SEATTLE (July 26, 2015) — Seattle Reign FC (8-3-3, 27 pts) completed a regular season series sweep of Portland Thorns FC (3-6-4, 13 pts) with a 3-0 victory over PTFC on Sunday, July 26, in front of a team-record crowd of 6,303 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium. (See all three goals in video highlights here.)
With the victory, Seattle moves into first-place in the NWSL standings, one point ahead of the second place Chicago Red Stars.
After Seattle controlled possession for most of the first half, Reign FC got on the board in the 38th minute. Midfielder Kim Little played a through ball to midfielder Jessica Fishlock, as the latter slotted a shot past Portland goalkeeper Nadine Angerer to give Seattle the lead.
“From when we scored, I didn’t really think that the game was in doubt,” head coach Laura Harvey said. “Because when we tend to get a lead, we very rarely give it up, especially here.”
Out of the break, forward Beverly Yanez erupted for two goals in a five-minute span to put the game away. In the 46th minute, Little sent a cross into the box, with Yanez heading it in to give Seattle a two-goal advantage.
Just four minutes later, forward Megan Rapinoe played a low cross into the box, with Yanez there to finish from close range.
“Again, my team put me in such great positions to finish,” Yanez said of her two-goal afternoon.
Yanez is now second in the NWSL with eight goals on the year while Little sits first in the league for assists with six.
The victory capped a two-game, home and home series between Seattle and Portland, with Reign FC finishing the set 2-0-0 after a 1-0 victory against Thorns FC at Providence Park in Portland on Wednesday. Little had the game’s only goal in that matchup.
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Reign FC also extended its home regular season unbeaten streak to 20 games, dating back to the start of the 2014 season. Seattle has gone 15-0-5 at Memorial Stadium over that span, including a 6-0-1 record on the Moda Pitch in 2015, with Reign FC outscoring its opponents 20-5 at home this year.
“It’s a phenomenal achievement,” Harvey said of the unbeaten streak.
Seattle now heads on the road for a matchup this Saturday, August 1 against the Boston Breakers at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium in Allston, Mass. That match is set for a 1 p.m. PT kickoff.
Match: Seattle Reign FC vs. Portland Thorns FC
Date: July 27, 2015
Venue: Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium (Seattle, Wash.)
Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. PT
Goals by Half 1 2 F
SEA 1 2 3
PTFC 0 0 0
SEA — Fishlock, 38′ (Little)
SEA — Yanez, 46′ (Little)
SEA — Yanez, 50′ (Rapinoe)
PTFC — Johnson, 82′ (Caution)
PTFC — Ayo, 89′ (Caution)
Lineups & Stats
SEA: GK Haley Kopmeyer, D Kendall Fletcher, D Rachel Corsie, D Lauren Barnes, D Stephanie Cox, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Merritt Mathias (Katrine Veje, 59′), F Beverly Yanez (Amber Brooks, 82′), F Megan Rapinoe (Danielle Foxhoven, 71′)
Substitutes not used: Caroline Stanley, Mariah Bullock, Kiersten Dallstream, Elli Reed
PTFC: GK Nadine Angerer, D Rachel Van Hollebeke (Kaylyn Kyle, 65′), D Kat Williamson, D Emily Menges, D Steph Catley (Kendall Johnson, 44′), D Clare Polkinghorne, M McCall Zerboni, M Allie Long, M Sinead Farrelly (Mana Shim, 20′) (Ayo Anonma, 60′), M Tobin Heath, F Christine Sinclair
Substitutes not used: Michelle Betos, Jodie Taylor
Referee: Matthew Franz
Assistant Referee: Deleana Quan, Jeremy Riley
Fourth Official: Levi Rippy
Shots: SEA — 16 / PTFC — 5
Shots on goal: SEA — 9 / PTFC — 2
Saves: SEA — 2 / PTFC — 6
Corner kicks: SEA — 7 / PTFC — 3
Fouls: SEA — 13 / PTFC — 9
Offside: SEA — 2 / PTFC — 6