PORTLAND, OR— Seattle Reign FC only have two pre-season matches to polish up for the 2015 NWSL season. They made the most of the first one with a 5-0 win over the University of Portland Pilots on Saturday March 28 at Merlo Field.
Seattle’s goals were by Keelin Winters (Little), Danielle Foxhoven (Mathias), Kim Little (2: Foxhoven, Yanez), and Stephanie Cox (Little).
Reign FC will round out their preseason play on Friday, April 3, 7 p.m. PT vs. the University of Washington at Memorial Stadium.
In the Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey discusses how preseason training camp is progressing, and the arrival of Scottish International Rachel Corsie.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Seattle Reign FC opened their two-game preseason schedule with a 5-0 shutout victory against the University of Portland Pilots in front of 338 fans on Saturday night at Merlo Field in Portland.
Reign FC’s attack fired on all cylinders as four different players got on the board, including a brace by Scottish international midfielder Kim Little. Midfielder and Pilot alumna Keelin Winters scored the first goal of the night in the 9th minute when a corner kick from Little deflected off the Pilot keeper’s gloves, causing the ball to fall at Winters’s feet and she buried her shot into the roof of the net.
During the 38th minute, forward Merritt Mathias cut into space from the right side of the field before finding a streaking Danielle Foxhoven at the top of the 18-yard box. Foxhaven cut to left and placed a curling shot over the keeper into the upper left-hand corner of the putting Seattle in front 2-0.
Before the end of the first half, Foxhoven would be involved in the play once more when she flicked on a pass to Little who dribbled into the box and finished from close range to extend Reign FC’s lead to three in the 45th minute.
Two minutes into the second half, Pilot alumn and defender Stephanie Cox, found the end of a Little pass and placed a shot into the left side of the goal from nine yards out increasing the Reign FC lead to 4-0.
Little would tally her brace on the evening and the final goal of the match in the 52nd minute. Forward Beverly Yanez chipped a ball over the Pilot’s backline to the feet of a rushing Little who rounded the keeper before tapping it into the lower left corner of the goal from eight yards out.
Reign FC controlled the possession throughout the match and finished with a 27-0 advantage in shots, including nine on goal and 10 corner kicks. All 19 players who traveled to Portland saw action for Reign FC, including draft picks forward Havana Solaun and midfielder Kendall Romine.
Forward Merritt Mathias recorded three shots in her first action for Reign FC, while Little tallied a match-high six shots. Scottish international defender Rachel Corsie also made her first debut for Reign FC when she subbed in for Lauren Barnes at the start of the second half.
The club will return to Seattle to round out their preseason schedule on April 3 at 7 p.m. PT on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium against the University of Washington in a Community Shield Match presented by Dr. Thomas McKenny, DDS.
Reign FC kicks off their 2015 regular season on Sunday, April 12 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium when they host the Western New York Flash. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT. For tickets to the home opener, please visit http://www.reignfc.com/tickets.
Seattle Reign FC vs. University of Portland (Preseason Match)
March 28, 2015 – Merlo Field (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Seattle Reign FC 3 2 5
University of Portland 0 0 0
SEA – Winters (Little), 9
SEA – Foxhoven (Mathias), 38
SEA – Little, 45
SEA – Cox (Little), 48
SEA – Little (Yanez), 52
Misconduct Summary n/a
Lineups & Stats
SEA: GK Haley Kopmeyer (Caroline Stanley, 45); D Elli Reed, D Lauren Barnes (D Rachel Corsie, 46), D Kendall Fletcher, D Stephanie Cox (D Michelle Cruz, 56); M Mariah Noguiera, M Keelin Winters (M Mele French*, 56), M Kim Little (M Kendall Romine*, 69); F Merritt Mathias (F Havana Solaun*, 46), F Danielle Foxhoven (F Beverly Yanez, 46), F Amanda Frisbie (F Kiersten Dallstream, 46)
* – indicates trialist
TOTAL SHOTS: 27; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9; FOULS: N/A; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 10; SAVES: 0
UP: GK Hanna de Haan; D Alyssa Edenstrom, D Ellie Boon, D Haylee DeGrood, D Ariel Viera; M Parkes Kendrick, M Hanna Griffiths Boston, M Noelle Le Prevotte, M Allison Wetherington; F Madeline Dieker, F Devlyn Jeter
Substitutes Not Used: M Rebekah Kurle
TOTAL SHOTS: 0; SHOTS ON GOAL: 0; FOULS: 0; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 4 Referee: Farhad Dadkho Jr. Assistant Referees: Bily Baldwin, JJ Blodgett 4th Official: Drew Brroks Attendance: 338 Weather: Cloudly, calm, high 50s All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.
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