While it felt wonderful to rescue a point and deny ACFC two of them at the last minute, we really should have done better. This draw felt like the fault of coaching. We didn't have our strongest lineup out there, with players out of position (Sugita and Sinclair as forwards), weird subs (leave in Sinclair, who was visibly tired and jogging around the field, and remove Dunn?!), and don't get me started on that Ertz goal. How many times in her career has she scored that goal anyway? Why was no one tracking her run? Did the team not spend the last week practicing defending that very goal? It reminded me all too much of Sawa's last-minute goal in the 2011 World Cup: defenders standing around like statues watching a corner kick while an attacker makes a diagonal run to get in front of everyone and tip the ball into the net.
In the bigger picture, we have the strongest roster in the league (Reign is close, but I think we edge them) and we should win a home game against a team like Angel City pretty handily. That we had to rely on a goalkeeper goal with seconds left in the game to eke out a draw is not a good sign.
Also, great to see Menges starting alongside Hubly. I hope Menges can get her minutes up to a full 90'.
Gotham move to the top of the table with a win tomorrow. Let that sink in.
Smith coming back from the Baseball Draft, she needed a rest. Sauerbrunn out with a foot injury, fine. The starting lineup more or less picks itself.
I don't know if Menges is cleared for 90 yet. Nally coming in is fine. Moultrie for Dunn when Sinclair or Rocky was available, eh not my pick but there are many reasons I don't have the job.
Kuikka almost lost us all three points and came very close to a second yellow in practically no time at all. Otherwise did okay on the attack from my memory was mostly okay on defense.
Weaver was eating acres of space on the side doing her best and getting some decent cutbacks out of it. Great combination with Moultrie to take the lead we couldn't hold.
Ertz trying to make up for plowing threw Dunn, did a rather good job of doing that.
I was wondering pregame who is taking a PK with a Smith out. Cool and collected by Hina.
Bella Bixby Backheal! The greatest tie i have ever seen. I did not watch the Betos tie.
Hubly got burned by Thompson on the first goal.
Passes were going everywhere but to teammates. But for set pieces ACFC can't hit much to make it matter. I was a little relieved ACFC scored the 3rd given how much contact she took on the second. Drawing and that goal being the cause would have made me very unhappy.
Seeing how the game ended I am still ecstatic with the result. Thorns and Spirit only undefeated teams left.
Well we played a mediocre game, but our biggest rivals did too: Reign tied Louisville, Washington tied lowly Chicago, and SD *lost by two goals* to freaking *Orlando*, who had previously lost every single game this year. So we still top the table. At least for today; Gotham will pass us if they win their game in hand tomorrow, and that seems likely as it's against KC.
Somehow Gotham doesn't worry me a lot. Maybe I should start paying them more attention.
None of the top teams looked good today.
Sometimes you get lucky. But good teams make their own luck, and we were not very good for much of this match. I’ll grab that point and run like a thief! But I hope Norris had a better plan than we saw tonight.
I don't understand the whole plan tonight. Don't start your best team and then make sure your best players don't play together. Baffling. Win the game in front of you.
Funny they showed Betos header goal n an earlier game. History repeats.
Lmfao we do not deserve that even a little bit
Ummmm. Did that just happen??
Well THAT was insane!
There needs to be some serious thinking after this. This was a preventable draw. Lots of issues to address.
Draw or lose, this has been awful all around- don’t know if I’ve ever seen so many misplaced passes
Leon for Rodriguez
Not looking good. Eight minutes and change and down a goal, and nothing really coherent in attack.
Classic thorns on set pieces good lord
Now Ertz puts AC ahead on another setpiece.
Can someone watching on tv tell us whether that should’ve stood?
No idea how that stands.
Can’t tell if that was a foul or not, but that’s two on Bella
Ertz takes Bixby out and Katie Johnson equalizes.
Okay…now is not the time to get shifty in back!
Well, Moultrie and Weaver had something to say about that “play for a draw” shit.
Doesn’t get much better than that
Holy fuck what a pass moultrie!
This is a 4-1-2-1-2....not sure about it
Weird. 56th minute triple sub; Smith for Sugita (mmmokay…), Moultrie for Dunn (why?), Nally for Menges (WHYYYY?)
Damn but our defending looks appalling. Poor tackles, slack marking, people getting torched (Hubly) or coughing the ball up 30 yards from goal (Menges).
Alright we probably don’t deserve to be level, put Soph in and let’s be done with NFTFC
Gotta say, Ertz looks like Ertz. Credit to her
Well that was fun to watch. Weird.
Hina converts. 1-all
Ertz chops Dunn in the penalty area.
Our center backs are not having a terrific night.
Thompson is like 75% of what it must be like playing Soph and the thorns are not handling it well
Their press is working like damnation aided by some truly sloppy touches.
Well, shit. Thompson beats Hubly like a drum and then Bixby to her near post. Down a goal in the 10th minute.
Well that is unfortunate RLFC! Up 2-0 at the half and then Racings best player this year (Demelo) gets a red and they have to play most of the second half down one and then give up the tying goal.
Gotta give the AC traveling supporters their props; they lugged the big drum all the way from La Brea. Serious South End thunder.
So no Smith. Sinc-Weaver-Hina up front, Rocky in the Sinc spot. Menges for Sauerbrunn.
I’m kind of…okay? Hopefully Sinc comes off before the hour.