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NWSL week 5: Seattle remains perfect; Sky Blue win first

Former Hoya Emily Menges made a key stop for Portland May 3.

It took five weeks, but every NWSL club has a win under its belt following May 3 action. New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC joined the ranks May 3 with a 1-0 win over the visiting Boston Breakers.

Mexican striker Monica Ocampo scored the game’s lone goal in the 14th minute with an assist from Kelley O’Hara. Goalkeeper Brittany Cameron received credit for four saves in net.

Breakers striker Lisa De Vanna was given a red card after a conference with an official in the final minute. She was called for taking down one of the Sky Blue prior to the call.

Seattle at Washington

Seattle kept its record perfect with a 2-1 road win at Washington. U.S. international Sydney Leroux scored the game winner in the 76th minute. She shot past Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris following a one-on-one battle with defender Tori Huster.

Ali Krieger opened the game’s scoring with her first goal of the season at 53 minutes. Krieger’s goal marked the first goal allowed by Reign FC during open play and the first time Reign FC would need to rally this season.

Two minutes later, Kim Little floated in a cross toward the far post, which was headed past Harris by Leroux and into the goal by Jess Fishlock for the equalizer.

Harris made six saves in the losing effort. Hope Solo only faced two shots, stopping one.

Portland v WNY

Portland remained undefeated May 3 after battling Western New York to a 1-1 rain soaked tie. The game was delayed for 43 minutes just seven minutes after it started.

Spaniards continue to spice the Flash lineup. Sonia Bermudez put the Flash ahead 1-0 in the 39th minute. Vicky Losada posted five points in her debut on April 13 against Washington.

Thorn Jessica McDonald evened the score after WNY misplayed a ball in front of its net. Flash Midfielder Sarah Huffman sent a cross into the penalty area and, though Lydia Williams got her hands on the ball, it fell to the feet of McDonald who was waiting inches away.

Former Georgetown star Emily Menges played a big roll in the Thorn tie. Toward the end of the first half Angie Kerr beat two Thorn defenders on her way to goal, but Menges ended the threat with a last second block.

KC at Houston

Houston had everything going for it May 3. More than 5,000 fans jammed BBVA Compass Stadium and the weather was perfect. The Dash had everything except an offense as Kansas City dominated Houston on the road 4-0.

Liz Bogus put a shot in net in the 12th minute for the game winner. She was only one of four KC players who would score. Lauren Holiday picked up a pair of assists. Nicole Barnhart stopped three shots on goal earning the shutout.

KC’s Amy Rodriguez again broke free in the 58th minute for another one-on-one run to goal. Rodriguez, one of the scorers, spent much of the game near the net. Houston defender Osinachi Ohale caught up to Rodriguez and tackled her from behind, just outside of the penalty box. The move earned Ohale a red card and forced the Dash to play short-handed for the remainder of the match.

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