Seattle Reign FC

Seattle Reign FC remain unbeaten following their 2-0 victory over the Houston Dash in front of 2,290 supporters at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, April 27.

Scottish international Kim Little registered her second two-goal performance of the season and now leads the National Women’s Soccer League in goals with four.

Reign FC opened the scoring in the 19th minute, after U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux was brought down in the box by Dash midfielder Becky Edwards.

The resulting penalty was taken by Little who stepped up to the spot and calmly placed the ball past keeper Erin McLeod giving Seattle a 1-0 lead, and giving Little her second converted penalty this season.

A scary moment came in the 34th minute as Dash forward Ella Masar violently clashed heads with Kendall Fletcher and fell to the turf. Masar appeared to be okay and finished the remainder of the match.

Little scored again in the 39th minute after Bev Goebel’s through ball split the Dash backline and fell to her feet. The midfielder cut back to her right foot and placed in a strike to give her a brace.

“I truly believe that Kim is one of the best number 10’s in the world,” said head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “The second goal really showed her class more than anything else.”

Nearing the end of the first half, the Dash had their best opportunity to get one back. An unmarked Masar received a cross at the far post but hit her strike across the face of the goal.

Late in the second half Reign FC captain Keelin Winters had a go from distance and forced McLeod to make a terrific leaping save to tip the ball just over the bar.

In the 90th minute, Leroux sprung free for a breakaway and rounded the outrushing McLeod but the forwards final strike hit the front post as she wasn’t able to put home her first of the season.

Reign FC dominated in possession throughout the match and severely outshot the Dash 14- 4.

The win is Seattle’s third of the season and keeps Reign FC in first place in the league standings with nine points.

“If you could have written the script before the season, it wouldn’t be much different than how it’s panned out,” Harvey said. “It’s fantastic to have nine points and three wins on the board already.”

Next up for Seattle in their run of three away games is Sky Blue FC on Wednesday, April 30 at Yurcak Field. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. (PT) and will be available via a live, high-definition webstream at YouTube.com/NWSL.

Visit ReignFC.com or call (855) REIGN-FC for details on single match tickets.

Seattle Reign FC vs. Houston Dash April 27, 2014 – Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.)

Goals by Half                        1         2        F
Seattle Reign FC                     2         0        2
Houston Dash                         0         0        0

Scoring Summary
SRFC – Little, 19 (PK)
SRFC – Little, 39

Misconduct Summary
SRFC  – Reed (Caution), 39
SRFC  – Winters (Caution), 62
HOU    – Ohale (Caution), 77

Lineups & Stats
SRFC: GK Hope Solo, D Lauren Barnes, D Kendall Fletcher, D Stephanie Cox, M Elli Reed, M Kim Little, M Jess Fishlock (Kate Denies 88), M Keelin Winters, M Beverly Goebel (Danielle Foxhoven 71), F Nahomi Kawasumi, F Sydney Leroux.

HOU: GK Erin McLeod, D Arianna Romero, D Osinachi Ohale, D Holly Hein, M Nikki Washington (Stephanie Ochs 67), M Jordan Jackson, M Teresa Noyola (Marissa Diggs 45), M Becky Edwards, F Kealia Ohai (Kika Toulouse 45), F Ella Masar, F Lindsay Elston.

Referee:  Dimitar Chavadarov
Assistant Referees: Eduardo Mariscal, Ben Warren
4th Official: Lucas Brooks

Attendance: 2,290

Weather: Partly cloudy,  51 degrees

2 Comments
  1. Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    Just finished watching this game. I am very pleased to see the way Naho & Bev are integrated in the team. I believe their experience is rather unique.

    We saw players transferred from the Nadeshiko League to leagues overseas and so many of them changed their style, usually turning more physical to play in Germany, England, and France. This is not the case of Naho & Bev. On the contrary, they play for Seattle just as they did for Kobe, and in that manner fit well in the Reign. On their part, the Reign lets the duo play in the typical INAC-style and benefits from it, Their two teammates in particular, Kim Little and Keelin Winters, are in superb chemistry with the INAC duo. It is almost a revelation for me that an American club can do it. There is no doubt the Reign has a well-considered plan for the 2014 season. They did not just recruit “big names” blindly. They collected right players for their plan and use them in right way. Credit to Laura Harvey!!

    In fact, I am already worrying about 2015 because, seeing what is happening to them now, INAC will never loan its core players again, not while its own season is ongoing anyway. We may be in the middle of the only season we can see this magnificent joint effort.

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      WSU 5 years ago

      Completely agree with Ken. The recruitments were based on what would fit in with the Reign’s style of play and the players that are already in the squad. I am pleased for Laura Harvey, I think the first season she was still in England when the whole player selection process was going on, I think this season is the first where she has been involved in the whole process. I said previously, I couldn’t understand why she didn’t get even a nomination on her domestic treble with Arsenal Ladies at the Ballon d’Or awards, maybe her work at Seattle Reign will give her some more recognition that she deserves.

      I think you are right about INAC, it seems they have really weakened their squad by loaning their key players.

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