Seattle Reign FC conceded an unfortunate own goal in the 62 minute to give FC Kansas City a 0 – 1 win. Reign FC remain winless in the National Women’s Soccer League.
The goal came after FC Kansas City’s midfielder Erika Tymrak got free in the right side of Seattle’s penalty box. She took a touch angled at the end line and the near post, then ripped a ball across the goal. The ball was stopped short as it bounced off the front of the left post, which caught Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo in the back as she was getting set. The ball ricocheted off Solo and trickled just over the goal line as she dove to the ground in attempt to keep the game scoreless.
The goal was the only blemish for Solo and the rest of the Reign FC backline in a solid outing, keeping the rest of the game scoreless on seven shots on goal and 10 crosses. Despite the goal, Seattle continued to control most of the play, as they did throughout the final 45 minutes. However, they were unable to capitalize on any scoring opportunities, mainly due to the efforts of center back Lauren Sesselmann and the rest of Kansas City’s back line.
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Seattle’s success, which mainly came down the flanks and was highlighted with 18 crosses, seemed to be attributed to the line-up changes head coach Laura Harvey made going into the second half.
The most effective change was Jess Fishlock moving to center striker and Christine Nairn dropping into the center midfield. Fishlock was able to help break down Kansas City’s defense multiple times, with Seattle’s best chance coming in the 56th minute on a shot by Fishlock that bounced off the right post. Midfielder Keelin Winters kept the opportunity dangerous as she followed up the rebound and hit a shot to the left post, catching goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart out of position. Unfortunately, Sesselmann was at the right place at the right time and cleared the ball off the line to keep the clean sheet for Kansas City.
Though Seattle won the overall scoring opportunities battle with 32 to Kansas City’s 30 (shots, crosses, corners), Kansas City made use of quick and effective counter-attacks, getting 18 shots off to Seattle’s 13, and converted that advantage into the lone goal of the game.
After facing a tough Kansas City team, Seattle’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as they embark on a three-game road trip in search of their first league win.
Their first stop is Portland next Sunday, June 16 for a 2 p.m. game against Thorns FC at Jeld-Wen Field. Seattle will then travel to the east coast to play two tough games in four days against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash on Sunday, June 23. Reign FC then ships off to Boston to face Sydney Leroux and the Breakers on Wednesday, June 26.
Seattle will return home to Seattle on Saturday, June 29, when Megan Rapinoe is expected to make her home debut for Seattle Reign FC.
Tickets are still available for all upcoming matches at www.ReignFC.com.