The Washington Spirit moved into sole possession of first place in the NWSL with a 2-0 win over Utah Royals FC. As the league heads into a break for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Spirit will be alone in first until at least June 15, when league action returns. It’s the fourth straight for the Spirit and they are now 5-1-1 with 16 points. Utah Royals FC are now 4-2-1 with 13 points. Ashley Hatch and Dorian Bailey scored for the Spirit. It’s Hatch’s third goal of the year and Bailey’s first-ever NWSL goal. Utah forward Amy Rodriguez had her goalscoring streak snapped. Rodriguez had previously scored in four straight games.
The North Carolina Courage beat the Orlando Pride 3-0 on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium. The win snapped a four-game winless streak for the Courage, who are now 3-2-3 with 12 points. The Pride dropped to 0-7-1 on the season. Courage midfielder Kristen Hamilton scored in the 59th, 66th and 85th minute for her first career hat trick.
The Houston Dash stole a draw on the road vs. Reign FC on Sunday afternoon in Tacoma. The Dash are now 3-2-2 with 11 points and Reign FC are 2-1-4 with 10 points. Bethany Balcer scored in the 32nd minute to put Reign FC in the lead, but Dash midfielder Christine Nairn equalized in the 90th minute. Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell saved a free kick from Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock in the 67th minute to keep the match close before the Dash were able to equalize.
Portland Thorns FC beat the Chicago Red Stars 3-0 on Sunday. The match was the home opener for Portland Thorns FC following offseason renovations to Providence Park. A crowd of 19,461 attended the match, a new record attendance for a Thorns home opener. Midge Purce scored in the 27th minute and again in the 31st minute, both on assists from Simone Charley to spark the Thorns offense. Purce now has three goals on the season, all coming in her last two games. Marissa Everett added the final goal of the match for the Thorns.