Houston 0-2 North Carolina
In the 132nd Mewis Derby (caused, not by longevity, but by Kristie Mewis playing for 15 teams per season), North Carolina prevailed. Crystal A. Dunn scored at 3’ with an assist to Jessica McDonald and at 3’ into the second half (48’) Kristen Hamilton scored with an assist from former Dash castoff Denise O’Sullivan. Samantha Mewis came on as a sub at 61’, working back cautiously from injury in a way that is so totally not normal for USWNT/NWSL stars, and Debhina made her return (which is unfortunately still less newsworthy than her departure) at 62’. Kristie Mewis led the Dash in shots, playing from the defender role, which may also tie with the 64% Courage possession stat to give the tale of this game.
Washington 1-1 Chicago
GK Aubrey Bledsoe, despite last week’s game, returned to Platinum Glove contention with some quality work to preserve a tie. Francesca Ordega continued the early-in-the-half trend from the afternoon game with a 4’ marker (Pugh Pugh Pugh assist) and Chicago’s leading scorer Alyssa Mautz equalized in the twentieth minute. Mautz ended the day with a yellow at 86’ but no assist so no McCall Zerboni hat trick for her, but a good effort. The biggest Chicago news was the returns, with Sam Kerr starting after returning from a backpacking tour of Asia to find herself and Julie Ertz finally coming back from the Superbowl parade to enter at 74’. Kerr makes the box score for a yellow at 90+1’ but did not rain fire upon the unsuspecting Spirit.
Orlando 1-1 Seattle
Maybe Seattle can sign Rachel Rapinoe and a bottle of bleach to fake the rest of the team into scoring some goals. Allie Long scored at 33’ from Megan Oyster for Seattle and that held up until Marta did a Marta-level play off a set piece at 61’. Michele Betos earned a yellow at 89’ and I’m so glad she’s back in the league with her combination of skill and attitude. Emily Van Egmond returned from six months in a Tibetan monastery with a 46’ entry for her Orlando season debut, both teams had five SOG and, overall, this one surprised no one.
Utah 1-1 Portland
From the warm and accepting shores of Utah, we feature Amy Rodriguez scoring at 53’ after her first start of the season and Tobin Heath coming in at 57’ to tie the game at 67’ with a Sinclair assist. Midge Purce took a yellow card like some kind of common Yalie ruffian, which will no doubt be discussed (quietly, out of the presence of the servants) at Harvard this coming week. Portland started GK Britt Eckerstrom again, with Franch injured, and Utah had key saves from Becky Sauerbrunn, who is probably about five minutes from either going to Portland to work at Powell’s or dribbling the entire length of the field to set up her own goals.
Sky Blue did not play, because the other kids took their ball and went home.