The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has wrapped up it’s third season. As expected, the NWSL got a huge boost in attendance and attention after the Women’s World Cup and that should continue into the NWSL postseason. The 2015 NWSL playoff teams are Seattle Reign FC, FC Kansas City, Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit.
Here is how the NWSL’s final week of the regular season finished up:
FC Kansas City 3, Sky Blue FC 2
FC Kansas City faced a tough challenge in the team’s visit to Sky Blue FC. However, a brace from Amy Rodriguez and a goal from Sarah Hagen helped the Blues complete an important victory to extend their unbeaten streak to six games in the regular season finale. SBFC forward Sam Kerr registered a brace, which was the final outing of the season for the New Jersey club.
Midfielder Jen Buczkowski finished the regular season as the only player to have started all 66 games in NWSL history totaling 5,848 minutes. In the 92nd minute of the match, FCKC’s Becky Sauerbrunn was shown an uncharacteristic yellow card.
Seattle Reign FC 2, Washington Spirit 1
In the 15th minute, Jess Fishlock chested a perfect ball from Megan Rapinoe before striking it on the volley past goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Just 10 minutes later, Rapinoe fired a shot from 23 yards out that sailed past Harris for the goal.
The Spirit would cut the lead in half in the 36th minute after a foul was called on defender Lauren Barnes for a foul on midfielder Diana Matheson in the box. Matheson stepped up to the spot and fired her kick past goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Western New York Flash 3, Portland Thorns FC 2
In the 6th minute, Samantha Mewis sent the ball across to Nigeria’s Halimatu Ayinde for her first NWSL goal. Just two minutes later, forward Jasmyne Spencer made a run behind the defense and poked the ball into the open net.
Mewis then got on the board herself, with a great individual effort to strip the ball from defender Claire Polkinghorne close to the Thorns net. The rookie made no mistake, firing the ball past Betos for the three-goal lead. Portland earned a goal back in the 24th minute after Alex Morgan collected a ball on the left side and found Jodie Taylor in the middle for the one-touch score. Allie Long scored the Thorns second goal late in the match, after Jones first made a save on Shim.
Chicago Red Stars 1, Houston Dash 1
In a tightly contested affair, Chicago goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc put in a world-class performance two days after announcing her retirement from pro soccer at the end of the campaign, and red-hot teammate Christen Press bagged a dramatic late equalizer for her tenth goal in just twelve NWSL games. Former Red Star midfielder Ella Masar gave the Dash the lead with an excellent second-half strike.
2015 NWSL Play-Off schedule:
Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City – Sunday, September 13 at Toyota Park, 1:30 p.m. ET
Tickets are available on Chicago Red Stars website. http://www.redstarsgear.com/tickets.html
Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit – Sunday, September 13 at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium, 9:30 p.m. ET.
Tickets are available on Reign FC’s website. at www.reignfc.com/semifinal.
All NWSL matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports1 and aired on YouTube 24 hours after the match.
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