The North Carolina Courage have won so many times this season they were bound to do so in a variety of ways. But it’s the most recent manner that must come as a cause for concern for the rest of the league.
After not scoring in her first six NWSL games, Ashley Hatch has a goal in each of the last three matches as the rookie forward – and No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 NWSL College Draft – has developed into yet another offensive weapon for the Courage to wield.
She scored the lone goal of the match for North Carolina in a 1-0 road victory over the Boston Breakers. The Courage maintain their lead atop the NWSL standings as well as their place as rulers of the power rankings.
See below where everyone ranks following the Week 10 games.
8-3-0, 24 pts
As if the Courage didn’t have enough attacking options to worry about. Now rookie Ashley Hatch is giving defenders fits on a weekly basis as she scored for the third game running to hand North Carolina a 1-0 win over Boston.
6-2-2, 20 pts
Just when their six-game unbeaten streak looked in jeopardy, two goals in four minutes on a pair of second-half strikes from Vanessa DiBernardo and Sofia Huerta propelled the Red Stars to a 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC and their seventh consecutive match without a loss.
5-5-1, 16 pts
Sky Blue FC put in a shift on the road against Chicago but were unable to come away with anything for their effort as they saw an early lead evaporate into a 2-1 loss against the Red Stars.
3-5-2, 11 pts
The secret is out: Francisca Ordega is good. The Nigeria international produced one of the best solo goals of the year to lead the Spirit to a 1-0 victory against Portland and has four goals and two assists on the season – including two goals in the last two games.
3-4-3, 12 pts
The Pride suffered their first shutout since opening day as they lost to Houston by a score of 2-0. The defeat was just their second loss in the last seven for Orlando as Tom Sermanni and his players have kept up the pressure on the playoff pack.
3-2-5, 14 pts
The Reign earned one of the grittiest points of the year in their 1-1 draw against FC Kansas City. Seattle endured 86 minutes with 10 players after Lauren Barnes was sent off in the 4th minute – with Nahomi Kawasumi providing the game tying goal for the vital point.
4-3-3, 15 pts
Adrianna Franch made five saves but it wasn’t enough to keep the Thorns from dropping their second straight match in a 1-0 loss to Washington. It’s the first time Portland has lost back-to-back games since July of last season.
3-3-4, 13 pts
Brittany Ratcliffe notched her first goal of the season for FC Kansas City in a 1-1 draw against Seattle. The Blues have drawn four of their last seven and dropped points from winnings positions in each of the previous two matches.
3-7-0, 9 pts
Carli Lloyd doesn’t do losing. The World Player of the Year scored on a wonder strike to lead the Dash to a 2-0 win in Orlando to see to it that Houston snapped their six-game losing streak. The Dash will look for consecutive wins for the first time this season Wednesday vs. Boston.
2-6-2, 8 pts
The Breakers have doubled their points total after 10 games from a year ago, unfortunately for Matt Beard and his players, they find themselves in the same spot: last place. A 1-0 loss to North Carolina in Week 10 was their fourth in a row.