Week 11 Rewind
Highlights from Week 11 in the NWSL
Chicago Red Stars forward Michele Vasconcelos (left) and Sam Kerr celebrate in Week 11. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
Chicago Red Stars forward Michele Vasconcelos (left) and Sam Kerr celebrate in Week 11. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Reign FC beat Utah Royals FC 2-0 on Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah to kick off Week 11 in the NWSL. Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock scored in the 30th minute, the third consecutive game in which she has scored a goal. She added an assist in the 35th minute, but was stretchered off the field in the 54th minute with an apparent leg injury. Ifeoma Onumonu, the reigning Player of the Week, scored Reign FC’s second goal of the game, on the assist from Fishlock. It’s the first goal of her NWSL career. Bethany Balcer assisted on Fishlock’s goal. It’s the first assist of Balcer’s NWSL career.

The North Carolina Courage beat the Washington Spirit 2-1 on Saturday on the road at Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The loss snapped a seven game unbeaten streak for the Spirit. Debinha scored the first goal of the night for the Courage right at the end of the first half. She earned a foul in the box and a penalty kick attempt. Her initial effort was well stopped by Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, but Debinha cleaned up the rebound for her second goal of the year. Courage rookie forward Leah Pruitt scored her second goal of the season in the 53rd minute, after Lynn Williams forced a turnover from the Spirit backline. Crystal Thomas scored a header goal in the 82nd minute to pull the Spirit a goal back late.

Portland Thorns FC came from behind to beat the Houston Dash 2-1 on Saturday night in Houston. The win vaults the Thorns into first place in the NWSL with 19 points and a 5-1-4 record (4-1-3 on the road). The Dash took the lead in the 51st minute when Kyah Simon headed home a free kick from Christine Nairn. The Thorns comeback was engineered by substitute Tyler Lussi. She entered the match in the 63rd minute, scored in the 70th minute, and assisted on Midge Purce‘s game-winning goal in the 75th minute.

Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr scored a hat trick in her return from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Red Stars beat the Orlando Pride 3-2 on Sunday night at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Kerr leads the NWSL with nine goals, seven of which have come in her last three games. The Red Stars did not score in her international duty absence, and she has scored the last seven goals for the team. With the result, the Red Stars are now in sixth place in the NWSL with 14 points and a 4-4-2 record. The Pride remain in eighth place with a 1-8-2 record and 5 points. Pride forward Marta, also just returning from international duty, converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute that pulled Orlando to within a goal. Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu scored Orlando’s first goal of the game. It’s her second goal in as many games.

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