Recap: Seattle Reign FC Beat Chicago Red Stars 3-1, Remain Unbeaten

courtesy nwslsoccer.com

courtesy nwslsoccer.com

If front of a franchise record crowd of 4,222 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, the Seattle Reign FC remain unbeaten following its 3-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday night.

Kim Little, who has scored in six straight game, converted two penalties and helped the Reign to extend their unbeaten streak to a league record eleven games.

After a scoreless first half that saw the two teams combine for eight shots on goal, the Red Stars drew first blood in the 63rd minute after former Reign FC midfielder Emily van Egmond headed one past goalkeeper Hope Solo after a failed clearance. Despite giving up the first goal for the fourth straight game, Seattle would even the score just three minutes later, with Kim Little converting her first penalty kick of the night for the equalizer after forward Beverly Goebel was tackled in the box.

The tie would only last four minutes after forward Sydney Leroux sent a strike from outside the box that appeared to deflect of the defender, past a leaping Karina LeBlanc, and just under the crossbar, for her second goal of the year. Eight minutes later Little put the game out of reach when she converted her second penalty of the match. Seattle was awarded the penalty after Leroux was leveled in the box by a Chicago defender.

Midfielder Jessica Fishlock nearly extended the lead in the 90th minutes when she tried to chip the goal keeper from just outside the 18 yard box but she sent the ball just over the crossbar.

US Women’s National Team keeper Hope Solo made four saves and has now passed LeBlanc for the best goals against average in the NWSL at 0.818. With the victory Seattle now sit eight points clear of second place FC Kansas City in the standings.

Seattle now heads back on the road for a two-game trip. It starts with a match against the Boston Breakers on Thursday at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. That match is scheduled for kickoff off at 4:00 pm EDT and can be seen on NWSL’s YouTube page.

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.

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