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NWSL: Seattle Reign FC Remain Unbeaten

Seattle Reign FC

courtesy of nwslsoccer.com

In front of 2,876 fans at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., The Seattle Reign FC earned a 3-1 victory over Sky Blue FC on Sunday evening to remain unbeaten with a record of 8-0-2 (win-loss-tie).

After missing the last four matches while with the Japanese national team for the AFC Women’s Asia Cup, Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi scored two goals to propel Seattle in the win, extending the team’s unbeaten streak to ten games.

Sky Blue FC got on the board first in the 42nd minute, on a goal by midfielder Katy Freels from beyond the box, set up by forward Nanase Kiryu. This was the third straight game that Seattle has given up the first goal of the match. However this did not stop Seattle from erupting for three second-half goals, the first coming in the 50th minute after forward Beverly Goebel beat her defender to find the feet of a wide open Kawasumi for the equalizer.

Just three minutes later, Scottish international Kim Little scored her league-leading ninth goal off a free kick to the far post to give Seattle the lead, after Goebel was fouled just outside the box. In the 74th minute, Kawasumi scored her second goal courtesy of a pass from Little that eluded Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, allowing Naho to simply dribble it over the goal line.

U.S. Women’s National Team keeper Hope Solo made seven saves, and is now tied for fifth in the NWSL with 32.

With the win Seattle remain at the top of the table with 26 points while Sky Blue FC sit in seventh place with 10 points.

Reign FC will return home to take on the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, June 7 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. with a live, high-definition webstream available at YouTube.com/NWSL.

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

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