Seattle Reign FC (11-0-3, 36 pts) remain undefeated following a 0-0 draw with Sky Blue FC (3-6-7, 16 pts) on Saturday, June 28 in front of a franchise-record crowd of 5,770 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
In what would be the first scoreless draw in the NWSL this season, the two sides traded possession evenly throughout the first half, combining for 12 shots (seven by Reign FC).
In the second half, despite again outshooting Sky Blue FC 7-5, and earning five corner kicks, the two best chances of the night for Seattle both 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.
In her third consecutive start, goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer posted her second clean sheet of the year with five saves, and now holds a 0.33 goals against average.
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. 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.
Seattle remains atop the league standings with 36 points, followed by FC Kansas City in second place with 30 points, and the third-place Washington Spirit with 22 points.
With the draw, Reign FC finishes the season series against Sky Blue FC with a record of 2-0-1. Seattle defeating Sky Blue FC in both road matches this season, winning 2-0 on April 30, and 3-1 on June 1.
Seattle Reign FC vs. Sky Blue FC June 28, 2014 — Moda Health Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.)
SBFC: Caitlin Foord (Caution), 54’
Lineups & Stats
SRFC: GK Haley Kopmeyer, D Stephanie Cox, D Kate Deines, D Kendall Fletcher, M Elli Reed, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Beverly Goebel (Danielle Foxhoven, 86’), F Sydney Leroux, F Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi (Kiersten Dallstream, 83’)
SBFC: GK Brittany Cameron, D Kelley O’Hara, D Christie Rampone, D Lindsi Cutshall, D Caitlin Foord, D Kendall Johnson, D Cami Levin, M Nanase Kiryu (Ashley Nicks, 77’), M Sophie Schmidt, M Katy Freels, F Jonelle Filigno (Maya Hayes, 56’)
Referee: Chris Spivey
Assistant Referees: Vicente Cortes; Chuck Spaniola
Fourth Official: Timon Berry
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