July 12, 2013 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Seattle Reign FC
Seattle, WA - July 12, 2013 - Three different players scored for Reign FC as they extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3 - 2 victory over the Western New York Flash on Thursday, July 11 at the Moda Health Pitch at Starfire Stadium.
Western New York drew first-blood as they got on the score sheet in the 9th minute with an Abby Wambach goal. Wambach received a ball over the top of Reign FC's defense from center back Brittany Taylor. Wambach separated from Seattle's back line to receive the ball and dribbled at goalkeeper Hope Solo, slotting the ball past Solo and into the back of the net.
It didn't take long for Seattle to equalize as midfielder Jessica Fishlock received a layoff from forward Jessica McDonald and drove it past Western New York's goalkeeper Adrianna Franch in the 13th minute. The play was the culmination of one-touch passes that started with an entry pass from midfielder Megan Rapinoe to midfielder Keelin Winters. Winters played it into McDonald, who laid it off to Fishlock for her team- leading fourth goal of the season.
Seattle was able to take the lead right before half as Rapinoe received a gift from Franch in the 44th minute. After receiving a pass from Taylor, Franch seemed confused on whether it came off Taylor's thigh or chest, so she fumbled around with it at her feet until she hit a clearance right to Rapinoe's chest. Rapinoe settled the ball and put a shot into the left side of the net, her second goal of the season, giving Seattle the 2-1 lead.
In the beginning of the second half, Western New York tied the game in the 46th minute as Wambach drew a penalty kick. A towering header was hit in the box towards goal and Wambach and Kyle battled for it, which ended with Wambach on the ground and center referee Robert Sibiga pointing to the penalty spot. Wambach converted on the penalty kick, netting her second goal of the game and tying the game 2 - 2.
Wambach's penalty conversion was her second in as many games against Seattle, and Seattle's fourth penalty kick conceded, tying FC Kansas City with the most in the league.
After a half of close chances for both teams, it was Seattle who was able to capitalize in the 81st as midfielder Christine Nairn got her third goal of the season. The goal came off a perfectly served, left-footed ball from defender ElIi Reed that bent over Western New York's back line and found a streaking Nairn who placed a left-footed volley into the back of the net.
Seattle will look to continue their unbeaten streak as they face the Washington Spirit on Sunday, July 14 at Moda Health Pitch at Starfire Stadium at 5:30 p.m. in the first nationally televised game in National Women's Soccer League history. The match will be broadcast on the Fox Soccer Channel.
Tickets are still available for Sunday's match at www.ReignFC.com.