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NWSL Plays of the Week: Megan Rapinoe helps OL Reign to Shield

OL Reign forward Megan Rapinoe (15) celebrates with OL Reign forward Jordyn Huitema (9) after scoring a goal against the Orlando Pride in the first half at Lumen Field. (Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports)

The final weekend of the NWSL regular season brought the drama, with the NWSL Shield and the last postseason spot up in the air.

Star players helped settle the playoff picture ahead of the start of the NWSL postseason on Oct. 16.

NWSL Plays of the Week

Yuki Nagasato’s playoff-clinching rocket

Yuki Nagasato sealed a playoff spot for the Chicago Red Stars with a stunning late-game individual effort. The Chicago forward faked out her defender before letting off a left-footed rocket from the top of the box to put the Red Stars up 2-0 with less than 10 minutes left to play Sunday against Angel City FC.

Chicago’s 2-0 win clinched the sixth and final NWSL playoff berth, sending the Red Stars to the postseason for the seventh straight season.

“Yuki’s the last one off the field every day, every single day,” Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher said following Sunday’s victory. “Yuki’s the last one off the field doing shooting, hitting that exact same shot that she hit tonight.”

Megan Rapinoe helps OL Reign to NWSL Shield

Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring Saturday for OL Reign, putting her side up early in an NWSL Shield-clinching 3-0 win over the Orlando Pride.

The U.S. women’s national team forward found herself in space, making a well-timed run into the box to connect on a perfectly-placed pass from Jordyn Huitema.

“For us as a club, this Shield is incredibly important. This was incredibly important to us. We want to compete for everything,” Rapinoe said, adding that the team’s sights are set on clinching an ever-elusive NWSL Championship.

Sophia Smith makes Thorns history

Sophia Smith made history in the Portland Thorns’ 3-3 draw with Gotham FC Saturday, setting the club record for goals in a season.

The 22-year-old’s brace brought her tally to 14 goals on the season, surpassing Lindsay Horan’s previous record of 13.

One minute after burying a penalty in the 44th minute, Smith expertly one-timed a cross from Hina Sugita to clinch the Thorns scoring record in style.

“It’s an honor,” Smith said of the feat. “I couldn’t do it without an amazing team and amazing coach behind me. This season has been a lot of fun, honestly. I haven’t been thinking too much about any awards or records or anything.”