Reign FC Earn First Road Points of the Season

May 7, 2017 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Seattle Reign FC

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Reign FC Earn First Road Points of the Season

SEATTLE - Seattle

Reign FC tied Portland Thorns FC 2-2 in the first of three meetings between the

teams this season. This is the only match between the Cascadia rivals at

Providence Park, where Reign FC's all-time record now stands at 2-4-2.

The

tie marks the first time Reign FC (1-1-2, 5 pts) have scored two goals at

Providence Park. Seattle's all-time goal differential against Portland remains

positive, having scored 18 goals and allowed only 13.

"Our

fight and desire was back and that's what we have to bring to every game," said

Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. "You can't just

do it when there's 20,000 people in the stands, you've got to do it every week.

We showed tonight we're a threat when we go forward and score goals any

different way we want. We showed we can be on the back foot and be under

pressure but fight for it."

Reign

FC was on the scoreboard almost immediately, with the first goal of the match

coming in the 2nd minute. Co-captain Jess Fishlock won the ball outside

the Thorns box, and after taking a touch, fired a shot into the far corner of

the goal. The ball went past a diving Adrianna Franch for Fishlock's second

goal on the season.

Portland

tied the match at one goal apiece in the 37th minute, when Fishlock

scored an own goal. Mana Shim sent a low cross into the box, and the ball

deflected off a sliding Fishlock and into the back of the net.

Merritt

Mathias responded two minutes later, scoring her first goal of the season to

make the score 2-1 heading into the half. Rebekah Stott dribbled her way into

the box, and was able to slide the ball to Mathias inside the six yard box.

Mathias then slotted the ball past Franch.

The

Thorns would find another equalizer in the 82nd minute of the match

to bring the final score to 2-2. Meghan Klingenberg chipped a ball into the

box, where Allie Long headed the ball just under the crossbar.

Fishlock

was named player of the match for her performance, with two shots and three

tackles to go with her goal. This comes on the back of Fishlock earning NWSL

Team of the Month honors for April.

"That's

just who Jess is," said Harvey. "She can lead with her performances and when

she leads like she did tonight we have a chance that she can drag people with

her."

Tonight's

result sees Reign FC points total for the season improve to five, sitting in

sixth place on the NWSL table. Other results today saw the Chicago Red Stars

and Washington Spirit earn wins.

Up

next, Reign FC return to Memorial Stadium to host the Washington Spirit. This

is the first meeting between the two teams this season, with kickoff set for

1:00pm PT. The last meeting between these two teams was September 11, 2016,

with Seattle earning a 2-0 victory in their final home match of the season.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Seattle Reign FC (1-1-2,

5 pts) vs. Portland Thorns FC (2-1-1, 7 pts)

Date: May 6, 2017

Venue: Providence Park

Kickoff: 7:00pm PT

Attendance: 16,160

Weather: Clear

Team

1

2

Final

Seattle Reign FC

2

0

2

Portland Thorns FC

1

1

2

Scoring Summary:

SEA - Fishlock 2'

POR - Fishlock Own Goal 37'

SEA - Mathias (Stott) 39'

POR - Long (Klingenberg) 82'

Lineups:

Seattle Reign FC: Kopmeyer, Corsie, Barnes, Stott, Pickett, Fishlock, Utsugi (McNabb

84'), Yanez (Elston 74'), Rapinoe, Mathias (Johnson 87'), Kawasumi

Substitutes Not Used: Reed, Schiffel, Dallstream, Hahn

Portland Thorns FC: Franch, Boureille, Sonnett, Menges, Cox (Klingenberg

45'), Henry, Horan, Long, Raso, Sinclair, Nadim (Weber 74')

Substitutes Not Used: Johnson, Morris, Eckerstrom

Stats Summary: SEA/POR

Shots: 11 / 10

Shots on Goal: 6 / 5

Saves: 3 / 4

Corner Kicks: 5 / 2

Fouls: 12 / 10

Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:

SEA

- Rapinoe (Yellow) 23'

SEA

- Fishlock (Yellow) 23'

POR

- Henry (Yellow) 73'

POR

- Horan (Yellow) 90 + 1'

Officials:

Referee: Christina Unkel

Assistant Referees: Deleana Quan, TJ Z Seattle Reign FC 96

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