Seattle Reign FC (2-2-0, 6 pts) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Washington Spirit (2-2-0, 6 pts) on Saturday, May 2 in front of a crowd of 2,703 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
After dominating the attack throughout the game’s first 30 minutes, Seattle found the net first, courtesy of forward Beverly Yanez.
In the 35th minute, a cross in the box from forward Merritt Mathias found the foot of Yanez, with the latter putting a shot over the head of goalkeeper Kelsey Wys to give Seattle a 1-0 advantage.
Just minutes into the second half, Reign FC extended its lead to two, after Scottish international Kim Little sent in a cross to the box, with Mathias heading it in.
Washington cut the deficit in half in the 63rd minute, when Crystal Dunn connected with Joanna Lohman on a through ball that she put past goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer in the bottom corner of the net.
In the 75th minute, Seattle put the game away. Little picked up her second assist of the night, playing a through ball to a sliding Jess Fishlock, who pushed it past Wys for the final goal of the night.
On the defensive side, Kopmeyer made four saves in place of U.S Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo, who is now training in preparation of June's FIFA Women's World Cup alongside forward Megan Rapinoe.
With the win, Seattle currently sits just one point out of first in the NWSL standings, trailing only the Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns FC.
Saturday’s match was the first of two games between Seattle and Washington this season. The two sides will face off in their final regular season games on Saturday, September 5 at 5 p.m. at Maureen Hendricks Field at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.
After the one-game home reprieve, Reign FC heads back out next weekend for its third road game in its last four matches. Sky Blue FC awaits Seattle on Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. (PT) at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., before Reign FC returns home for two home games, starting with an international friendly against the Chinese Women’s National Team on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Visit ReignFC.com or call (855) REIGN-FC for details on single match tickets. Seats start at $19. To catch the action away from Memorial Stadium, download the official, free Reign FC app at http://apple.co/1DffbFL to watch every match live via YouTube.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington SpiritDate: May 2, 2015Venue: Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Goals by Half 1 2 F SEA 1 2 3 WAS 0 1 1
SEA — Beverly Yanez, 36’ (Mathias)SEA — Mathias, 48’ (Kim Little)WAS — Joanna Lohman, 63’ (Crystal Dunn)SEA — Jessica Fishlock, 75’ (Little)
Lineups & Stats
SEA: GK Haley Kopmeyer, D Elli Reed, D Kendall Fletcher, D Lauren Barnes, D Stephanie Cox, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock (Amber Brooks, 79'), M Kim Little, F Kiersten Dallstream, F Beverly Yanez (Danielle Foxhoven, 79’), F Merritt Mathias (Rachel Corsie, 90’+)
WAS: GK Kelsey Wys, D Estelle Johnson, D Megan Oyster, D Katherine Reynolds, D Tori Huster, D Alex Singer (Amanda Da Costa, 84'), M Christine Nairn (Amanda Da Costa, 76’), M Joanna Lohman (Angela Salem, 84’), F Estefania Banini, F Francisca Ordega, F Crystal Dunn
Referee: Karen ABTAssistant Referees: Joshua Haimes, Alicia MesserFourth Official: Kelsey Harms
Stats Summary Shots: SEA 14, WAS 14Shots on goal: SEA 7, WAS 5Saves: SEA 4, WAS 4Corner kicks: SEA 2, WAS 5Fouls: SEA 2, WAS 3Offside: SEA 4, WAS 8