WICC Day One: Houston yet again
The Thorns extracted a point, coming from behind to draw the Pride 1-1. Roses predicted that exact scoreline and also provided a wild prediction play-by-play that was almost prophetically accurate. For the first time, we had three players get skunked (dang that Jodie Taylor – why didn’t she do that when she was a Thorn?) Daniel Stratton is now in the middle-of-the-pack slot while Constant Weeder remains top of the table.
[1-1 draw: Taylor from Peteresen, Charley from Klingenberg. First yellow = Riley, no red]
On Wednesday evening, the Thorns will face the Houston Dash in the nightcap of the WICC opening day matches at Providence Park. The winner will face the winner of Barcelona v. Lyon on Saturday evening. You have a chance to win extra points by predicting the Thorns’ matches, starting with Houston. I’d not be surprised to see our Olympians back on the pitch.
[Last meeting: At BBVA Stadium July 24, 2021. Thorns 1 – Dash 0]
How this works:
Add a comment to this post. As your first line, put your predicted result, for example 3-1 Thorns.
In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:
Salem (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Shea Groom for old time’s sake
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Nadine Angerer for entering the field to congratulate Bixby on her miracle save.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: Bixby bicycles the ball off the line while flat on her back. She wins NWSL Save of the Year even though it’s not an NWSL match and not the end of the year.
· Correct score: 5 points
· Correct result (draw/win/loss): 3 points
· Each clean sheet: 2 points
· Each goal-scorer: 1 point
· Each FK/PK/assist/lack of assist: 1 point
· Goal/assist bonus: 1 point
· Player with the first yellow card of the match: 1 point
· A player with a red card: 1 point
· Most liked/most outrageously accurate prediction: 2 points
Some ground rules and explanations/clarifications (the fine print):
Comments must be posted before kickoff, but you can edit or amend an earlier prediction right up to the starting whistle.
Keep your scoreline predictions realistic. No crazy scores just to pad out your odds of getting goals and assists.
The goal/assist bonus is an additional point if you predict the correct scorer and assistant on the same goal, for example, you say Hubly scores from a Boureille assist and that is exactly what happens. P.S. if you say exactly that, and it happens, I will hunt you down and buy you a beer!
Be clear whether you think a goal will be unassisted, assisted, or from a PK/FK. Unassisted = no assist, run of play; Assisted = player who got the assist; PK/FK = not in run of play. For the purposes of this thread, Penalty Kick and Free Kick are the same thing. No entry means unassisted.
The game thread will usually be posted 48 hours before each match.
Have fun, tell your friends, let me know if you have any questions or if I screw up your score.