Seattle Reign FC (11-0-2, 35 pts) remain undefeated following a 2-1 victory over the Western New York Flash (5-7-2, 17 pts) on Sunday, June 22 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
In a physical game that saw Western New York whistled for 14 fouls and given four yellow cards, U.S Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux scored the game winner in the 90th minute, dribbling past goalkeeper Lydia Williams off a chip into the box by midfielder Jessica Fishlock, as Seattle extended its undefeated streak to a league-record 13 games.
“Today’s match demonstrated the character of this team yet again,” said Laura Harvey, Reign FC head coach and general manager. “Whenever we face adversity we stay together and refuse to give up.”
After a scoreless first half, with the teams combining for just three shots (two by Seattle), the Flash got on the board first in the 61st minute, with midfielder Samantha Kerr heading one past goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer off a corner kick from Vicky Losada. It was the fifth time in the past six games that Reign FC conceded the game’s first goal.
Despite a strong attack from the Flash to cushion its lead, Seattle would score the equalizer in the 83rd minute with a free kick by Scottish international Kim Little from 35 yards out. Little’s ball was served into a crowded box and deflected off Flash midfielder Carli Lloyd before sailing past Williams for the goal.
Just seven minutes later, Leroux’s third game-winning goal of the season would give Seattle the lead and would prove to be the difference. Fishlock picked up her team-leading 4th assist on the goal.
In her second consecutive start, Kopmeyer made three saves and now holds a .50 goals against average after two appearances this season.
Sunday marked the return of Leroux, Fishlock, Little, and defender Stephanie Cox, all of whom missed Thursday’s game against Boston while with their respective national teams.
Reign FC remains atop the league standings with 35 points, eight points ahead of second-place FC Kansas City and 15 points ahead of the Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns FC, who are in a two-way tie for third place.
Seattle Reign FC vs. Western New York Flash June 22, 2014 — Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.)
WNY: Kerr, 61’ (Losada)
SRFC: Lloyd, 83’ (OG)
SRFC: Leroux, 88’ (Fishlock)
WNY: Kristen Edmonds (Caution), 32’
WNY: Angela Salem (Caution), 77’
WNY: McCall Zerboni (Caution), 86’
WNY: Katherine Reynolds (Caution), 90+2’
Lineups & Stats
SRFC: GK Haley Kopmeyer, D Kendall Fletcher, D Kate Deines, D Stephanie Cox, D Lauren Barnes (Elli Reed, 45’), M Keelin Winters (Kiersten Dallstream, 84’), M Kim Little, M Jessica Fishlock, F Sydney Leroux, F Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, F Beverly Goebel (Mariah Nogueira, 66’)
WNY: GK Lydia Williams, D Kat Williamson (Teigen Allen, 45’), D Brittany Taylor, D Katherine Reynolds, D Kristen Edmonds, M McCall Zerboni, M Angela Salem, M Vicky Losada (Sonia Bermudez, 87’), M Carli Lloyd, M Samantha Kerr, F Adriana Martin (Jasmyne Spencer, 71’)
Referee: Boris Senic
Assistant Referees: Khalaf Al Latayfeh; Albert Calise
Fourth Official: Neil Barbulescu
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