The season finale was a yawner with almost no serious attempts on goal by either team. North Carolina didn’t even make a substitution. There wasn’t even a yellow card. None of our players predicted a draw but everyone got two points for the clean sheet! Roses had the most popular wild yarn with a story of Parsons’ Airing of the Grievances, a bit early for Festivus.
[0-0 draw, no yellow or red card.]
NOTE: Should we win the semi-final match, the Final is November 20 which means the prediction game will open on the 18th at 9:00am PST for the last time in 2021. I will post the final standings and awards the day after our last match, either the 15th or 21st, so check back and see if/what you’ve won!
The semifinal match sees the Thorns hosting the Chicago Red Stars. The women from the Windy City played a quarter-final match that was sleepier than our season closer, with twenty-six fouls and only a pair of shots worth the name. And that was a game that “mattered”.
The winner Sunday goes on to Louisville for the NWSL Championship. The stakes don’t get much bigger.
[Last meeting: September 25, 2021 at SeatGeek Park, 1-2 Thorns loss. Last playoff meeting: October 20, 2019 at then-Toyota Park, 0-1 Thorns loss.]
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)
Malory Pugh (PK)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Sarah Woldmoe
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Cassie Miller for handling the ball out of the box, with Morgan Weaver applying the pressure.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: The fourth official sends Rory Dames back to the dressing room to change after he comes out wearing the same hoodie, unwashed and reeking, that he wore for the 2019 semi-final.
· 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.