Birthday girl Taylor leads Spirit past Flash

[NWSL: Week 6] English international Jodie Taylor celebrated her 28th birthday with two goals to lead the Washington Spirit to a 3-2 win over the Western New York Flash before 4,598 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex. On the third Spirit goal, Taylor's shot hit the crossbar and bounced off Flash defender Kathryn Williamson's back and into the goal.

U.S. national team stars Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach had scored for the Flash to put it ahead 2-1 before the own goal tied the score at 2-2.

THURSDAY. Chicago came back from a goal down after 18 minutes to defeat the Boston Breakers, 3-1, in front of 1,696 fans at Harvard Stadium. Courtney Jones gave Boston the lead, but the Red Stars responded during a 13-minute span surrounding halftime on a Lori Chalupny header from Adriana Leon, an unassisted Michelle Wenino goal and an insurance goal by Jen Hoy from Samantha Johnson in the 57th minute.

WEDNESDAY. Seattle Reign FC got goals from Kendall Fletcher, Kim Little -- her league-tying sixth of the season -- and Keelin Winters to defeat FC Kansas City, 3-2, improve to 7-0-0. The expansion Houston Dash dropped its sixth game in seven tries when it fell to the Portland Thorns, 1-0, on Jessica McDonald's fourth goal of the season.

NWSL WEEK 6, Results:
Saturday, May 17
Washington 3 Western NY 2
Thursday, May 15
Boston 1 Chicago 3
Wednesday, May 14
Houston 0 Portland 1
Seattle 3 FC Kansas City 2

NWSL WEEK 6, Schedule:
Sunday, May 18
6:00 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Houston
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Chicago
Streaming: NWSL You Tube

NWSL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
21 Seattle 7-0-0 14/3
11 Portland 3-1-2 7/4
10 Western NY 3-2-1 10/7
10 Chicago 3-2-1 6/4
10 FC Kansas City 3-4-1 12/12
9 Washington 3-4-0 11/13
6 Sky Blue FC 1-3-3 6/10
3 Boston 1-4-0 6/12
3 Houston 1-5-0 3/11

NWSL Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
6+1 Kim Little, Seattle
6 Amy Rodriguez, FC Kansas City

NWSL WEEK 7, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7:00 pm ET
Washington vs. Sky Blue FC
8:00 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Seattle
10:00 pm ET
Portland vs. Western NY
Friday, May 23
8:00 pm ET
Houston vs. Chicago
Saturday, May 24
10:00 pm ET
Portland vs. Sky Blue FC
Sunday, May 25
7:00 pm ET
Boston vs. FC Kansas City
Seattle vs. Western NY
Streaming: NWSL You Tube
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