PBP: NWSL Week 1 Discussion

Discussion in 'NWSL' started by Semblance17, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Gilmoy

    Gilmoy Member+

    Jun 14, 2005
    Pullman, Washington
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    70' 1-1 Jenkins is down with right leg cramp at circle top left touch. Stoppage, as Jiménez Delgado stretches her out. Injuries update: Spencer is on bench with full leg brace + crutches, Oyster got taken to locker room in wheelchair :eek:

    73' 1-1 Jenkins drives down to 2m mid-left, cross blocked back. Groom taps back to Kellond-Knight at 12m 6-left, her shot blocked by a defender's body, over endline left.

    74' 1-1 Andrews left ck, high to 6m center. Groom sneaks in behind somebody, lunge-heads but pops it way over bar.

    74' 1-1 Houston subs in:
    - (1 of 3) #9 Hayley Hanson for #14 Nichelle Prince
    - (2 of 3) #12 Veronica Latsko for #9 Kealia Ohai.
     
  2. Gilmoy

    Gilmoy Member+

    Jun 14, 2005
    Pullman, Washington
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    76' 1-1 Houston longball to arc top left, Daly jump-heads backward into Huerta's stride. Huerta veers to arc right, shoots right instep on the run, off right post 3/4 high, bounces rightward.

    78' 1-1 Houston poke a pass toward Daly at 18m mid-left. McNabb clatters into Daly's planted feet, Daly gets flattened down -- and foot gets trapped? Ball squirts down mid-left, Schmidt breaks through alone and creeps to 4m 4-left -- but closes down her own window? Hard left foot shot into Betos's chest, ball bounces away and Barnes(?) spin-volleys clear.

    Daly stays down, holding ankle, play continues. Seattle laboriously work to midfield wide left, then finally play into far touch. Stoppage, trainer, Daly limps into end zone, pulls down sock and shows a livid purple bruise high above right ankle.
     
  3. Gilmoy

    Gilmoy Member+

    Jun 14, 2005
    Pullman, Washington
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    82' 1-1 Jenkins cuts in through box left to 9m mid-left, ground cross to 10m center, Long one-touch left foot shot skims just over bar and Campbell's fingertips.

    83' 1-1 Daly returns: purple (vs.) Reign :barefoot:

    86' 1-1 Reign FC subs in (3 of 3) NRI #24 Bethany Balcer for #11 Darian Jenkins. NAIA to NWSL :thumbsup:
     
  4. Gilmoy

    Gilmoy Member+

    Jun 14, 2005
    Pullman, Washington
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #79 Gilmoy, Apr 14, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
    89' 1-1 Daly works down box right, gets closed down 1-v-2, backpasses to arc top box right. Comeau chips to 8m center, ball squirts through a 2-v-3 jumping scrum and bounces to 4m 1/4 left. Latsko emerges from the scrum first, Betos slides out horizontally at 4m, Latsko stretches left roundhouse and shoots into Betos's thighs. Ball sits at 4m center, Latsko lunges at it, Nielsen swings right foot to clear but blasts it off Latsko's chest goalward, off McNabb's chest in the way, finally volleyed rightward by Barnes(?).

    90+2' (of +3') 1-1 Brooks backpass to Campbell at own 6-top left, J.Taylor veers to press. Campbell seems to not acquire Taylor :oops:, clangs ball into wheelhouse and steps back to set up a long kick -- then steps forward as Taylor collects ball centerward, Taylor sprawls down, Polkinghorne clears. Foul, tripping, pk.

    90+4' (of +3') 1-1 J.Taylor pk, right instep to 1/4 right low hard, Campbell dives and double-blocks ball down into turf. All chase the high bounce, Groom hops but underruns ball, heads a bloop way upward, and it lands on the roof 1/4 left.

    FT 1-1.
     
