Seattle Reign FC (10-0-2, 32 pts) remain unbeaten following a 2-0 victory over the Boston Breakers (3-9-0, 9 pts) on Thursday, June 19 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass.
Despite being without several key players who are on national team duty, two goals in the first 25 minutes would be all Reign FC would need as the team extended its unbeaten streak to a league-record 12 games.
Just two minutes in, 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.
On the defensive end, goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer posted a clean sheet in her first action of the season, with five saves. Defenders Carmelina Moscato and Megan Brigman also made their season debuts for Seattle, coming on as substitutes in the 78th and 86th minutes, respectively.
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. With the victory, Reign FC remains atop the league standings with 32 points, eight points ahead of second-place FC Kansas City, and 12 points ahead of the third-place Chicago Red Stars.
Seattle was without the services of several players who were with their respective national teams this week. In games on Thursday, Scottish international Kim Little scored a goal in her team’s 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland, while midfielder Jess Fishlock assisted on all three Wales goals in their 3-0 win over Belarus.
In the U.S. National Team’s 2-2 draw against France on Thursday, forward Sydney Leroux played 79 minutes. Goalkeeper Hope Solo did not play due to a family-related absence, and defender Stephanie Cox was not in the team’s 18.
All five players will be available for the team’s final game of their two game road trip against the Western New York Flash on Sunday, June 22 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, NY. That match kicks off at 12 p.m. (PT) with a live, high-definition webstream available at YouTube.com/NWSL.
Visit ReignFC.com or call (855) REIGN-FC for details on single match tickets. Seats start at $19.
Seattle Reign FC vs. Boston Breakers June 19, 2014 — Harvard Stadium (Boston Mass.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Seattle Reign FC 2 0 2
Boston Breakers 0 0 0
SRFC – Goebel, 2’ (Foxhoven)
SRFC – Winters, 25’ (Kawasumi)
Lineups & Stats
SRFC: GK Haley Kopmeyer, D Elli Reed, D Kendall Fletcher, D Kate Deines, D Kiersten Dallstream (Megan Brigman, 86’), D Lauren Barnes, M Keelin Winters, M Mariah Nogueria, Forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, F Beverly Goebel, F Danielle Foxhoven (Carmelina Moscato, 78’)
BOS: GK Alyssa Naeher, D Catherine “Cat” Whitehill, D Julie King, D Courtney Jones, D Jazmyne Avant, M Mollie Pathman, M Joanna Lohman, M Madlyn “Maddy” Evans (Kim DeCesare, 78’), F Kathryn “Schoep” Schoepfer (Nikki Washington, 54’), F Jazmine Reeves, F Nkemjika “Nkem” Ezurike (Ashley Grove, 78’)
Referee: David Mon
Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt; Randall Kelley
Fourth Official: Kari Langevin
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