NWSL Golden Boot: OL Reign’s Bethany Balcer and Washington Spirit’s Ashley Hatch face off in top scorer battle
The National Women’s Soccer League’s Golden Shoe race intensifies as the regular season draws to a close. There are only a few weeks left and several teams are vying for the last four places in the playoffs. You can catch all the action this weekend on CBS Sports Network and Paramount +, with five games featuring some of the league’s top scorers.
Three players are currently tied for first with nine goals, while others are still in the running with eight goals. Let’s take a look at three players involved in the Golden Shoe Race and some of their goals as they heat up the scoring in the league as the season enters the home stretch.
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Bethany Balcer, OL reign
Bethany Balcer has scored nine out of 21 appearances for the club. The 2019 Rookie of the Year award winner scored eight goals during the game and one from a corner. Eight of his nine goals came for the first time. None came from penalties or free kicks. She scored four with her right and the other five came out of the header. His last goal was on September 29 against Orlando Pride.
Remaining games: Saturday against Washington; October 30 in Kansas City.
Rachel Daly, Houston Dash
The England international has been the bright spot in Houston’s attack this season. Despite the time division between club and country, Daly leads his team in goals scored this season. She scored six with her right and three off the header. She has scored eight of her nine goals on her opening shots and is second in the NWSL in goals by 90 minutes at 0.69.
Remaining games: Sunday against Portland; October 31 in Washington.
Ashley Hatch, Spirit of Washington
Hatch was part of an impressive Spirit attack alongside second-year forward Ashley Sanchez and rookie Trinity Rodman. The 2017 Rookie of the Year is completing his fifth season in the NWSL and currently has nine goals. She was very balanced, scoring three with her right, four with her left and two with her head.
Remaining games: Saturday at OL Reign; October 31 against Houston.
Always on the hunt
Sydney Leroux, Orlando Pride: Leroux hasn’t found the back of the net since September 11 against Racing Louisville FC. The Pride forward has also had two assists this season and still has a chance to win the Golden Shoe with two games to go. She has five with her right foot and three with her left. None of his goals came on penalties, although three were from shots fired for the first time. Remaining games: Saturday in Louisville; October 29 against Chicago.
Ifeoma Onumonu, NJ / NY Gotham FC: Onumonu has eight goals and four assists. The club still have four games to play, although the last three will be played over a 10-day period. Still, that’s the most games left by any other team at this point in the season, giving them several opportunities to finish first. His seven goals were tied, three each came from his left and right foot, and one header. Remaining games: Sunday in North Carolina; October 22 in Kansas City; October 28 in Louisville; October 31 against Louisville.