Seattle Reign beat Portland 3 – 0 to lead the NWSL
Seattle Reign FC (8-3-3, 27 pts) completed a regular season series sweep of Portland Thorns FC (3-6-4, 13 pts) with a 3-0 victory over PTFC on Sunday, July 26, in front of a team-record crowd of 6,303 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
With the victory, Seattle moves into first-place in the NWSL standings, one point ahead of the second place Chicago Red Stars.
After Seattle controlled possession for most of the first half, Reign FC got on the board in the 38th minute. Midfielder Kim Little played a through ball to midfielder Jessica Fishlock, as the latter slotted a shot past Portland goalkeeper Nadine Angerer to give Seattle the lead.
“From when we scored, I didn’t really think that the game was in doubt,” head coach Laura Harvey said. “Because when we tend to get a lead, we very rarely give it up, especially here.”
Out of the break, forward Beverly Yanez erupted for two goals in a five-minute span to put the game away. In the 46th minute, Little sent a cross into the box, with Yanez heading it in to give Seattle a two-goal advantage.
Just four minutes later, forward Megan Rapinoe played a low cross into the box, with Yanez there to finish from close range.
“Again, my team put me in such great positions to finish,” Yanez said of her two-goal afternoon.
Yanez is now second in the NWSL with eight goals on the year while Little sits first in the league for assists with six.
The victory capped a two-game, home and home series between Seattle and Portland, with Reign FC finishing the set 2-0-0 after a 1-0 victory against Thorns FC at Providence Park in Portland on Wednesday. Little had the game’s only goal in that matchup.
Reign FC also extended its home regular season unbeaten streak to 20 games, dating back to the start of the 2014 season. Seattle has gone 15-0-5 at Memorial Stadium over that span, including a 6-0-1 record on the Moda Pitch in 2015, with Reign FC outscoring its opponents 20-5 at home this year.
“It’s a phenomenal achievement,” Harvey said of the unbeaten streak.
Seattle now heads on the road for a matchup this Saturday, August 1 against the Boston Breakers at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium in Allston, Mass. That match is set for a 1 p.m. PT kickoff.
Source courtesy of: nwslsoccer.com
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