NWSL QuickCap: 9 1/2 Weeks (of Soccer)

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Three games in one night is a beautiful thing. In theory. In reality it’s the same “Inside Barca” ad every time you flip a channel between games. With my poor home internet, it also takes me back to the pre-cable days of fuzzy antenna television at times, too, which is something you Millennial Falcons hopefully never experience.


Orlando Pride 3-4 North Carolina Courage
3-3-3/8-0-2
This one was 1-0 NCC when I turned to Survivor and quite a surprise when I looked back. Jessica McDonald scored from in front of Orlando’s net at 32′, with the assist to Denise O’Sullivan. Then Wendell dominated the Immunity Challenges but couldn’t sell himself to the bitter jury and I started to get worried. Orlando should also be worried, because including McDonald, much of NCC play was crashing in on net without much obstruction. Chioma Ubogagu tied at 52’ on a Marta cross, with a quick response from Debhina at 57’ then Samantha Mewis (from Crystal Alyssia Dunn) at 62’. NWSL Instagram reports the Mewis goal as an Ashlyn Harris own goal and gives different times than the NWSL website box score, but hey, alternate facts. Alanna Kennedy at 65’ (from Christine Nairn’s wonderful crossing powers) and Rachel Hill at 83’ (assist, and accolades, to Marta). The 3-3 tie lasted a whole 7+’, which was a huge scoring drought for this second half, until Jessica McDonald put in one at 90’ (assist to Jaelene Hinkle, NWSL Most Improved.)


Washington Spirit 1-0 Sky Blue FC
2-5-2/0-6-1
Ashley Hatch with her second of the season at 64’ on an Andi Sullivan free kick and assist. Savannah McCaskill, probably after seeing what Rookie of the Year can do to your scoring touch, did not start but came in at 61’. She later almost served up a Lloyd goal on a free kick, but Aubrey Bledsoe catches things for a living. In the biggest news of the game, Rose Lavelle logged 16 minutes of game time, coming on for Estafania Banini at 74’. I continue to be befuddled by this NJ roster not being able to score, but since they can’t really defend either, I guess I’m also puzzled how Washington can only get 1.


Houston Dash 80s Night 2-1 Seattle Reign
2-4-4/4-2-2
I know some on-field purists hate the shenanigans of promotions and spectacle, but as someone that started high school while it was still the 80s, I’m all in favor of being reminded that people who weren’t even born when I was in school…well, that’s going to take a dark turn, so never mind. Bev Yanez (which seems overly familiar, NWSL box score, when you’re using full names and seven initials for other players) put Seattle up at 13’ on an assist from Jodie Taylor. Earlier in the season, no one would have been surprised if that result held. But wait. On a Rachel Daly free kick after Seattle’s Kristen McNabb was booked at 67’, Kristie Mewis managed to get the deflection in for a 68’ goal. But wait…there’s even more if you call now. At 90+2’, Veronica Latsko took a pass from Thembi Kgatlana, took a shot that bounced off defender Steph Catley then knuckled past Michelle Betos into goal for Houston’s second win of the season.

Image courtesy of Leanne Keator