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Aug 20, 2018   |  2:06AM AET

Roar Women abroad: NWSL playoff battle heats up

Roar Women abroad: NWSL playoff battle heats up

Three BRFC teammates find themselves in a tense battle for remaining NWSL playoff spots.

Clare Polkinghorne’s Houston Dash have put in one of their most dominant performances in the Roar captain’s stint at the NWSL club with a thumping victory against Washington Spirit.

Polkinghorne was in the heart of a Dash defence which kept just their third clean sheet of the 2018 campaign, while the Houston attack ran riot at the other end, finding the back of the net four times.

The result is the Dash’s eighth win of the season and keeps them right in the hunt for playoffs among a cluster of sides in mid-table.

Despite sitting in seventh position, Polkinghorne’s side sit just four points behind the third-place Portland Thorns with three rounds to go.

Raso

The Thorns, notably led by Brisbane’s own Hayley Raso, kept their playoff hopes in their own hands with a come-from-behind 2-2 draw against fellow contenders Chicago Red Stars.

Raso played 78 minutes in the contest, which her side clawed a point out of after trailing to two first-half goals from fellow Australian Sam Kerr.

BRFC teammate Katrina Gorry also finds herself in the fight for playoffs following the Utah Royals’ 2-2 draw against bottom-placed Sky Blue FC. Gorry was an unused substitute as the Royals also recovered a point from a two-goal deficit.

Across the Atlantic in Norway and Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold had little luck against runaway Toppserien leaders LSK Kvinner FK.

Arnold

Arnold’s Arna-Bjørnar remain in fifth in Norway’s premier women’s competition following the 2-0 defeat against the one of the country’s two UEFA Women’s Champions League representatives.

On home soil

Closer to home & our Roar Women return to mid-week action on Wednesday night against Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park (7:20pm KO).

The fixture will be the side’s final mid-week contest against NPL Queensland opposition as Westfield W-League Season 11 draws nearer.

In the NPLW QLD, a 13th game unbeaten has secured BRFC/NTC U18 a finals berth. The next generation of Queensland football stars finish the season with two games against incumbent Premiers The Gap FC (tomorrow night) and Mudgeeraba Soccer Club on Sunday.