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Unbeaten Reign tops Thorns in Portland, 1-0

Here's the game report from the club:

Seattle Reign FC (6-0-0, 18 pts) remain unbeaten following their 1-0 victory over Portland Thorns FC (2-1-2, 8 pts) on Saturday, May 10 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.

Scottish international Kim Little scored her league-leading fifth goal of the season in the 89th minute on a breakaway, dribbling past Thorns FC keeper Nadine Angerer on the near post in a one-on-one opportunity to score the game’s only goal, as Seattle recorded its first victory in franchise history over their Northwest rival. ReignFCThe goal came after several other scoring chances for Reign FC in the preceding 10 minutes — including an uncontested shot by midfielder Bev Goebel right at Angerer in the 80th minute, and a cross by Goebel that just missed the foot of reigning NWSL Player of the Week Sydney Leroux in the 88th minute.

On the defensive end, U.S. Women’s National Team keeper Hope Solo posted a clean sheet and kept Portland off the board with eight saves. Solo, who leads the NWSL with a goals against average of 0.333, made a pair of key stops in the 67th and 68th minute, tipping a header from Thorns FC forward Jessica McDonald over the crossbar before stopping a shot by midfielder Amber Brooks through traffic a minute later.

However, it was Reign FC midfielder Elli Reed who stopped Portland’s best scoring chance of the afternoon, clearing an on-target header from Sinclair off the goal line in the 48th minute.

Despite being outshot 17 to 14, and putting up five shots on goal to Thorns FC’s eight, it was Seattle that would capitalize with the late go-ahead goal to become the only unbeaten team in the NWSL, snapping Thorns FC’s four game unbeaten streak.

Reign FC remains atop the league standings with 18 points. The team leads the NWSL in goals scored with 13, and has allowed the fewest goals against with only two goals conceded through six matches.

Seattle was without the services of three key players in the victory. Japanese international forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi is currently with the Japanese national team for the AFC Women’s Asia Cup, defender Steph Cox was unable to play due to an ankle injury, and forward Megan Rapinoe did not play as she continues to recover from a foot injury.

With the team’s three-game road trip now complete, Seattle return home to play FC Kansas City on Wednesday, May 14 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium. The match kicks off at 7 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.

Seattle Reign FC vs. Portland Thorns FC May 10, 2014 — Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

Seattle Reign FC 0 1 1 Portland Thorns FC 0 0 0

Scoring Summary

SEA – Little, 89

Misconduct Summary

POR – Brooks (Caution) – 22’

Lineups & Stats

SRFC: GK Hope Solo, D Kendall Fletcher, M Elli Reed, D Lauren Barnes, F Kiersten Dallstream, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Danielle Foxhoven (Kate Deines 70), M Beverly Goebel, F Sydney Leroux

PTFC: GK Nadine Angerer, D Courtney Niemiec, D Nikki Marshall, D Emily Menges, D Katarina Tarr (Sarah Huffman 86), F Rebecca Moros, M Amber Brooks, M Angie Kerr (Elisabeth Sullivan 90), M Allie Long (Mana Shim 75), F Christine Sinclair, F Jessica McDonald

Referee: Boris SenicAssistant Referees: Veronica Perez; Ronald Lagraff4th Official: Farhad Dadkho

Attendance: 14,182

Weather: Mostly sunny, 60 degrees

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