National Women's Soccer League

NWSL Round-up: Spirit lose Weimer to ACL tear, Chicago signs Read and more

The Washington Spirit announced yesterday that midfielder Tiffany Weimer will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a torn ACL.

Weimer suffered the injury to her left knee during a training session last week.

She is the fourth NWSL player to go down with the injury since preseason began. Adrianna Franch (Western New York) and Hayley Haagsma (Sky Blue FC) both suffered ACL tears during preseason while Brittany Bock (Houston) tore her ACL early in week 1’s season opening match.

Player of the Week:

After coming off the bench and leading her to team to their first franchise victory 3-2 against the Boston Breakers Sunday night, Houston Dash midfielder Teresa Noyola was voted Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.

After Heather O’Reilly scored once and assisted both Breakers goals, Dash forward Ella Masar got one back for the first goal in franchise history.

Noyola immediately swung the game’s momentum after coming on in the 75th minute, with some help from rookie Rafelle Souza.

Souza split several Breakers defenders and found an unmarked Noyola at the top of the box. The midfielder drove a strike into the top left corner past a diving Naeher for an 81st minute equalizer.

Four minutes later, Souza was fouled inside the box by Courtney Jones. Noyola calmly stepped up to the spot and drove home the game winning goal.

The nomination is Noyola’s first NWSL Player of the Week award of her career and she is the first Dash player to be selected as the NWSL Player of the Week.

The Chicago Red Stars
have signed former University of Illinois forward Nikki Read the team announced Tuesday.

Read joins former Illinois teammates Vanessa DiBernardo and Jackie Santacaterina on the Red Stars.

The 20-year-old Lake Orion, Michigan native started in 23 games for Illinois during her senior season, and finished second on the team in shots on goal with 58.

Her accolades at Illinois include Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week, and College Soccer 360 Primetime Player.

“We’re excited to have Niki join the team,” said Red Stars head coach Rory Dames. “She has shown throughout these last few weeks that she can contribute at the professional level. Her game has improved every day, and we believe there is a role for her on our team.”



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