A look back at Week 4 in the NWSL:
Utah Royals FC improved to 3-0-0 and 9 points on the season with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars. Utah Royals FC and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart have yet to allow a goal this season, and have won all three games by the score of 1-0. The Red Stars were forced to play with 10 for the remainder of the match after Katie Johnson was issued a red card in the 42nd minute. The game was 0-0 until Amy Rodriguez scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute. Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir assisted on the goal. The win came in front of a crowd of 16,556 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe made nine saves as the Spirit and Reign FC played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday night. Bledsoe’s biggest save came in the 85th minute to deny Reign FC. She then made another save on a free kick in the 87th minute. It’s Bledsoe’s second clean sheet this season. Reign FC goalkeeper Michelle Betos made four saves to earn her first clean sheet of the year.
The North Carolina Courage and Sky Blue FC played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday night. The game was stopped in the second half and later resumed after a weather delay of over 90 minutes. The Courage are now 2-0-2 with 8 points, and still have not lost a match since the loss to Utah Royals FC last June. They are second in the standings behind Utah. Sky Blue FC are now 0-2-2 with 2 points. Courage defender Merritt Mathias made a game-saving clearance off the line in the 90th minute to stop what would’ve been a goal for Sky Blue FC. Courage goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé made two saves and Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan make three saves to pick up clean sheets.
The Houston Dash beat the Orlando Pride 1-0 on Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium to close out Week 4 in the NWSL. The Dash are now 2-1-1 with 7 points so far this season. The Pride dropped to 0-4-1 with 1 point, and were shutout for the fourth time this season. Dash forward Kealia Ohai scored the game’s only goal in the seventh minute, cutting around two Pride defenders and bending it past a diving effort from Pride goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer to the far post. The Pride were held without a shot on goal. Their best chance came in the 37th minute when a Marta header was denied by the crossbar. In the 52nd minute, a Rachel Hill goal was called back because she was offside.