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Reign’s Little NWSL player of week

Here’s the word from the club:

Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 19 of the 2015 NWSL season.

Little, 25, recorded her first ever NWSL hat trick as she carried Reign FC to a 3-0 victory on the road against the Houston Dash on Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The Aberdeen, Scotland native's first goal came in the 42nd minute following a ball played over the top by defender Lauren Barnes. Little accelerated past the Houston Dash backline and calmly carried the ball into the 18-yard box before sending her shot over goalkeeper Erin McLeod.

Little brought the same energy into the second half as she blasted a shot across the goal and into the back of the net in the 74th minute of the match, giving Reign FC a 2-0 lead. Her efforts wouldn’t end there as she tested her luck in the final minute of regulation by moving past four Dash players and chipping the ball over McLeod to complete her hat trick.

Currently, Little has the second most goals scored in the league with nine, four goals behind Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn who leads the league with 13 goals.

The University of Hertfordshire alum is the sixth Reign FC player to be honored as the NWSL Player of the Week. Teammates Megan Rapinoe, Jessica Fishlock and Beverly Yanez received the award earlier this season during Weeks 1, 9 and 15, respectively.

Seattle Reign FC will return to action on Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. PT against the Boston Breakers at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.

The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis.