Seattle Reign FC (12-0-3, 39 pts) remains undefeated following a 2-1 victory over the Western New York Flash (6-8-3, 20 pts) on Wednesday, July 2 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
Despite giving up the first goal for the sixth time in the past eight games, second-half goals by forward Beverly Goebel and midfielder Jessica Fishlock would propel Seattle to the victory.
Midfielder Vicky Losada got the Flash on the board in the 33rd minute, after a free kick from defender Brittany Taylor deflected off midfielder Keelin Winters and right to the feet of Losada, who knocked the ball off the crossbar past goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Despite the 1-0 halftime deficit, Reign FC scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute, with a cross by Scottish international and NWSL goals leader Kim Little finding the head of Goebel, who beat goalkeeper Lydia Williams in the air to put the ball in the back of the net.
The game would remain knotted at one until the 85th minute, when forward Megan Rapinoe — appearing in her first game since the season-opener on April 13 — battled past two Flash defenders to the end line before sending a low cross into the box that found the foot of Fishlock for the game-winner.
After missing the past three games, Hope Solo started in goal, and made three saves. She now has a goals against average of 0.833.
With the victory, Reign FC remains atop the league standings with 39 points, followed by FC Kansas City in second-place with 30 points, and the Washington Spirit in third-place with 23 points.
Seattle has now set the record for most points in a season with nine regular season games left to play.
With the win, Reign FC finishes the season series against the Western New York Flash with a record of 2-0-1. Reign FC played the Flash to a 2-2 draw in Seattle on May 25 at Memorial Stadium, and won the first road matchup between the two on June 22 after scoring twice in the final ten minutes.
Reign FC will now head back home to take on the Boston Breakers on Sunday, July 6 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. (PT).
Seattle Reign FC vs. Western New York Flash July 2, 2014 — Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.)
WNY: Vicky Losada, 33’
SRFC: Beverly Goebel, 62’ (Little)
SRFC: Jessica Fishlock, 85’ (Rapinoe)
WNY: Angela Salem (Caution), 66’
SRFC: Jessica Fishlock (Caution), 90’+
Lineups & Stats
SRFC: GK Hope Solo, D Stephanie Cox, D Kate Deines, D Stephanie Cox, D Kendall Fletcher, D Elli Reed, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi (Megan Rapinoe, 67’), F Sydney Leroux (Lauren Barnes, 90’+), F Beverly Goebel (Mariah Nogueira, 82’)
WNY: GK Lydia Williams, D Katherine Reynolds, D Brittany Taylor, D Kat Williamson, D Kristen Edmonds, M Angela Salem (Sonia Bermudez, 70’), M McCall Zerboni, M Vicky Losada, M Carli Lloyd, M Samantha Kerr, F Adriana Martin (Jasmyne Spencer, 59’ (Amy Barczuk, 89’)
Referee: Greg Dopka
Assistant Referees: Danielle Chesky; Christopher Trottier
Fourth Official: Raymond Tam
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