Seattle Reign FC (10-0-2, 32 pts) will try to extend its unbeaten streak to a league-record 13 games on Sunday, June 22, as they take on the Western New York Flash (5-6-2, 17 pts) at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, NY.
Reign FC is coming off a 2-0 victory over the Boston Breakers at Harvard Stadium in Boston on Thursday, with Seattle scoring both goals in the first 25 minutes of play.
In the second minute, forward Beverly Goebel notched her second goal of the season, shooting one past Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher on the far post to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. It was the first time in five games that Reign FC did not concede the game’s first goal.
In the 25th minute, midfielder Keelin Winters would make it 2-0, heading one past Naeher off a corner kick from forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, and capping the scoring.
Seattle was without the services of five key players on national team duty in the victory. Midfielders Kim Little (Scotland) and Jessica Fishlock (Wales), along with goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender Stephanie Cox, and forward Sydney Leroux (USA) are all expected to be available for Sunday’s game.
The win was Reign FC’s fifth shutout of the season, and its first since defeating Portland Thorns FC 1-0 in Portland on May 10. Reign FC is in first place in the NWSL standings with 32 points, eight points ahead of second-place FC Kansas City, and 12 points ahead of the third-place Chicago Red Stars.
The Flash are coming off a 2-0 victory over the Red Stars on June 18. Midfielder Vicky Losada is tied for first in the NWSL with four assists, while midfielders Carli Lloyd and McCall Zerboni are tied for second in fouls committed with 19. Lloyd, and forwards Abby Wambach and Samantha Kerr are tied for the team lead in goals with 4. Defenders Katherine Reynolds and Brittany Taylor have started all 13 games for the Flash, and played all 1170 minutes of action.
Sunday’s match is the second of three regular season matches between Seattle and Western New York, with two teams playing to a 2-2 draw in their first matchup on May 25 at Memorial Stadium. In that game, Little scored the equalizer in stoppage time to keep the unbeaten streak alive.
The two sides will meet again on Wednesday, July 2 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, NY. That game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. (PT) start time.
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