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In 17th match, Reign finally falls

Here's the report from the club:

Seattle Reign FC (13-1-3, 42 pts) suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, July 12, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars (7-6-4, 25 pts) at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle. Ill.

The loss snapped Seattle’s league-record, season-long undefeated streak at 16 games.

After pressuring Reign FC’s backline early, Chicago got on the board for the game’s lone goal in the 8th minute, with forward Melissa Tancredi scoring her first NWSL goal off a pass from midfielder Julie Johnston, knocking the ball past goalkeeper Hope Solo into the far corner of the net.

For just the second time this season, Reign FC was held scoreless, despite outshooting Chicago 8-6.

Seattle’s best opportunity may have come in the 63rd minute, when a cross from Scottish international Kim Little found the head of forward Sydney Leroux, with goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc able to corral the attempt for the save.

Reign FC nearly found the equalizer again in the 84th minute, with a hard strike from forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi — the reigning NWSL Player of the Week — from just inside the 18-yard box, but LeBlanc was able to keep the ball in front of her for the recovery.

On the defensive end, Solo made three saves, and now holds a goals against average of 0.929.

Despite the loss, Reign FC remains atop the league standings with 42 points, nine points ahead of second-place FC Kansas City with 33 points, and 16 points clear of the third-place Washington Spirit.

Seattle holds the NWSL record for points in a season, now four ahead of the previous high of 38, with seven regular season matches left to play.

Reign FC is now 1-1-0 against the Red Stars this season, after beating Chicago 3-1 on June 7, with two penalty kick conversions from Little, and a goal from Leroux leading Seattle to the win.

Reign FC will head back home for a rematch with Chicago on Sunday, July 20 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium. The match kicks off at 4 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. Seats start at $19.

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