Power Rankings: Hat-trick hero Sam Kerr, Sky Blue power to No. 1
Sky Blue FC pulled off one of the greatest comeback victories in league history
Sam Kerr celebrates with her teammates as Sky Blue rolled to a 3-2 victory on her hat trick. (Photo credit: Robyn W. McNeil for isiphotos.com)
Sam Kerr celebrates with her teammates as Sky Blue rolled to a 3-2 victory on her hat trick. (Photo credit: Robyn W. McNeil for isiphotos.com)

With her team trailing by two with 12 minutes to play, Samantha Kerr scored a hat trick as Sky Blue FC pulled off one of the greatest comeback victories in league history.

It was just the second time an NWSL team has rallied from a two-goal deficit to win a game – with Sky Blue FC joining the Seattle Reign as the only teams to accomplish the feat during the regular season. Teams which have trailed by two in a match are now a whopping 2-146-15 all-time.

Kerr’s three-goal performance is the 11th hat trick in NWSL history and the fifth by a non-U.S. born player. In addition, it is the latest started hat trick in league history with the first of her three goals coming in the 78th minute.

It also ranks second in terms of time between all three goals with the 12 minutes between the Australia international’s tallies only trailing the 10-minute span it took Portland Thorns forward Christine Sinclair to notch her hat trick against the Boston Breakers in July 2014.

Needless to say, the three-goal explosion had an impact on the rankings.

7-6-1, 22 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 2

What hasn’t already been said about Sam Kerr? This week she added hat trick hero, all-time leading NWSL goal scorer and all-time NWSL points leader after a comeback 3-2 win over FC Kansas City. Could this be the year she and Sky Blue FC add NWSL champion to that list?

9-4-0, 27 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 3

After not scoring in Week 11, Ashley Hatch had to fix that. The rookie scored for the fourth time in the last five games to power the Courage to 2-0 win over Seattle. North Carolina have won four of their last five and every victory has featured a goal from Hatch.

7-3-3, 24 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 2

Alyssa Naeher didn’t even need to make a save as she notched her second consecutive shutout – and fifth clean sheet this season – behind the No. 1 defense in the league as the Red Stars earned a scoreless road draw against Boston.

4-5-4, 16 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 5

The Marta goal-scoring tour is coming to a town near you. The Brazil international continued to set the league on fire with another two-goal performance in a 2-2 draw with Washington. Marta now has eight tallies on the year, one off the league lead.

4-7-2, 14 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 6

It’s time for all of us to stop sleeping on the Dash. Houston woke up following their six-game losing streak, thanks in part to Rachel Daly and rookie goalkeeper Jane Campbell. They’ve stepped it up and the Dash are now unbeaten in their last four after a 1-1 draw against Portland.

5-3-5, 20 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 4

The Reign saw their four-match unbeaten run snapped by a 2-0 loss to North Carolina. It was the first game for Seattle without Jess Fishlock (left knee) as they look to manage until her return hopefully in August.

3-6-3, 12 pts
Last week: 7

Mallory Pugh went toe-to-toe with a legend in Week 12 as she scored two goals to match Marta and twice rally her team from deficits in a 2-2 tie against Orlando. It was an enticing glimpse at the potential Pugh brings to the table.

5-4-4, 19 pts
Last week: 8

The game-tying goal Lindsey Horan scored on a free kick in second-half stoppage time was so pretty it could almost make you forget the Adrianna Franch save on a breakaway that made it possible – almost. Despite the 1-1 draw with Houston, the Thorns have just one win in their last five.

3-6-4, 13 pts
Last week: 9

Sammy Jo Prudhomme became the first goalkeeper in Breakers history to record three consecutive shutouts with an impressive eight-save performance in a scoreless draw with Chicago. The rookie has conceded just once in the first four games of her NWSL career.

3-6-4, 13 pts
Last week: 10

FC Kansas City fans will feel hard done by the red card shown to Shea Groom in the first half of their week 12 contest against Sky Blue FC. KC led by two on the road at the time of the dismissal but three second-half goals by the hosts saw the Blues lose 3-2.

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