Seattle Reign FC Midfielder Jess Fishlock Voted NWSL Player of the Week
Seattle Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 2 of the 2017 NWSL season.
Fishlock, 30, scored the first goal for the Reign in a 5-1 victory over the Houston Dash on Saturday at Memorial Stadium as Seattle produced their biggest win since the first match of the 2015 season, a span of 41 games.
The Cardiff, Wales native opened the scoring in the 18th minute after Megan Rapinoe broke down the left flank and played a ball into the box that caromed off fellow forward Beverley Yanez. The ball fell to midfielder Christine Nairn, who teed up Fishlock to drive a low shot inside the far post for her first goal of the season.
The Wales international featured for all 90 minutes in the victory for Seattle and was active throughout – with 71 touches and 47 total passes as well as four tackles and three shots on target. She also won three fouls.
A three-time NWSL Best XI selection, Fishlock recently became the first player – men’s or women’s – to earn 100 caps for Wales and marked the occasion with a goal to help lead her country to a 3-1 victory over Northern Ireland on April 5.
Fishlock is the second consecutive member of the Reign to be voted NWSL Player of the Week after goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer won the award for her performance in Week 1. It is the seventh time in league history that players from the same team have earned the accolade in back-to-back weeks – but the first time that teammates have accomplished the feat in the first two weeks of a season.
Seattle and the Portland Thorns are the only teams to have had their players win NWSL Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks on multiple occasions – with each club pulling it off twice. No club has ever had its players win the award in three straight weeks.
Fishlock has now been honored three times as the NWSL Player of the Week. It is the 15th time a member of the Reign has won the award.
The Seattle Reign will return to action Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. ET against the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field in Boston.
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