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OCT 27
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Power Rankings: Thorns claim No. 1
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
The Thorns have won three straight games. (Photo credit: Sam Ortega/isiphotos.com)
The Thorns have won three straight games. (Photo credit: Sam Ortega/isiphotos.com)

The Portland Thorns powered to their third consecutive victory behind goals from Emily Sonnett and Tyler Lussi in a 2-1 home win over the Houston Dash as the Cascadia club claimed all nine points from a three-game stretch for the first time this season.

The Thorns have won each match during their current run by a single goal and now rank third in the league with 16 points earned from games decided by one goal or less.

Coach Mark Parsons and his players have lost just once in the last six matches – posting a 4-1-1 record in that timeframe – and are poised to keep that going with just two of their final eight regular-season match against teams currently outside the top four.

 

See how everyone ranks following Week 15’s games.

1
PORTLAND THORNS FC
8-4-4, 28 pts
Up: 2
Last week: 3

The Thorns reeled off their third straight win with a 2-1 triumph over Houston as Sonnett and Lussi both scored. Portland plays five of their next seven away from home – starting with a big Week 16 test against Chicago.


2
CHICAGO RED STARS
8-3-5, 29 pts
Last week: 2

Sofia Huerta painted a masterpiece with a left-footed curler that provided the Red Stars with a 1-1 road draw versus Orlando. The result extended Chicago’s unbeaten run to five games – but Huerta & Co. have had to settle for draws in three of their last four.


3
HOUSTON DASH
6-8-2, 20 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 1

Carli Lloyd scored her second goal of the year but the Dash saw their club record six-game unbeaten run come to an end with a 2-1 road loss to Portland. Houston will look to get back on track against FC Kansas City in Week 16.


4
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
10-5-0, 30 pts
Up: 3
Last week: 7

The Courage absolutely humbled the No. 1 offense in the league as they only allowed two shots on goal in a 1-0 win over Seattle as Abby Erceg and Abby Dahlkemper continued to put forward their credentials as the best center back pairing in the league. Lynn Williams also scored as NC returned to the top of the standings.


5
ORLANDO PRIDE
5-6-5, 20 pts
Last week: 5

Alex Morgan got her name on the score sheet for the second time this season after Jasmyne Spencer put in some serious work to set up the goal for the Pride in a 1-1 home draw with Chicago. Orlando have inched to within four points of a playoff spot and will try to close that gap with two matches in Week 16.


6
SEATTLE REIGN FC
6-4-6, 24 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 4

The force of Seattle’s irresistible offense ran into the unmovable wall of North Carolina’s objectively impressive defense in a 1-0 loss for the Reign. It was the fourth time all season coach Laura Harvey’s team have been shutout. Week 16 will see the two squads meet again as the Reign put their NWSL record 26-game home scoring streak on the line.


7 
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
4-8-3, 15 pts
Up: 2
Last week: 9

How do you snap out of a four-game winless run? With your club’s biggest victory in 32 games, of course. Rookie Arielle Ship had a breakout performance with a goal and two assists as the Spirit roared to a 4-1 win against Sky Blue FC that also halted a nine-game winless run on the road.


8
BOSTON BREAKERS
3-7-6, 14 pts
Last week: 8

Rosie White scored a pair of well taken goals to help the Breakers earn a 2-2 home draw against FC Kansas City in Week 15 as Boston was able to earn a point for just the second time this season when giving up the first goal.


9 
SKY BLUE FC
7-8-2, 23 pts
Down: 3
Last week: 6

Maya Hayes scored the eighth-fasted goal in league history 73 seconds into Sky Blue FC’s Week 15 match against Washington. Unfortunately, that was the only goal for Sky Blue in a 4-1 loss to the Spirit. Alarm bells are ringing on defense as they’ve allowed four goals in the second half of each of the previous two games.


10
FC KANSAS CITY
3-7-5, 14 pts
Last week: 10

A 2-2 road draw against Boston stopped the bleeding of a club record four-game losing streak as Maegan Kelly and Erika Tymrak provided the offense. KC face a challenging Week 16 with matches against North Carolina and Houston as they hope to end an eight-match winless run.

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