Stephen Brashear

Rapinoe wins two NWSL honors, Press and Naeher earn plays of the week

Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe cannot be tamed because she has once again proved to be a scoring maniac in Week 14 play.

On Tuesday, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced that Rapinoe has been voted as the Player of the Week for the fourth time time in her career. She has become the fifth player in league history to do so.

Rapinoe scored a hat trick against Sky Blue FC on Saturday to lift the Reign to a 5-4 victory. The U.S. National Team star now has 12 goals on her record for this season, the most in the NWSL.

In the 27th minute of play, Rapinoe launched a free kick to unlock the scoring gates and put Seattle up 1-0. Her second goal came from a penalty kick after teammate Beverly Yanez was fouled in the box. The midfielder notched her third goal in the 87th minute when forward Katie Johnson set her up for a shot at the top of the box. Rapinoe then ripped a shot into the upper right corner of the goal.

This Player of the Week Honors is the second time Rapinoe has won the award. She earned it in Week 11 when she scored four goals in two games.

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Goal of the Week: Megan Rapinoe and Christen Press

As if one award wasn’t enough, Rapinoe snagged another weekly honor for her rocket free kick against Sky Blue.

Christen Press of the Chicago Red Stars also had a beautiful breakaway against the Orlando Pride on Saturday. After Sofia Huerta hit a long ball from half-field to the top of the 18, Press took the ball down cleanly with the gentle touch of her foot. She sped past her defender and glided the ball past the keeper. Textbook.

Save of the Week: Alyssa Naeher

Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had lightning-like reflexes when she boxed out a header from the Orlando Pride. In the 37th minute, Orlando’s Camilla hit a ball into Alex Morgan for the head ball, but Naeher denied the point-blank shot without a problem. Someone’s spidey senses were tingling.

In Week 15, the Seattle Reign will play the North Carolina Courage while the Chicago Red Stars face the Orlando Pride again on Saturday. Both matches kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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