Seattle Reign FC (11-0-3, 36 pts) will try to extend its undefeated streak to a league-record 15 games on Wednesday, July 2, as they take on the Western New York Flash (6-7-2, 20 pts) at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. (PT).
Reign FC is coming off a 0-0 draw with Sky Blue FC on Saturday, the first scoreless match in the NWSL this season. While Seattle outshot Sky Blue FC 12-8, both of Reign FC’s best scoring chances on the day met the crossbar to keep the game knotted at zero.
In the 59th minute, a cross from forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi found the head of U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux, but the shot hit the crossbar, and was cleared by defender Lindsi Cutshall.
In second half stoppage time, midfielder Jessica Fishlock fired a shot from the top of the box, with the ball again hitting the crossbar and getting knocked away by the Sky Blue FC backline.
The draw marked the first time this season that Seattle was held scoreless, and only the third time the team was held to under one goal. On the defensive side, the match was Reign FC’s sixth shutout of the year.
In her third consecutive start, goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer posted a clean sheet — making five saves — and now has a goals against average of 0.33.
The crowd of 5,770 marked the third consecutive home game that Reign FC set a franchise-record for attendance, after drawing 4,018 for its match against the Western New York Flash on May 25, and 4,222 against the Chicago Red Stars on June 7.
Reign FC is in first place in the NWSL standings with 36 points, six points ahead of second-place FC Kansas City, and 14 points ahead of the third-place Washington Spirit. Seattle is three points away from setting the league record for most points in a season.
Western New York is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers on Friday. Midfielder Vicky Losada leads the NWSL in assists with six. Midfielder Carli Lloyd is fifth in the league in scoring with six goals, while forward Samantha Kerr is eighth with five. Defenders Katherine Reynolds and Brittany Taylor have started all 15 games for the Flash, and played all 1350 minutes of action.
Wednesday’s match is the final of three regular season matches between Seattle and Western New York. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw in their first matchup on May 25 at Memorial Stadium, with midfielder Kim Little scoring the equalizer in stoppage time.
On June 22, despite surrendering the game’s first goal, Reign FC would score twice in the final ten minutes, with Leroux knocking in the game winner in the 90th minute off a chip into the box by Fishlock to keep the unbeaten streak alive.
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