women’s soccer grows in fan base across the country.
FC KC claim their second title in two years with a 1-0 victory
over Seattle Reign Oct 1st in Portland OR for the NWSL
championship. Nicole Barnhart and the KC team defense
dialed up a shutout against the number one team in wins
for the 2015 NWSL regular season, what a strong way to end it.
Amy Rodriguez knocked in the only goal, just passed Hope Solo, from a great placed cross
from Heather O’Reilly who received a nice through ball from Lauren Holiday just seconds
earlier. Both teams battled all game up and down the pitch. Seattle had a 70th minute blown
call for a possible pk but the ref must have been out of position. Megan Rapinoe rattled the post
with a nice shot in the second half. Give credit to the head coach Vlatko Andonovski, his staff set up
a great team defense model to shut down Kim Little and the high powered Seattle Reign. Many great
players on both sides, and many small battles, Solo vs Barnhart, Holiday vs Rapinoe, Rodriguez vs
Barnes, Sauerbunn vs Little, and Coach Laura vs Coach Vlatko. Evenly matched clubs, flip a coin
and you’ll pick a winner 55/45 after 100 flips, it’s only inches in a championship game. The 2015 NWSL
season ends with many awards given out and many reflections of highlights of each club across the
country as they all now get ready for 2016. Golden Boot award goes to Crystal Dunn of the Washington
Spirit being the top goal scorer for the 2015 season. Becky Sauerbunn from FCKC got the defender of
the year award. Michele Betos of the Portland Thorns got the best goalie award. Danielle Colaprico of
the Chicago Red Stars got the rookie of the year award. Seattle’s Laura Harvey pulled in the Coach of
the year award and the Reign received the “supporters shield” having the best record in the league.
Here are some links to videos about each teams highlights through out the season.
Awesome third year of action for the NWSL as it grows stronger every year.
The US Women’s Soccer Team Continues It’s Victory Tour Across The USA.
Last two victories came against the Haiti national team who subbed in when
the Australian national team had to cancel after making the commitment to come
play in these two friendlies during Sept of 2015 schedule. Haiti was no match for the
number one team in the world, with to losses to the US by 5-0 shutout in Detroit MI,
followed by a 8-0 shutout in Birmingham AL. Carli Lloyd, Crystal Dunn, Heather O’Reilly,
Amy Rodriguez, Alex Morgan and Christen Press put on an offense show of power and quickness
to keep the crowds cheering for the 2015 World Cup Champs. Defense saw little challenges
Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbunn, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Julie Johnston(who got a goal)
Tobin Heath, Lauren Holiday, Whitney Engen, Kelley O’Hara, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach,
Lori Chalupny, Morgan Brian and Christie Rampone all had great matches sharping their skills
verses a young Haiti team. Thanks Haiti for stepping up.
Hopefully the experience of watching the NWSL Champions and the victory tour
moves on as women’s soccer grows in fan base
across the country. Watch the videos below