Highlights from another memorable weekend in the NWSL filed with a lot of late drama.
Utah Royals FC and Portland Thorns FC played to a wild 2-2 draw on Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in front of 15,931 fans to kick off Week 14 in the NWSL. Portland forward Christine Sinclair and Utah forward Christen Press traded spectacular goals in the first half. An own goal off the foot of Sauerbrunn gave Portland the lead in the 87th minute, but Utah defender Rachel Corsie scored the game-tying goal in the 90th minute. Franch made two huge saves in stoppage time, including one off her face, to preserve the draw.
The Orlando Pride beat Sky Blue FC 1-0 in Week 14 in front of 9,415 fans at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Pride rookie forward Marisa Viggiano scored the game’s only goal, her first professional score. It’s the first clean sheet of the season for the Pride.
The Houston Dash beat the Washington Spirit 2-1 on Saturday night in Boyds, Maryland, in front of a sellout crowd of 5,500 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Spirit midfielder Jordan DiBiasi opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, but the Dash came from behind with goals from Kristie Mewis and Amber Brooks in the 56th and 72nd minutes. The Dash were called for a foul in the box on Andi Sullivan in the 90th minute, but Jane Campbell stopped Mallory Pugh‘s penalty kick to save the win.
The Chicago Red Stars beat the North Carolina Courage 2-1 on Sunday in front of 17,388 fans at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois. Vanessa DiBernardo and Sam Kerr scored for the Red Stars. Kerr now has 10 goals and continues to lead the Golden Boot race. Lynn Williams scored for the Courage. She now has 6 goals and four assists.
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— NWSL (@NWSL) July 22, 2019