven ball from the top of the box.
Washington Spirit Lineup:
18- Kelsey Wys; 3- Caprice Dydasco, 24- Estelle Johnson, 5- Megan Oyster, 11-Ali Krieger; 23- Tori Huster, 7-Christine Nairn, 15- Joanna Lohman; 20- Cheyna Williams (8- Diana Matheson 55′), 12- Katie Stengel (6- Shelina Zadorsky 79′), 19- Crystal Dunn
Subs not used: 27- Line Sigvardsen Jensen, 1- Stephanie Labbé, 14- Francisca Ordega, 17- Cali Farquharson, 22- Alyssa Kleiner
Head Coach: Jim Gabarra
WNY Flash Lineup:
1- Sabrina D’Angelo; 4- Elizabeth Eddy (11- Taylor Smith 78′), 15- Jaelene Hinkle, 8- Alanna Kennedy, 13- Abby Dahlkemper; 6- McCall Zerboni (3- Makenzy Doniak 79′), 6- Abby Erceg, 5- Samantha Mewis; 9- Lynn Williams, 10- Lianne Sanerson, 14- Jessica McDonald
Subs not used: 2- Michaela Hahn, 17 – Kristen Hamilton, 28- Britt Eckerstrom
Head Coach: Paul Riley
Houston Dash 4 – 2 Orlando Pride
Janine Beckie 24′ (Houston Dash)
Polina 49′ (Houston Dash)
Kelia Ohai 62′ 90+5′ (Houston Dash)
Alex Morgan 80′ (Orlando Pride)
Kristen Edmonds 87′ (Orlando Pride)
Houston Dash returned to BBVA Compass Stadium after a two-game road trip to defeat the Orlando Pride 4-2 for the first time in franchise history.
Janine Beckie scored the first goal of the game in the 24th minute as a cross from MF Carli Lloyd cut across the face of goal. The Canadian forward beat Pride GK Ashlyn Harris for her second goal of the season.
Poliana scored her first goal for the club in the 49th minute. The Brazilian defender controlled a corner kick from MF Andressa but her initial shot was saved by Harris. Poliana’s rebound shot beat the keeper at the far post.
Kealia Ohai scored her first goal of the game in the 62nd minute. The forward dribbled towards the center of the box from the left flank and curled a shot that beat Harris at the far post. The team captain has now scored in six out of her last seven games.
Orlando scored their first goal of the game in the 80th minute on a set piece outside the box. D Kristen Edmonds’ low free kick found F Alex Morgan inside the six-yard box and her shot beat Dash GK Lydia Williams at the far post. Edwards found the net on her own in the 87th minute. The defender collected a ball cleared by a Dash defender inside the box and beat Williams at the far post.
Ohai scored her league-leading ninth goal of the season in the 95th minute. MF Melissa Henderson won the ball at midfield and found Beckie in the center circle. The forward found Ohai making a run toward the box and the team captain beat Harris at the far post for the final goal of the game.
This is the first time the Dash defeated the Pride and the first time this season that Houston has won back-to-back games.
Lydia Williams; Polina (Cami Privett 64), Ellie Brush, Cari Roccaro, Becca Moros; Morgan Brian (Amber Brooks 73), Andressa, Denise O’Sullivan (Melissa Henderson 80), Carli Lloyd; Janine Becky, Kealia Ohai (C)
Unused Substitutes: Bianca Henninger, Stephanie Ochs, Caity Heap, Chiloma Ubogagu, Melissa Henderson
Ashlyn Harris; Cami Levin, Kaylyn Kyle, Monica Hickmann, Toni Pressley (Becky Edwards 54); Josee Belanger (Sam Witteman 73), Dani Weatherholt, Kristen Edmonds, Jasmyne Spencer; Sarah Hagen (Maddy Evans 43), Alex Morgan (C)
Unused Substitutes: Kaitlyn Savage, Christina Burkernoad, Leah Fortune, Jamia Fields
Source courtesy of: NWSLsoccer
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