Another jock behaving poorly robbed the National Women’s Soccer League of positive headlines this weekend as the leagues leader in shutouts and wins landed in jail. Hope Solo, Seattle Reign FC’s goalie, is due in court June 23 after being arrested for allegedly assaulting her sister and nephew at a party June 21.
Solo, 32, appeared drunk and upset, police said, and her 17-year-old nephew and adult sister had visible injuries. Sadly domestic violence may be nothing new to Solo.
Thus far neither the league nor team have done anything. Even if charges are dropped, her bosses should require substance abuse treatment and anger management. Put the person first.
As it turned out, the Reign didn’t need Solo June 22 as they rallied from down a goal to steal a 2-1 win over the Western New York Flash. Sydney Leroux scored the game winner in the 90th minute, off a chip into the box by midfielder Jessica Fishlock, as Seattle extended its undefeated streak to a league-record 13 games.
The Flash got on the board first in the 61st minute, with midfielder Samantha Kerr heading one past goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer off a corner kick from Vicky Losada. After two games Kopmeyer has passed Solo in goals against average with .5.
Seattle scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute with a free kick by Kim Little, the NWSL’s leading scorer, from 35 yards out. Little’s ball was served into a crowded box and deflected off Flash midfielder Carli Lloyd before sailing past Williams for the goal.
Just seven minutes later, Leroux’s third game-winning goal of the season gave Seattle the lead. Fishlock picked up her team-leading fourth assist on the goal.
Second place FC Kansas City shut out Chicago Red Stars 1-0 to stay in second and create space between the third place Red Stars. Jen Buczkowski scored the lone goal of the night with Merritt Mathias credited with the assist.
Portland Thorns FC set a club record for goals in a single game, scoring four in the second half to earn a 6-1 victory against the Washington Spirit behind a pair of goals from forwards Alex Morgan and Jessica McDonald June 21.
Portland exploded in the second half, scoring four goals after taking a 2-0 lead into halftime. Morgan recorded her first two-goal effort for Thorns FC in the 71st minute intercepting a clearance by Spirit goalkeeper Chantel Jones and chipping it in from outside the box.
McDonald, a substitute for Morgan in the 82nd minute, wasted no time scoring back-to-back goals in the 85th and 87th minutes to increase Portland’s lead to 5-1. McDonald finished inside the box after the initial save from Jones on midfielder Sinead Farrelly’s shot in the 85th minute. Defender Sarah Huffman made a long run down the left flank in the 87th minute, playing a cross to McDonald for the finish at the back post.
Thorns FC tallied 20 shots in the match, including 13 in the second half. Portland finished the game with a season-high 13 shots on goal. Goalkeeper Michelle Betos earned her second win for Thorns FC in goal making four saves in the game.
The loss was the Spirit’s third in a row. Albeit the team played without national team members Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger, but Washington only scored only one goal in that period.