Week 5 Rewind
Big wins for the Spirit, Dash, Thorns and Red Stars
The Red Stars beat the Courage in Week 5. (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)
The Red Stars beat the Courage in Week 5. (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)

The Washington Spirit beat Sky Blue FC 3-2 at Yurcak Field on Saturday afternoon. The Spirit are now 2-1-1 (7 points) on the season. Sky Blue FC dropped to 0-3-2 with 2 points. Cheyna Matthews scored her first two goals of the season in the win, and her first goals since 2017 after missing all of 2018 due to the birth of her son. Spirit rookie Jordan DiBiasi scored her first professional goal. Sky Blue FC got goals from Raquel Rodriguez and Imani Dorsey in the loss.

The Houston Dash beat Utah Royals FC 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Rio Tinto Stadium. It’s the first loss of the year for Utah, and they are now 3-1-0 with 9 points on the season. The Dash improved to 3-1-1 with 10 points. Dash forward Rachel Daly scored both of Houston’s goals in the win. She then received a red card in the 90th minute. Utah forward Amy Rodriguez scored the first goal of the game on an assist from Veronica Boquete. It’s Rodriguez’s second goal of the season after scoring her first last week.

Portland Thorns FC beat the Orlando Pride 3-1 on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium. The Thorns remain unbeaten at 2-0-2 with 8 points on the season. The Pride remain winless, dropping to 0-5-1 with 1 point. The Pride opened the scoring first with a goal from Toni Pressley, off a corner kick from Carson Pickett. It’s Orlando’s second goal of the season. The Thorns took the lead in the first half after goals from Dagný Brynjarsdóttir and Andressinha to go up 2-1. Andressinha’s goal came on a direct free kick in the 37th minute. Caitlin Foord added a goal for Portland in the second half.


The Chicago Red Stars scored an emphatic 3-1 victory vs. the North Carolina Courage on Sunday at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois. Sam Kerr scored twice in the match, including a strike in the 93rd minute to seal the win. The Red Stars improve to 2-1-2 with 8 points this season. It’s the first loss for the Courage since the loss to Utah Royals FC in June of 2018. It’s the first loss by two goals for the Courage since May 21, another 3-1 loss to the Chicago Red Stars. The Courage had gone 15 regular season games without a loss, just shy of Reign FC‘s record of 16 set in 2014. The Courage are now 2-1-2 with 8 points on the season.




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