Seattle Reign FC (13-0-3, 42 pts) remains undefeated following a 3-2 victory over the Boston Breakers (3-11-2, 11 pts) on Sunday, July 6 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
Despite giving up the first goal for the seventh time in the last nine games, three-second half goals — including two by forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi — would lead Seattle to the victory.
Defender Courtney Jones opened the scoring for Boston in the 19th minute, with her shot from outside the box getting past goalkeeper Hope Solo for the lone goal of the first half.
The Breakers would hold the lead until the 55th minute, when a cross into the box from defender Stephanie Cox found Naho, who buried one past goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to even the scoring.
Seattle took its first lead of the game in the 76th minute, after Scottish international Kim Little pressured the Boston backline into conceding an own goal. However, the Breakers would answer just two minutes later, with forward Katie Schoepfer ripping a shot past Solo on the far post from just outside the box for the equalizer.
In the 83rd minute, Seattle would retake the lead for good, with midfielder Jessica Fishlock driving through the Boston backline to find Naho, who would again shoot one past Naeher for the game winner. The Japanese international is now second on the team with five goals.
On the defensive side, Solo allowed two goals for just the third time this season, and now holds a goals against average of 0.923.
With the win, Reign FC remains atop the league standings with 42 points, nine points ahead of second-place FC Kansas City with 33 points, and 19 points clear of the third-place Western New York Flash.
Seattle has set a new NWSL record for points in a season, now four ahead of the previous high of 38, with eight regular season matches left to play.
Reign FC finishes the season series against the Breakers with a record of 3-0-0. Seattle won its home opener against Boston 3-0 on April 13, with Little scoring her first two goals of the season, and forward Megan Rapinoe adding a third. On June 19, forward Beverly Goebel and midfielder Keelin Winters would score in the game’s first 25 minutes to propel Seattle to a 2-0 victory.
Reign FC will now head back on the road to take on the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, July 12 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. (PT).
Seattle Reign FC vs. Boston Breakers July 6, 2014 — Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.)
BOS: Courtney Jones, 19’
SRFC: Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, 55’ (Cox)
SRFC: Kim Little (Own Goal)
BOS: Kathryn Schoepfer, 78’
SRFC: Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, 83’ (Fishlock)
BOS: Katie Schoepfer (Caution), 90+1’
Lineups & Stats
SRFC: GK Hope Solo, D Stephanie Cox (Kiersten Dallstream, 56’), D Lauren Barnes, D Elli Reed, D Kendall Fletcher, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi (Danielle Foxhoven, 90’), F Sydney Leroux, F Beverly Goebel (Mariah Nogueira, 80’)
BOS: GK Alyssa Naeher, F Courtney Jones, D Catherine “Cat” Whitehill, M Bianca D’Agostino, F Jazmine Reeves (Chelsea Stewart, 80’), M Heather O’Reilly, M Lianne Sanderson, M Kristie Mewis, M Mollie Pathman (Joanna Lohman, 72’), F Nkemjika “Nkem” Ezurike (Katie “Schoep” Schoepfer, 61’), D Bianca Sierra
Referee: Mark Allatin
Assistant Referee: Eduardo Mariscal; Chipalo Street
Fourth Official: Ray Moffatte Jr.