SEATTLE (July 11, 2015) — (club release) Seattle Reign FC (6-2-3, 21 pts) used four second-half goals to propel itself past the Western New York Flash (4-5-2, 14 pts) 4-2 on Saturday, July 11 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
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With the win, Seattle took over sole possession of first place in the NWSL standings with 21 points — three points ahead of the second-place Chicago Red Stars — while extending its season unbeaten streak to eight.
The team did so in front of the largest home crowd in team history, of 5,778.
After controlling possession early, Seattle conceded the game’s first goal in the 33rd minute. A cross from midfielder Samantha Mewis connected with a diving header from forward Amanda Frisbie to put the Flash up 1-0.
Reign FC nearly tied the game heading into the locker room, but a header from midfielder Amber Brooks off a corner kick was knocked over the crossbar by Frisbie.
“I think we were dominating the first half, but we gave them too many chances,” head coach Laura Harvey said.
Out of the break, Reign FC erupted for three goals in a 10-minute span. In the 49th minute, Seattle drew even with forward Beverly Yanez’s team-leading sixth goal of the year, a chip over Flash goalkeeper Chantel Jones.
“I say this all the time, the game is all about goals,” Harvey said. “The moment we scored, suddenly then it was like life came into us even more.”
Less than two minutes later, defender Rachel Corsie scored her first-ever NWSL goal, corralling a deflected shot from midfielder Jessica Fishlock to give Reign FC the lead.
In the 55th minute, Seattle made it 3-1 with midfielder Amber Brooks heading in a corner kick from defender Stephanie Cox.
With those three goals in a span of six minutes, nine seconds, Seattle broke an NWSL record for the fastest three goals scored in a game, besting a mark of 6:33 set by Portland Thorns FC last season.
Western New York cut the deficit down to one in the 67th minute, with a left-footed cross from defender Jaelene Hinkle connecting with the head of midfielder Becky Edwards.
Seattle put the game away in the 73rd minute, with Fishlock knocking a shot past Jones on the left post off a cross from Yanez for a final score of 4-2.
With the win, Seattle also brought its home regular season undefeated streak at Memorial Stadium to 19 games, dating back to April 2014.
Saturday’s match was the third and final game between Reign FC and the Flash during the 2015 regular season. Seattle won the first matchup 5-1 on April 12, while the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. last Friday.
Reign FC will now head back on the road for a matchup with the Washington Spirit on July 18 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. in their second meeting of the year. The teams will meet again in Reign FC’s season finale, a road match, on September 5.
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Match: Seattle Reign FC vs. Western New York Flash
Date: July 11, 2015
Venue: Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.)
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT
Goals by Half 1 2 F
SEA 0 4 4
WNYF 1 1 2
WNYF — Frisbie, 34′ (Mewis)
SEA — Yanez, 49′ (Little)
SEA — Corsie, 52′
SEA — Brooks, 55′ (Fletcher)
WNYF — Edwards, 67′ (Hinkle)
SEA — Fishlock, 73′ (Yanez)
WNYF — Edwards, 89′ (Reckless)
Lineups & Stats
SEA: GK Haley Kopmeyer, D Rachel Corsie, D Kendall Fletcher, D Lauren Barnes, D Stephanie Cox, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Amber Brooks (Mariah Bullock, 77′), F Beverly Yanez (Danielle Foxhoven, 86′), F Elli Reed (Katrine Veje, 79′)
Substitutes not used: Caroline Stanley, Michelle Cruz, Kirsten Dallstream, Merritt Mathias
WNYF: GK Chantel Jones, D Elizabeth Eddy, D Abby Dahlkemper, D Brittany Taylor, D Jaelene Hinkle, M Ashley Nick (Ajara Nchout Njoya, 80′), M Becky Edwards, M Samantha Mewis, F Jasmyne Spencer, F Lynn Williams (Jamia Fields, 48+’), F Amanda Frisbie
Substitutes not used: Sabrina D’Angelo, Kristen Hamilton
Referee: Brandon Artis
Assistant Referee: T.J. Zablocki, J.J. Blodgett
Fourth Official: Jason Perlewitz
Shots: SEA — 10 / WNYF — 11
Shots on goal: SEA — 6 / WNYF — 6
Saves: SEA — 4 / WNYF — 2
Corner kicks: SEA — 8 / WNYF — 4
Fouls: SEA — 9 / WNYF — 12
Offside: SEA — 7 / WNYF — 0