TUKWILA, WA– Seattle Reign FC (17-3-6) suffered its third and final loss of the year on Sunday, August 31, falling 2-1 to FC Kansas City (14-7-5) in the NWSL Championship Match at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
Seattle finishes the 2014 campaign as the league runner-up, as well as the NWSL shield winners after posting a league-record 54 points during the regular season.
Despite pressuring the Kansas City defense and backline throughout the match, Seattle was unable to come back from its first 2-0 deficit of the season.
FC Kansas City got on the board first in the 22nd minute, when forward Lauren Holiday found forward Amy Rodriguez with a wide diagonal run into the box, with the latter lifting a shot over goalkeeper Hope Solo for the 1-0 lead.
In the 56th minute, FC Kansas City padded their lead with another connection between Holliday and Rodriguez, when Holiday pushed through a line of three Seattle defenders before finding Rodriguez at the top of the box, with the league’s second ranking goal scorer in the regular season burying a shot past Solo.
Seattle got one back in the 87th minute, when a header from midfielder Mariah Nogueira knocked off the post, and the ensuing scramble allowed forward Megan Rapinoe to blast a shot past goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.
Despite several chances late, including a shot wide of goal by Rapinoe in stoppage time, Reign FC was unable to notch the equalizer.
Seattle finishes the season series with FC Kansas City with a record of 1-1-2.
Seattle Reign FC vs. FC Kansas City August 31, 2014 — Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, Wash.)
KC– Amy Rodriguez, 22’ (Holiday)
KC– Rodriguez, 56’ (Holiday)
SEA – Megan Rapinoe, 87’
KC – LePeilbet (Caution) — 79’
SEA – Solo (Caution) — 90’+
Lineups & Stats
SEA: GK Hope Solo, D Stephanie Cox, D Lauren Barnes, D Elli Reed (Mariah Nogueira, 83’), D Kendall Fletcher, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, F Sydney Leroux (Beverly Goebel, 67’), F Megan Rapinoe
KC: GK Nicole Barnhart, D Kassey Kallman, D Nikki Phillips, D Leigh Ann Robinson, D Becky Sauerbrunn, M Jen Buczkowski, M Jenna Richmond, M Lauren Holiday, M Merritt Mathias (Amy LePeilbet, 71’), M Erika Tymrak (Elizabeth Bogus, 76’), F Amy Rodriguez (Sarah Hagen, 64’)
Referee: Margaret Domka
Assistant Referees: Marlene Duff; Danielle Chesky
Fourth Official: Katia Koroleva
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