Thorns win, Dash and Red Stars draw: highlights
Portland beats KC, 2-1, while Houston and Chicago draw 0-0.
More FAWSL, more goals. Here are the top 5 we saw this weekend:
This past weekend was just another day at the office for the all-time top scorer in FAWSL history. In the first three minutes of the match, an errant pass from Manchester City landed the ball at Miedema’s feet in a dangerous area outside the box. The Arsenal striker took a touch inside and cracked a rolling shot to give her team the early lead. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as Man City stormed back to take the 2-1 win.
One week after recording her first hat trick for Chelsea, Sam Kerr once again made her presence known early on against Brighton, hitting the back corner pocket with an exceptional header. Jonna Anderson started the play with a pass down the left flank to teammate Pernille Harder, who lofted it into the six. Kerr read the pass perfectly before flicking it safely passed the hands of the Brighton goalkeeper. This 21st-minute, clinical header was Chelsea’s only score of the match, resulting in a 1-0 win.
Miscommunication between Tottenham teammates led to a flat ball being played to no one in their own defensive half. Seizing the opportunity, Aston Villa’s Nadine Hanssen jumped on the poor pass before catching Tottnham’s goalkeeper off of her line. Hanssen cleverly lobs the ball over the keeper, landing it safely in the back of the net. Regrettably, Hanssen’s goal was the only tally of the match for Aston Villa, as they fell to Tottenham in a 3-1 battle.
Emily Van Egmond may have opened the floodgates for West Ham United in their 4-0 defeat of Bristol City, but her goal would not have been possible if it weren’t for the relentless effort of her teammate, Martha Thomas. In slippery conditions, Thomas cut inside the Bristol defender to chase down the ball just before it would have passed out of bounds. She then drove inside and lifted a curling ball to her teammate Van Egmond, who sends the ball back post through the legs of her defender. Simply sublime.
Manchester City and Arsenal found themselves tied at one apiece as stoppage time began in their nail-biting match. But in the 94th minute, City’s high-press led to a series of shots, none of which Arsenal could successfully clear. One Manchester City shot was rebounded off an Arsenal defender and collected by Georgia Stanway, who winded up a shot that was deflected by her teammate Ellen White. That shot then ricocheted back to Caroline Weir, who finally placed a line-drive shot back post. Weir’s goal was massive as it sealed a 2-1 victory over the now third-place Arsenal.
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