Washington should leap past Kansas City, Portland and Western New York, as the Spirit have in the National Women’s Soccer League standings, in this week’s NWSL power rankings. Washington rallied from a 2-1 first half deficit June 1 to beat Boston 3-2. The Spirit are riding a three-game unbeaten streak.
Diana Matheson fed Jodie Taylor twice in the second half. The game-winner came in the75th minute. The tying goal came in the 49th minute.
The Breakers Lianne Sanderson started the scoring off a Kristie Mewis assist in the 29th minute. Washington’s Christine Narin knotted the contest with a free kick strike five minutes later. Sanderson again found net in the 37th minute with an assist from Lisa De Vanna.
The weekend results leave the top middle of the NWSL standings clogged. Washington (5-4-1) is third with 16 points. After a bye week, the Kansas City Football Club, (4-4-3) is fourth with 15 points. The Portland Thorns Football Club (4-3-2) fell to the Breakers May 28. It sits in fifth with 14 points.
The league leading Seattle Reign FC earned a 3-1 victory over Sky Blue FC June 1 in N.J. Naho Kawasumi returned to the Reign after missing four games with the Japanese national team. She scored two goals to propel Seattle in the win, extending the team’s unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Sky Blue FC got on the board first in the 42nd minute, on a goal by midfielder Katy Freels set up by forward Nanase Kiryu. Reign FC rallied 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.
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.