Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi has been voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 13 of the 2014 NWSL season.
The Japanese international was an active force in both of the club’s two games this past week.
Naho, 28, scored two goals – including the game-winner – to rally Reign FC to a 3-2 victory against the Boston Breakers at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Sunday and turned in a strong performance during Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Western New York Flash, registering one shot on goal in 68 minutes. With her team trailing 1-0 in the 55th minute against the Breakers, Naho ghosted unmarked into the box to get on the end of a cross from defender Stephanie Cox before lashing a shot past Boston goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher just inside the far post to level the score. (Goal #1 – Watch Highlights)
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In the 83rd minute with the game tied at 2-2, Naho would again shoot one past Naeher for the game winner after making a strong run to get onto a pass from midfielder Jess Fishlock after the Scotland international made an interception in the attacking third. (Goal #2 – Watch Highlights)
The tally marks Naho’s second game-winning goal of the season.
The Yamato, Japan native now has five goals and three assists in 12 appearances (11 starts) this season in the NWSL while on loan from Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa.
This marks the second time this season and fourth time overall that a Seattle Reign FC player has been voted NWSL Player of the Week – with forward Sydney Leroux earning the award in Week 4, while midfielder Jess Fishlock and forward Megan Rapinoe were both honored in 2013.
Seattle Reign FC returns to action Saturday, July 12 at 5 p.m. (PT) against the Chicago Red Stars at Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill.
The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis.