NWSL: Standout Performers Week 3
Week Three of the NWSL regular season brought us eight games, a ton of goals, and some great individual performances.
Ahead of Week Four, here are our top three players of Week Three.
It’s no secret that Chicago has been struggling on the offensive side of the ball. Doniak got the start in the Red Star’s game against Kansas City and was leading the attack and creating a ton of chances. Early on in the game, she almost opened the scoring, but her shot dinged off the bar. In the 70th minute, she would secure the win for Chicago with a beautifully placed shot in the side of the net. Chicago has been trying to figure out who should be the starter up top with Mallory Pugh and Kealia Watt, and Doniak proved that she should get the nod with them from here on out.
"Hold on a minute, playa!" – Doniak, probably.https://t.co/0c8leOgZHp
— Chicago Red Stars (@chicagoredstars) May 27, 2021
The North Carolina Courage were coming off a tough home loss to the Orlando Pride and wanted to bounce back, which is exactly what they did. The offense looked much better and put away their chances against the NWSL’s newest team, Racing Louisville. Mace made great use of her time in the game, entering in the 71st minute and scoring just four minutes later. She would get another in the 90th minute to secure a brace. Mace is a player that can shine in any position on the field and was a spark off the bench.
Magnificent from @hailiemace 😱#NCvLOU | https://t.co/iecT7II54a | #NWSL21 pic.twitter.com/DkXUl7wbJ3
— National Women's Soccer League (@NWSL) May 29, 2021
The Orlando Pride have themselves at the top of the NWSL table, coming away with three wins in their last three games. Two of those wins were against the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns. A constant in all three games has been that Alex Morgan has gotten on the score sheet. She’s got a league-leading four goals on the season. Morgan has had trouble on the club stage in previous years, but she’s looked great to start this season. With Sydney Leroux playing great as well, the pair have Orlando off to a hot start.