CHICAGO (Sept. 27, 2016) – Following the conclusion of the 2016 season on Sunday, the National Women’s Soccer League takes an inside look at the important numbers from all 100 regular season matches.
Below is a unique look into the NWSL by the Numbers – 2016 Season:
1 - The number of teams in NWSL history to come back and win a game after trailing by two goals in a match – Seattle Reign FC, which rallied to earn a 3-2 victory over the Houston Dash on Sept. 25 in the final game of the 2016 regular season. The win snapped a streak of 180 consecutive games in which teams that fell behind by two did not win that contest.
2.35 - Goals against average by the Boston Breakers – which broke the club’s previous mark to set a new NWSL record for the worst GAA.
3 - The number of teams in NWSL history to allow less than one goal per game for an entire season. Also the number of teams to average two or more goals per game for a whole year. Portland Thorns FC allowed the fewest number of goals in the league – with the 19 conceded in 20 games translating to a 0.95 goals against average. The Western New York scored 40 goals in 20 games to average 2.00 GPG.
4 - The longest winning streak in the league this season – by Portland Thorns FC from June 17 to July 2 that included victories over the Western New York Flash, Chicago Red Stars, Orlando Pride and Sky Blue FC. The Thorns also won four straight matches to close the regular season with victories against the Boston Breakers, Houston Dash, Western New York and Sky Blue FC.
5 - The number of teams to rally from a halftime deficit to come back and win a match in the NWSL this year – the FC Kansas City, Orlando Pride, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash. Overall, teams in the league were 5-47-6 in games in which they trailed at half.
5 - The number of goals the Washington Spirit allowed at home all season – the fewest in the league.
5 - Consecutive shutouts by Seattle Reign FC to set a new NWSL record. Coach Laura Harvey’s side set the new league mark with a 2-0 win over the Boston Breakers on July 2 as Reign goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer made three saves to lead her team to the clean sheet. Kopmeyer had two shutouts in the streak – while goalkeeper Hope Solo accounted for three clean sheets in the run – behind a back line including Kendall Fletcher, Lauren Barnes, Rachel Corsie and Elli Reed.
6 - The number of consecutive games without a goal by both the Boston Breakers and Houston Dash this season. The Breakers streak stretched back to the final match of the 2015 season before they went on to be shutout in the first five matches of 2016. The Houston Dash were held off the scoreboard for six straight games May 14 – July 9 when the Dash lost all six contests by a score line of 1-0.
8 - Shutouts recorded by the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC – tied for the most in the league.
9 - Shutouts against suffered by the Boston Breakers and FC Kansas City – tied for the most in the NWSL.
9 - The number of times the Western New York Flash came from behind to score an equalizer – the most in the league.
9 - The number of teams to score in second-half stoppage time this season – with the Chicago Red Stars the only club not to find the back of the next after the 90th minute in 2016. Twelve goals were scored in the league this year after the 90th minute as the Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC and Seattle Reign FC led the way with two each.
12 - The number of consecutive matches without a loss by Portland Thorns FC to start 2016 – the longest streak this season and second-longest run in NWSL history behind the 16-straight games by Seattle Reign FC in 2014.
12 - Consecutive road losses by the Boston Breakers before Katie Schoepfer and Kristie Mewis both scored to power the Breakers to a 2-0 victory against FC Kansas City on Aug. 28 to snap the NWSL-record streak.
13 - Points recovered from losing positions by Portland Thorns FC – the most in the league.
14 - Points lost from winning positions by the Orlando Pride – five more than any other team in the league.
17 - The number of consecutive home games with at least one goal by Seattle Reign FC – the longest such streak in NWSL history. Coach Laura Harvey’s team finished the 2016 campaign with the home scoring streak still active after breaking the previous league record during a 3-1 victory Aug. 27 over Portland Thorns FC at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
21 - Goals scored by substitutes in the NWSL this season – with the five by players coming off the bench for the Washington Spirit leading the way, one ahead of the four by the Orlando Pride. The Chicago Red Stars and FC Kansas City were the only teams not to get a goal from a substitute.
32 - The number of consecutive road games the Boston Breakers played without recording a shutout before goalkeeper Jami Kranich made six saves to lead the Breakers to a 2-0 road win Aug. 28 over FC Kansas City and earned the club a clean sheet away from home for the first time since July 13, 2013. The 32 games without a road shutout are an NWSL record – 19 games longer than any other such streak in league history.
263 - The number of consecutive games in which a team trailing at the 85-minute mark went on to lose that match before the Orlando Pride became the first club to overcome such a deficit and win. Kristin Edmonds scored in the 90th and 93rd minutes to lead the Pride to the 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers on July 10 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
263 - Goals in the league this season. The 1.32 goals per game in 2016 was the lowest average in the NWSL’s four-year history, marginally behind the 1.39 GPG in 2015 and 1.35 GPG in 2013.
317 - Minutes Seattle Reign FC trailed in matches this season - eight fewer than FC Kansas City (325 minutes) for the lowest total in the league.
531 - Consecutive minutes without allowing a goal by Seattle Reign FC – a new NWSL record that eclipsed the 495 minutes by the Chicago Red Stars earlier in the season.
720 - Minutes led by the Washington Spirit in 2016 – the most in the league and 40 percent of the minutes they played this year. The Spirit were ahead for 114 more minutes than their closest competitors – the Chicago Red Stars (606 minutes).
937 - Minutes trailed by the Boston Breakers in 2016 – 238 more than any other team in the league. The Breakers were the only team in the league to trail for more than half of the season (52 percent).