It's the latest in our new segment! Resident football-expert Kristin Shaffer counts down the three best goals, three best moments and three best performances each week.
THREE BEST PERFORMANCES
3. ELLIE CARPENTER
For the second week in a row Carpenter was in the starting lineup for the Thorns. She is coming back from injury and was getting limited minutes, but has now worked herself into the starting lineup and playing a majority of the game.
This week she notched 73 minutes and they were quality minutes. Not only did Carpenter help secure the shutout for the her team, but she also helped stop one of the best offenses in the league of the Chicago Red Stars. Just think what Carpenter will be able to do once she is back to full 90 minute games.
2. STEPH CATLEY
The Reign continue to fight injuries and get their best team on the field. Even though the Reign ended up on the losing end this week they only lost 1-0. Many of their offensive weapons are unavailable which explains the limited goals this season.
It also means the Reign are playing defense more than they are playing offense and to lose a majority of their games by one goal is a true test to their defense. A main factor in that defense is Catley.
She goes in for tackles, bails her teammates out of tough situations and keeps the ball from crossing the goal line. The Reign desperately need Catley on the field at all times.
1. TEAGAN MICAH
Being a consistent starter for a top program is no easy task. Micha has guarded the UCLA goals for four years and she is making sure that her fourth year is not a slouch season. The Bruins have played two games this season and both were shutouts.
Micah’s main job is to keep the ball out of the net and she is doing just that.
Crazy stat that I had no clue about! Very honoured to be with this team💛💙 https://t.co/MKt3ltYxOr— Teagan Micah (@TeaganMicah) August 24, 2019
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