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NWSL weekend update

Jazmine Reeves completed the first hat trick of the 2014 NWSL season, earning her Player of the Week.
Boston Breakers

This past weekend ushered us smack dab into the middle of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season. And as expected, the standings have shuffled a bit over the past few weeks.

The mighty Seattle Reign FC remain in first place in the NWSL standings with 26 points, followed by the Chicago Red Stars with 19, and FC Kansas City with 15. Midfielder Kim Little pulled ahead of FCKC’s Amy Rodriguez as the NWSL’s leading goal scorer with nine.

On the defensive end, U.S. Women’s National Team keeper Hope Solo made seven saves in the match against Sky Blue and is now tied for fifth in the NWSL with 32.

Here’s a look at last weekend’s NWSL matches:

Washington Spirit 3, Boston Breakers 2 (June 1, 2014)
England Women’s National Team forward, Lianne Sanderson picked up her second brace of the season. Her first goal came in the 29th minute off of a brilliant assist by Kristie Mewis.

The lead didn’t last long as a free-kick was awarded on the edge of the Breakers' penalty area for a handball. Christine Nairn (34’) stepped up and struck a left-footed thunderbolt into the net.

It would take just three minutes before the Breakers struck back with another Sanderson (37’) goal. Aussie Lisa De Vanna, who just returned from the AFC Women’s Asia Cup, fed a perfectly placed ball to Sanderson who punched in the goal.

Spirit striker, Jodie Taylor (49’, 75’) leveled the score, then knocked in the match winner. Taylor is now tied with teammate Diana Matheson as the top goal scorers on the team with five a piece.

Seattle Reign 3, Sky Blue FC 1 (June 1, 2014)
Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, in her first game back with Reign FC after missing the last four matches while with the Japanese national team for the AFC Women’s Asia Cup, scored two goals to propel Seattle in the win, extending the team’s unbeaten streak to ten games.

Sky Blue FC got on the board first in the 42nd minute, on a goal by midfielder Katy Freels from beyond the box, set up by forward Nanase Kiryu.

Despite giving up the first goal for the third straight game, Reign FC erupted for three second-half goals, the first coming in the 50th minute after forward Beverly Goebel beat her defender to find the feet of a wide open Kawasumi for the equalizer.

Just three minutes later, Scottish international Kim Little scored her league-leading ninth goal off a free kick to the far post to give Seattle the lead, after Goebel was fouled just outside the box.

In the 74th minute, Kawasumi scored her second goal courtesy of a pass from Little that eluded Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, allowing Naho to simply dribble it over the goal line.

Houston Dash 2, WNY Flash 1 (May 31, 2014)
McCall Zerboni (44’) opened the scoring for the Flash with a well-hit volley from the penalty spot. Adriana Martin played a quick give-and-go on the left flank and delivered the cross into the box for Zerboni to finish off.

The Flash nearly struck again at the start of the second half as Adriana played Samantha Kerr behind the Dash defense, but goalkeeper Bianca Henninger (starting for injured Erin McLeod) made the one-on-one save allowing Osinachi Ohale to clear the rebound out of danger.

Kealia Ohai received a throw-in from Arianna Romero in the corner of the box and turned her defender to get a low, left-footed shot away. The shot went across the path of Tiffany McCarty (51’), who got the slightest touch to kiss the ball off the inside of the post and into the net.

Nina Burger delivered the win for the Dash in the 73rd minute, getting to the near post to head home a corner kick from Stephanie Ochs. The goal was Burger’s second of the year, and was the second consecutive game the Dash converted off a corner.

NWSL Player of the Week: Jazmine Reeves, Boston Breakers
Reeves netted the first hat trick of the 2014 NWSL season and added an assist to lead the Breakers to a 4-1 victory over Portland Thorns FC, earning the 22-year old POTW for week 8.

Upcoming Matches:
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars, Benedictine U. Sports Complex Stadium at 8pm
WNY Flash vs. FC Kansas City, Durwood Stadium at 8pm

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Boston Breakers vs. FC Kansas City, Durwood Stadium at 8pm
Chicago Red Stars vs. Seattle Reign, Memorial Stadium at 10pm
WNY Flash vs. Portland Thorns, Providence Park at 10pm

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Houston Dash vs. Sky Blue FC, Yurcak Field at 6pm

All NWSL matches are available live and in high definition on YouTube.

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