In spite of a finish that had Portland Thorns supporters holding their breath, the Thorns' win over the Western New York Flash was probably their most complete performance of the season. It's no surprise then that there were enough strong performances that a different player stood out to each of us.
Here are our picks for Woman of the Match:
Jeremiah: Nadine Angerer
How many goalkeepers make a diving header save at the top of the 18? This was just one example of some excellent saves she once again made against a dangerous Flash side. In several instances, she jumped off her line to cut off chances for Abby Wambach to receive the ball inside the 18, while making saves look easy, especially in some nervy moments as the Flash pressed late.
Ryan: Jessica McDonald
Jess has been on a goal scoring run and it continued with another great performance against the Flash. She forced the Flash to honor her speed and this opened up other lanes the Thorns were able to exploit. She also tracked back at times to help apply pressure on the ball and thus helped win the ball defensively on numerous occasions. She would have had an exceptional game if she would have played Sinc a square ball instead of taking a low percentage shot.
I think it's time I picked someone other than Nadine Angerer, and Kerr had an excellent game last night. She had so many incredible passes to Christine Sinclair, Allie Long, and the rest of the Thorns attack that she was really unlucky to leave the match with just the one assist. That great passing, combined with a shot or two that forced Wys to make a great save, made Kerr possibly the Thorns most dangerous player going forward.