Brad Smith/ISI Photos

Mewis is named NWSL Player of the Week, Marta and Franch earn plays of the week

Samantha Mewis of the North Carolina Courage has played every single minute since the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) kicked off in April, and Week 16 has proved to be some of her best minutes on the field.

On Tuesday, the NWSL announced that the U.S. national team midfielder was named league Player of the Week for helping her team go undefeated in two matches. The 24-year-old first helped her squad to a 1-0 victory over FC Kansas City on the road and then she scored two goals to beat the Seattle Reign 2-1 on Seattle’s home turf. No team has beat the Reign at Memorial Stadium since May 2016, and thanks to Mewis, the Courage were able to beat Seattle’s 15-game winning streak.

Mewis now has four goals and three assists this season.

[More from Excelle Sports: Orlando Pride’s Maddy Evans retired in part because player salary was too low]

Goal of the Week: Marta

The Orlando Pride scored five goals in their shutout win against Sky Blue on Saturday, and according to fans, Mart had the most impressive shot of the night. In the 52nd minute, Alex Morgan and Marta combined to break through the defense on a breakaway play. Marta then sidestepped the goalkeeper to knock an easy one into the net.

[More from Excelle Sports: Ashlyn Harris sports unisex style as she reveals new fashion campaign with Umbro]

Save of the Week: Adrianna Franch

Adrianna Franch of the Portland Thorns won Save of the Week for the second time in a row. In the 12th minute of play against the Chicago Red Stars, Franch made a diving save to block a fiery shot from outside the box. She’s got some hops.

On Wednesday, the Portland Thorns head on the road to face FC Kansas City at 8 p.m. ET. And this Saturday, the Courage will play against the Washington Spirit at 3:30 p.m. ET while Orlando looks to play the Boston Breakers at home at 4 p.m. ET.

 

Jump To Comments