The Chicago Red Stars (7-7-5, 26 points) got their first win against Seattle Reign FC (5-11-3, 18 points) this season off a two-goal performance from forward Inka Grings.
Chicago opened the scoring in the 12th minute from a penalty kick by Sonja Fuss after Seattle’s Jessica Fishlock brought Jen Hoy down in the box. Although Seattle goalkeeper Hope Solo chose the correct side, diving to her right, she was unable to deny the perfectly placed shot from Fuss. It was the league-leading seventh penalty kick called against the Reign FC this season, with Solo facing six. It was a very physical match with Chicago committing eleven fouls in the game and Seattle nine. Despite the breaks in the flow of play, Seattle managed over a dozen shots on goal.
Seattle equalized in the 27th minute off a penalty kick by Kaylyn Kyle, her third goal of the season, with all three goals coming from the penalty spot. The PK was awarded when Seattle forward Liz Bogus was fouled by Chicago defender Lydia Vandenbergh as Bogus was going to goal inside the eighteen.
Chicago’s second goal came in the 41st minute from a misplaced clearance by Hope Solo that found Inka Grings at the top of the box for an uncontested shot.
Forward Christine Nairn and midfielder Emily Van Egmond almost equalized for Seattle before the half. Nairn took a free kick on goal that Chicago goalkeeper Taylor Vancil managed to deflect in the 43rd minute and Van Egmond headed on a cross from Rapinoe that found Vancil in the right place at the right time at the 45th minute.
The third goal for Chicago came late in the second half. Forward Inka Grings finished an endline cross from Hoy, despite the first shot from Grings being cleared off the line by Reign FC defender Kaylyn Kyle.
The best chance of the night for Seattle came from forward Megan Rapinoe in the 90th minute. Rapinoe ripped a shot from the left flank that beat Vancil to the far post but bounced off the woodwork and back into the field of play.
Seattle was officially eliminated from the playoff race earlier in the day, as the Western NY Flash came back from a two-goal deficit to tie Boston and collect the point needed to keep Seattle out of post-season play.
Seattle will fly to Rochester, NY to play the Western New York Flash on Wednesday, August 7 at 4:05pm PT at Sahlen’s Stadium. They will then head on to Washington DC to face the Spirit on Saturday, August 10th at 4pm PT at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The Spirit match is the NWSL Game of the Week and will be broadcast on the FOX Soccer Channel.
Seattle will play its final regular-season match at home against the Portland Thorns on Saturday, August 17. Tickets to the Portland match are available at www.ReignFC.com.