It was another big weekend for the Aussies in Europe and USA.
The first game of the week in the NWSL saw the Orlando Pride take on the Utah Royals. The Pride who are still searching for their first win on the season got off to another slow start and saw the Royals go up 1-0 in the 19th minute.
The Pride had a season high ten corners in the match but were unable to convert any of their chances and walked away from the game with another loss. The 1-0 defeat has Orlando in the last place with a 0-3-1 record and the victory for the Royals has them in second place with a 2-0-0 record.
Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond both played a full 90 minutes for the Pride. Kennedy had two shots on goal and van Egmond recorded 3 corner kicks for the squad.
The second game of the week had Sky Blue FC hosting the Portland Thorns. Sky Blue took an early 2-0 lead over the Thorns scoring in the 6th and 18th minute.
After the Thorns were able to settle into the game they managed to net a goal in the 32nd minute.
A mere two minutes later the Thorns found the equalizer. For the second game this season Caitlin Foord was able to cross the ball from the right side of the field into her teammate, Tobin Heath, who backheeled the ball past the goalkeeper.
The four goals in the first half would be all the game saw, awarding each team a point for the tie. The Thorns sit in fourth place with a record of 1-0-2 and Sky Blue now have a 0-2-1 record which puts them in eighth place.
Foord and Carpenter go a full 90 minutes in the game for Portland while Hayley Raso still looks to join the team with her visa pending.
The Houston Dash travelled to the defending NWSL champions, NC Courage, for their week 3 matchup. The Courage proved they’re the team to beat once again this season, scoring four goals by four different players ultimately having a 4-0 lead late in the game.
The Dash were able to avoid the shutout when Kyah Simon was able to find her Dash teammate, Rachel Daly, making a run down the right side of the field. Simon’s through ball reached Daly just outside the 18-yard box where Daly cut the ball to her left foot and launched the ball into the side netting for a goal.
The Courage would go onto win 4-1.
The Courage remain undefeated and in first place with a 2-0-1 record and the Dash are in fifth place with a 1-1-1 record.
Simon was subbed into the game in the 77th minute marking her first appearance in the 2019 NWSL season. Clare Polkinghorne put in another full 90 minutes in the backline for the Dash.
The final game of the week was between the Chicago Red Stars and Reign FC.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but had to be moved to Sunday, due to a snowstorm in the Chicago area. The Red Stars made the wait well worth it for the fans scoring three goals for the team’s first victory of the season.
It was the first time in six regular season games, dating back to last season, that Sam Kerr did not score for the Red Stars. The loss for the Reign puts the team in seventh place having a record of 0-1-2 and the victory for Chicago has them in third place with a record of 1-0-2.
Kerr played a full game for Chicago while Elise Kellond-Knight was subbed into the game for the Reign in the 69th minute. Lydia Williams got her first start of the season for the Reign making six saves in the game. Steph Catley was listed as unavailable once again for the Reign due to a calf strain.
43' Save! Kerr sprints into space and blasts a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Williams is off her line and parries it away!— Reign FC (@ReignFC) April 28, 2019
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Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison were in a bye week for the Washington Spirit.
The team is in sixth place with a 1-1-0 record.
Tameka Yallop played a full game in Klepp IL’s 1-0 victory over Trondhiems-Ørn. Klepp sits in third place with 12 points.
Primera Division (Spain)
Atletico Madrid continues their dominance with a 3-0 victory over VCF Femenino. Alex Chidiac was an unused sub for the team who remains in first place with 81 points.
Aivi Luik got the starting nod for Levante and put in 77 minutes of work for the team. Levante would go on to lose 1-0 to Madrid CFF.
The loss puts them in third place with 57 points.
Úrvalsdeild Kvenna (Iceland)
Grace Maher recently signed a contract with Icelandic club, KR Reykjavik FC. The team competes in the top Icelandic division, the Úrvalsdeild Kvenna.
Thank you! Very grateful and excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started ⚽️🇮� https://t.co/w2vTqmepoW— Grace Maher (@gracemaher10) April 22, 2019