NWSL Matchday 14, the UWS and Ali Hall

Catch up on all of the action from the NWSL and the UWS!

Welcome back to another exciting edition of Goalside Gossip, your ultimate source for all things women's soccer!

The NWSL went crazy this week with two games that had red cards and PLENTY of goals, with Orlando scoring 6 past Utah. In the UWS, there was plenty of action with so many goals being piled up that it was hard to keep track. So sit down, relax and get ready for all of the action in the world of women’s soccer this past week.

What to expect on this week’s edition of Goalside Gossip:

  1. NWSL - Orlando Pride Thrashes Utah Royals (6-0)

  2. NWSL - Seattle Reign vs Racing Louisville 🟥 (1-1)

  3. NWSL - KC Current vs Portland Thorns (4-1)

  4. NWSL - Casey Stone on the NWSL Schedule

  5. UWS - Our Favorite Matches (some crazy scorelines 👀 )

  6. Feature Player Spotlight - Ali Hall, U.S. Women's Beach Soccer National Team

As always, we have more in store with exclusive player interviews, tactical breakdowns, and a closer look at how teams are gearing up for upcoming matches. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's blend of Goals, Gossip, and Glory from the world of women's soccer. Whether you're a seasoned fan or new to the sport, there's something here for everyone as we celebrate the passion and skill of these incredible athletes.


Orlando Pride vs
Utah Royals (6-0)

The Orlando Pride achieved a historic 6-0 victory over the Utah Royals, extending their unbeaten streak to 14 games. Barbra Banda and Marta each scored twice, with Summer Yates and Ally Watt adding to the tally. The Pride's dominant performance saw them put 21 of 28 shots on target, setting a new club record for the largest margin of victory. Head Coach Seb Hines praised the team's focus and execution, hinting at the importance of maintaining this form. This win keeps the Pride firmly in the hunt for league records and demonstrated their resilience and attacking prowess.

Seattle Reign vs
Racing Louisville 🟥 (1-1)

Seattle Reign FC drew 1-1 with Racing Louisville FC after conceding a late goal despite having a player advantage for most of the match. Bethany Balcer scored an early penalty following a red card for Louisville, but the Reign failed to capitalize on numerous chances to extend their lead. Coach Laura Harvey acknowledged the team's lack of quality and focus, hinting at potential transfers to address these issues. The draw leaves Seattle second to last in the NWSL standings with just 9 points from 14 matches.

KC Current vs
Portland Thorns (4-1)

The Kansas City Current defeated the Portland Thorns 4-1 at Providence Park, maintaining their unbeaten streak and reclaiming the top spot in the NWSL standings. Lo LaBonta, Stine Ballisager Pederson, and Temwa Chawinga scored for the Current, with LaBonta netting twice. The team’s unbeaten run now stands at 14 matches this season, surpassing their 13-game streak in 2022. Coach Vlatko Andonovski expressed satisfaction with the team's performance but emphasized the need for continued improvement. The Current will aim to extend their unbeaten streak when they host the Houston Dash next Friday.

Casey Stone on the NWSL Schedule

San Diego Wave FC head coach Casey Stoney criticized the NWSL's scheduling after a 0-0 draw against Houston, citing the difficulty of playing three consecutive away games within a week, including matches in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, followed by the final game in Houston under extreme heat. Stoney emphasized the toll this schedule takes on players' health and welfare, arguing that better planning and foresight could have prevented such a demanding travel and match load.

The NWSL has attempted to reduce midweek games but still faces challenges in scheduling due to factors like international tournaments and the league's desire to mirror other global competitions. Stoney, who feels the Wave were unfairly burdened due to their previous season's success, pointed out that other leagues handle cup competitions before the regular season starts. Despite the league's improvements, scheduling in hot climates and travel remains a significant issue, affecting teams' performances and player well-being. Stoney's sentiments echo those of other coaches who have also voiced concerns about the league's scheduling practices.

***Shortly after this article was written, Casey Stone was fired from the SD Wave during the club’s 7 game winless streak. Could this have something to do with her firing? 👀

NWSL Updated Table

Utah's struggles continue with only 7 points, while KC Current and Orlando are surging ahead, piling on the goals in the race for the top spot. With just one point separating the top three teams, this title race is heating up!

United Women’s Soccer (UWS)

As the official partner of the UWS, we will be covering some players, games and stories from the United Women’s Soccer League. We encourage everyone to go check out their website and find your favorite team.

There must have been something in the air tonight because the UWS had more goals than the NWSL did…..and that’s A LOT of goals. Here are some of our favorites:

Hudson Valley Crusaders vs New York Magic (8-0)

I guess the Crusaders saw what the Orlando Pride did and said “hold my martini” because they managed to dismantle the New York Magic with a score of 8-0. Goal scorers for the Magic included Megan Stowell and Shannon Selvaggio with two and Caigan Leonard, Casey Stowell, Hailey Pereira and Elizabeth Allen each with one. Watch the full match here.

Edgewater Castle FC vs Indiana Union (4-1)

Edgewater Castle FC got the upper hand on Indiana Union with a commanding 4-1 win. Courtney Sengstock and Kily Egan each had a brace and Kris Boos had an assist for the Edgewater. For Indiana, Alexa Fraley had the sole goal. Watch the full match here.

Back Mountain Torrent vs Williamsport City Lions (5-2)

In yet another game where goals were plentiful, the Williamsport City Lions were able to beat Back Mountain Torrent by a score of 5-2. For the Black Mountain Torrent, Claire Mulholland had a brace and Alyssa Steenback, Olivia Maniskas and Anna Bagnall each had one. On the Black Mountain side, Leah Walter and Haley Neidig had the two goals. Watch the full match here.

Got some time? Check out this awesome UWS weekly segment with the Maine Footy.

Feature Player Spotlight:
Ali Hall

Goalside Gossip had the pleasure of speaking to USWNT player Ali Hall for this week’s player spotlight, and it was a truly special conversation.

Ali's journey from playing for the Eclipse Soccer Club in Chicago to becoming a passionate advocate for beach soccer is nothing short of inspirational. After a successful college career at the University of Tennessee and overcoming a severe car accident, Ali discovered beach soccer in Santa Monica, California. This unexpected encounter reignited her love for the game, allowing her to explore different facets of her soccer skills and bringing a newfound joy. The unique demands and freedom of beach soccer captivated her, and she quickly realized this was her new path.

Joining the US Women's Beach Soccer National Team, Ali's experiences in international tournaments, including a life-changing event in Turkey, solidified her commitment to the sport. She was struck by the global community and diverse cultures united by their love for beach soccer, motivating her to fully immerse herself in this new passion. Competing in places like Russia further fueled her dedication, as she witnessed the immense potential and joy that beach soccer brought to players and fans alike.

Ali is now a driving force in promoting women's beach soccer in the US. She tirelessly works to organize tournaments, secure sponsorships, and elevate the sport to new heights, including pushing for a Women's Beach Soccer World Cup and Olympic inclusion. Her involvement with the US Athlete Council allows her to advocate for athletes and drive meaningful change in the sport. Ali's story is a powerful reminder of the transformative power of sport and the importance of perseverance, inspiring others to pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.

To read more about Ali, her journey and beach soccer, click HERE.

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