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MAIN SRFC Kim Little Goal 7-30-14

Thanks to the last victory obtained a few days ago, the Seattle Reign can finally enjoy the victory of the regular season this year, but does not involve winning the championship: you will have to wait for the playoffs where the Seattle team will have to deal with almost safe with Kansas City (to a victory from the finish line) and with two other teams, among which there could be the champions in charge of Portland.

On Wednesday the Washington Spirit hosted Kansas City at home, in a game characterized by the absence of Spirit striker Jodie Taylor (called in the English national team) and by the turnover set by Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski, who starts from bench Erika Tymrak and Amy Rodriguez. The Kansas City takes the lead at the 18 'with a goal from Becky Sauerbrunn who is good at beating Ashlyn Harris with a lob. The Kansas City dominate for much of the first half but fail to create more dangerous actions, while the Washington Spirit make themselves dangerous with Garefrekes, who at the 27 'hits the post. In the second half the spirits start strong and find the draw at 49 'with a giveaway of Garefrekes. At the 64 'the Spirit is close to doubling with a Matheson shot from outside the box, but Nicole Barnhart is good at parrying. The doubling, however, does not wait long, and after 2 minutes the Spirit takes the lead with a great goal from Nairn who beats Barnhart with a left turn that slips on the edge of the pole. The Kansas City try to react but with little result and risk to suffer the third goal at the 75 ', when the crossbar denies the goal to Crystal Dunn. The match ends with the comeback victory of the Washington Spirit for 2-1.

In the other match on Wednesday everything is easy for the Reigns, who win away from the 4-1 against the Houston Dash, thus securing the title of champions of the regular season of NWSL. The game unlocks after just 90 seconds: Sydney Leruox is good at picking up a defender's rebound on Kim Little's shot and reiterating on the net. At 26 'Jessica Fishlock, with a great launch, catches Kim Little inside the Dash area: Little is very good at mocking 2 Dash defenders with the stop and then beating Erin Mcleod, bringing the result to the 2-0 for the Seattle. The Houston react and get close to the goal with a close-range header from Ohai that Hope Solo saves at 28 '. The Reign 3-0 arrives at the 48 ', with Megan Rapinoe who with a cross-shot from the deceptive trajectory mock Erin Mcleod. Houston shortens the distance to the 55 'with a shot from the bottom line of Kealia Ohai, one of the most in form of the Dash, which enters with the complicity of Hope Solo. A few minutes later Erin Mcleod denies the fourth goal to the Reign with two huge saves coming out first on Winters and then on Rapinoe. The goal of the definitive 4-1 arrives at the 78 'thanks again to Kim Little who, with this one-two, leads to 14 goals scored, beating the record of 12 goal established in the inaugural season of NWSL by Lauren Holiday. For the first time in the history of NWSL, 2 timeout (one in time) was used in this game due to the great heat.

Last Thursday the Sky Blue FC hosted, in their last home game, the WNY Flash, in a very tight game characterized by several warnings. The first opportunity is for the hosts who go for a shot with Kelley O'Hara but Flash goalkeeper Kelsey Wys is good at pushing back. At 17 'Nadia Nadim jumps Wys who lays her on the edge of the area, but for the referee everything is regular. Shortly before the break Abby Wambach eats a sensational goal and fails to find the goal with a header from close range. The game is released only at the 50 'thanks to Kelley O'Hara who marks on assist of the always positive Nadia Nadim. The Flashes try to react and, at the 54 ', Wambach wastes another big chance kicking out of an excellent position. Shortly thereafter, the Sky Blue go close to the goal with a shot from outside Freels that forces Wys to a spectacular diving parade. The WNY goalkeeper becomes the protagonist on another couple of occasions, managing to keep the result on the 1-0, which will also be the final result.

On Saturday, the Chicago Red Stars played at the home of the Washington Spirit, in a very important match in terms of play offs. The game unlocks after only 4 ', thanks to the Red Stars captain who chases a low cross from Tancredi. The game is open and there are opportunities for both teams: at the 28 'Press steals the ball from Niki Cross but his shot is parried by Harris in low exit. At the 39 'Spirit close to balance, denied only by a rescue of Erceg on the line. In the second half the Washington draw immediately with Nairn who finds the goal with a shot from outside the box that gets in the bag thanks to an error by the Chicago goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. At the 89 'miracle of Ashlyn Harris who, with a diving parade, denies the goal to Press that he had struck from close range. The match seems to start at the conclusion on the 1-1, but at the 94 'the Washington Spirit find the victory goal with a missile from distance by Yael Averbuch, who beats Karina LeBlanc and sets the final score on the 2-1 for the Washington.

The challenge between the Kansas City, second in the standings, and the Seattle Reign, champions of the regular season of NWSL, was also played on Saturday. The Kansas City immediately find the goal at the 5 'with Amy Rodriguez and dominate the rest of the first half, with the Reigns finding the first pitch of the game only at 33'. In the second half, the Reigns react by putting pressure on Kansas City. The goal of the draw comes at the 68 'with Megan Rapinoe reiterating a deviation from Barnhart on the header of Sydney Leruox. Both teams look for the victory goal which, however, does not arrive and the game ends with the 1-1 score. Kansas City with a victory in their next game can mathematically secure second place in the NWSL regular season.

On Sunday, Boston Breakers - WNY Flash - was played, a very entertaining and hard-fought match, despite the fact that the two teams had nothing left to ask about the championship. The first goal of the game arrives at the 8 'with Abby Wambach marking a tap in from close range, after a mess of the Boston defense. The Breakers 'draw comes at 29' with Kristie Mewis getting ready on a low Sierra cross. A minute later the WNY Kerr striker landed in the penalty area: Lloyd showed up on the spot but Naeher saved, keeping the result on the provisional 1-1. AL 49 'Abby Wambach put the WNY ahead again with a shot that crossed over Naeher and slipped under the crossbar. At 66 'Kerr makes 3-1, scoring a header on an assist from Carli Lloyd. The Boston react and draw in just ten minutes, thanks to goals from Reeves and Mewis. Unfortunately for Boston this is not enough and at 90 'Bermudez finds the victory goal for WNYs, on an action resulting from a bad mistake by Whitehill.

In the last game of the week, the Portland Thorns play at home, in front of an audience of well 19123 spectators, against the penultimate Houston Dash. There are no big chances until the 54 ', when Boquete scores by beating a perfect cross from Catley and unlocking the game. A few minutes later, Porland is close to doubling with a Shim shot that forces Mcleod into a big save. At the 82 'Alex Morgan puts in a cross-shot that is deflected by a Dash defender on the pole. A few minutes later Alex Morgan has another chance but his shot is saved by Erin Mcleod and the score remains on the 1-0 Portland. With this important victory, the Portland points to 5 the advantage points over the Chicago for the run-up to the last place available for the Play offs.

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Lorenzo Ceccarelli & Gianessi Mattia


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