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OCT 27
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Power Rankings: Nichelle Prince, Dash push unbeaten run to six straight
Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns FC move up, but the Houston Dash take control of the top spot in this week's power rankings.
Andressinha provided the assist on Nichelle Prince's game-winner for the Houston Dash, which helped earn them the top spot in this week's Power Rankings. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne for isiphotos.com)
Andressinha provided the assist on Nichelle Prince's game-winner for the Houston Dash, which helped earn them the top spot in this week's Power Rankings. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne for isiphotos.com)

Nichelle Prince scored her third goal of the season – and second game-winning tally – for the Houston Dash to deliver a 1-0 victory over the Boston Breakers and send her team onto a club-record sixth consecutive match without a loss.

Andressinha provided the assist on the goal. The Brazil international and Prince have been directly involved in the last three game-winning goals for the Dash. Houston have trailed for just 10 minutes in the past six games – and have now led for 422 minutes this season, third most in the league.

Elsewhere, the two best offenses in the league traded blows in one of the most epic games in NWSL history as Megan Rapinoe grabbed back the top spot in the race for the Golden Boot with a hat trick to lead the Seattle Reign to a 5-4 win over Sky Blue.

Rapinoe joins Nadia Nadim as the only players to score three goals in a game on two separate occasions and the U.S. international is the oldest player to record a hat trick in the history of the league.

1
HOUSTON DASH
6-7-2, 20 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 2

The Dash set a new club record with their sixth straight game without a loss following a 1-0 victory over Boston. No one in the league has more points than Houston during that stretch as the Dash have surged to within four points of the playoff spots.


2
CHICAGO RED STARS
8-3-4, 28 pts
Up: 2
Last week: 4

Christen Press continued to crush it in Week 14 with two goals to lead the Red Stars to a 2-1 victory over Orlando. The U.S. international has eight goals on the season – including three game-winners – and Chicago has lost just once in the last 12 games on their way to the top spot in the NWSL standings.


3
PORTLAND THORNS FC
7-4-4, 25 pts
Up: 3
Last week: 6

Allie Long scored the 30th goal of her NWSL career and Mallory Weber scored her first professional goal as the Thorns rallied for a 2-1 win against Washington. It was the first victory for Portland after trailing in a match this year.


4
SEATTLE REIGN FC
6-3-6, 24 pts
Up: 3
Last week: 7

In a battle of MVP candidates, Megan Rapinoe made her case with a hat trick – including the game-winning goal – for the Reign in a 5-4 victory over Sky Blue FC. Seattle has lost just once in the last seven and won three of their last five.


5
ORLANDO PRIDE
5-6-4, 19 pts
Down: 4
Last week: 1

It’s been a topsy-turvy season for the Pride, who slipped to a 2-1 road loss versus Chicago in Week 14. Orlando has won back-to-back games just once this year and faces another huge matchup with the Red Stars in Week 15.


6
SKY BLUE FC
7-7-2, 23 pts
Down: 3
Last week: 3

The league’s comeback specialists were at it again in Week 14, becoming the first team in NWSL history to level the score after trailing by four goals. Unfortunately for the Jersey side, there was one more goal in the game – and it wasn’t theirs – as Sky Blue FC fell to a 5-4 loss against Seattle.


7
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
9-5-0, 27 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 5

The Courage will have to wait for their Week 14 away game against FC Kansas City. The match will be rescheduled after the game was abandoned in 39th minute due to weather and safety concerns. The unexpected bye week was costly for North Carolina, who slipped out of first place.


8
BOSTON BREAKERS
3-7-5, 14 pts
Last week: 8

Abby Smith made a career-high 10 saves but the Breakers saw their four-game unbeaten run snapped with a 1-0 loss against Houston in Week 14. The setback was 10th consecutive away match without a victory for Boston.


9
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
3-8-3, 12 pts
Last week: 9

Havana Solaun scored her fourth goal of the year but the Spirit suffered their second loss in a game in which they led as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Portland. Washington is now winless in a season-high four consecutive matches.


10
FC KANSAS CITY
3-7-4, 13 pts
Last week: 10

FC Kansas City will have to squeeze another match into the remainder of their schedule after their Week 14 encounter with North Carolina was called off during the first half due to weather. The Blues will now look to snap their seven-game winless run against Boston in Week 15.

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