Seattle Reign FC (7-0-2, 23 pts) remain unbeaten following their 2-2 tie versus the Western New York Flash (3-3-2, 11 pts) on Sunday, May 25 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
Scottish international Kim Little’s shot in stoppage time from the top of the box snuck past Flash goalkeeper Kelsey Wys to preserve Reign FC’s unbeaten streak in front of a season-high crowd of 4,018. Little is now tied for the league lead in goals in the NWSL with eight.
“We were just pushing, it felt like 20 players, forward constantly to try and get that goal,” said head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “And Kim pops up again.” The goal was the culmination of a second half push that saw Reign FC take 11 shots, after taking just four in the first 45 minutes.
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U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach got the Flash on the board first in the 17th minute, scoring after a failed clearance in the box by defender Kendall Fletcher.
Midfielder Jessica Fishlock scored the equalizer for Reign FC just before halftime, after defender Stephanie Cox sent a ball in the box to the unmarked Fishlock, who was able to knock the ball past Wys in midair to tie the game.
The Flash retook the lead in the 62nd minute courtesy of a goal by midfielder Carli Lloyd off a header from Wambach on the far post, who sent the ball back across the goal after a corner kick.
Reign FC controlled the tempo throughout the second half, with several near misses before Little’s stoppage time goal. A header from forward Sydney Leroux in the 68th minute was tipped over by Wys, while a free kick from 25-yards out by Fishlock in the 86th minute hit the crossbar, with midfielder Beverly Goebel’s header on the rebound going wide.
Reign FC remains atop the league standings with 23 points, eight points ahead of the Chicago Red Stars.
Reign FC was without the services of Japanese international forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, who is currently with the Japanese national team for the AFC Women’s Asia Cup. Forward Megan Rapinoe also did not play as she continues to recover from a foot injury.
Reign FC now heads on the road to take on Sky Blue FC on Sunday, June 1 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The match kicks off at 3 p.m. (PT) with a live, high-definition webstream available at YouTube.com/NWSL.
Visit ReignFC.com or call (855) REIGN-FC for details on single match tickets. Seats start at $19.
Seattle Reign FC vs. Western New York Flash May 25, 2014 — Moda Health Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F Seattle Reign FC 1 1 2 Western New York Flash 1 1 2
WNY – Wambach (Bermudez), 17SRFC - Fishlock (Cox), 45WNY – Lloyd (Wambach), 62SRFC - Little (Goebel), 92+
SRFC: Jessica Fishlock (Caution), 65WNY: Carli Lloyd (Caution), 73
Lineups & Stats
SRFC: GK Hope Solo, F Sydney Leroux, D Lauren Barnes, Midfielder Elli Reed (Mariah Nogueira, 74), Midfielder Kim Little, Midfielder Jessica Fishlock, Midfielder Keelin Winters, Defender Kendall Fletcher, Defender Stephanie Cox, Midfielder Beverly Goebel, Forward Kiersten Dallstream
WNY: GK Kelsey Wys, Midfielder Angela Salem, Midfielder McCall Zerboni (Amy Barczuk, 89), Forward Sonia Bermudez (Jasmyne Spencer, 63), Midfielder Carli Lloyd, Defender Kristen Edmonds, Defender Brittany Taylor, Midfielder Vicky Losada, Defender Katherine Reynolds, Defender Kathryn Williamson, Forward Abby Wambach
Referee: Josh WilkensAssistant Referees: Veronica Perez; Des Miller4th Official: Lucas Brooks
Weather: Rainy, 55 degrees