  5. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hey, a team from Ecotopia won!:thumbsup:

    The other team from Ecotopia tied away, which isn't so bad, except that wow, for a while their defenders seemed intent on passing the ball to the other team just outside the box they were defending.:eek:
     
  6. McSkillz

    McSkillz Member+

    UCLA Bruins
    United States
    Nov 22, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  7. holden

    holden Member+

    Dundee FC, Yeovil Town LFC, Girondins de Bordeaux
    Oct 20, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Dundee FC
    Wasn't able to watch live. We need more west coast games that start at 7 PM Pacific... ;)

    Orlando has had the same general roster issues since their expansion: no midfield and a mediocre (at best) defense. Why they continue to think all they need to win is to have the best offense in the world is baffling.
     
  8. Blaze20

    Blaze20 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Seattle Reign FC
    Sep 22, 2009
    Club:
    Philadelphia Independence
    Lol so I promised to watch the game here but thought the Reign game was on saturday. Anyway I did watch the game on sunday and now that I'm a little less angry I'll probably have detailed impressions in the Reign chat.
     
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  9. BlueCrimson

    BlueCrimson Member+

    North Carolina Courage
    United States
    Nov 21, 2012
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    But they don't have the best offense. That makes it even worse.
     
  10. holden

    holden Member+

    Dundee FC, Yeovil Town LFC, Girondins de Bordeaux
    Oct 20, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Dundee FC
    lol. I didn't want to pour salt on the wound I had just made...
     
  11. Semblance17

    Semblance17 Member+

    Apr 27, 2013
    Lighthouse Point, FL
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Back from my trip to the Orlando game. I attended this match in between two excursions yesterday into Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park, through which I suppose I indirectly supported the Pride. :rolleyes:

    It struck me that Orlando spent much of the first half on the back foot [and in their own half] hoping to score on a breakaway play, and relying on Harris's heroics to keep the Thorns from finding the back of the net. Given the way Portland seemed to dominate the match, the fact that these some of these stats such as possession didn't end up more lopsided in their favor surprises me.
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    Granted, I wasn't the only one to notice amazing effort from players like Sonnett to keep Orlando out of the match after the Thorns took the lead. I was a little disappointed in Portland that they seemed too quick to resort to physicality in several instances. That can come back to bite them in a game without such a decidedly non-interventionist ref on the field.

    Anyway, I had no problem with witnessing a Tobin Heath goal in person on my end of the field for the second time in as many matches. Visiting The Happiest Place on Earth and my own personal Happy Place in the same day? Not too shabby...
     
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  12. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
    Italy
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    I agree with all the criticism against Orlando. On the other hand, if I remember well, Morgan hit the woodwork twice in this first game, so, on top of the general poor performance, they were also slightly unlucky...
     
  13. holden

    holden Member+

    Dundee FC, Yeovil Town LFC, Girondins de Bordeaux
    Oct 20, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Dundee FC
    And Portland bungled a couple shots that should've gone in, so they were slightly unlucky too... ;) (And that's not even mentioning the incredible saves Harris made)
     
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  14. Smallchief

    Smallchief Member+

    Oct 27, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Let's acknowledge Bethany Balcer who played four minutes for the Reign in the first match of the season. Balcer was not drafted and played her college ball at the nationally-known soccer powerhouse of Spring Arbor University which enrolls 1,380 students.

    Spring Arbor University is in the metropolis of Spring Arbor, Michigan, population 2,881.

    So far as I can tell, Balcer is the only undrafted rookie to appear in a match so far this year.

    Go Bethany!
     
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  15. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree, Orlando is not as bad as some people seem to be saying. Especially in the latter part of the game, Marta and Morgan were serious threats. Orlando looks like they'll be able to score some goals this year. Their defense is the issue, the Thorns could have had three or four more goals.
     
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  16. Blaze20

    Blaze20 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Seattle Reign FC
    Sep 22, 2009
    Club:
    Philadelphia Independence
    Are we using this for week 2? This looks like it will be a good match up
     
  17. Gilmoy

    Gilmoy Member+

    Jun 14, 2005
    Pullman, Washington
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oops, I see that NWSL themselves call this "Week 2". Quick, new thread!
     
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