WICC Championship: OL not-Reign
The Thorns came back from 2-0 down to draw the Dash and then advance on penalties. The star for the Thorns in the ninety minutes was Olivia Moultrie who assisted the first goal and scored the equalizer with a free kick. In the shootout that followed, debutante Shelby Hogan saved three(!) Dash PK attempts and the Thorns advanced 3-1.
None of our players picked a draw. Constant Weeder got the only run-of-play point for predicting a Daly assist, while 4-4-2 took the honors with a tale of Houston’s pursuit of a yellow card record.
[2-2 draw: Groom(2) from Daly(2), Kuikka from Moultrie, Moultrie FK. First yellow = Oyster, no red]
Saturday evening the Thorns face Amandine Henry’s Olympic Lyon. Against expectations, Lyon had their way with FC Barcelona on Wednesday. The Thorns are not favored in this one unless it comes to PKs.
[Last meeting: Never]
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: Amandine Henry for taking off her shirt to show “F**k Tacoma” written on her belly. She also gets fined by the club later.
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Wendy Renard for dragging down Charley, then Smith, on the same play.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: Jean-Michel Aulas chats Merritt up about buying the Thorns. He accidentally reveals his bucket list item to own the entire league so he can be commissioner.
· 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.