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Final
Tue, Aug 21

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UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium

Seattle

Attendance: 3,193

Reign clinch a playoff spot with 2-0 win over the Dash

Jodie Taylor scored twice in the win

Seattle Reign FC forward Jodie Taylor has nine goals so far in 2018. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)

Seattle Reign FC clinched a playoff spot with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dash on Tuesday night at UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington.

Reign forward Jodie Taylor scored two goals in three minutes to give Seattle the win. It’s Seattle’s record-tying 12th clean sheet of the season. The second-place Reign moved to 11-4-7 (40 points) with the win. The Dash are now 8-9-5 with 29 points — they are still in the playoff chase, but have just two games left to play.

It’s the first appearance in the NWSL playoffs for the Reign since 2015, after winning back-to-back NWSL Shields in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the Reign finished fifth, just missing the playoffs.

Now, they’re in second place and have a chance to host a home playoff game. The Reign join the 2018 NWSL Shield winners, the North Carolina Courage, as the only teams to have clinched a playoff spot so far.

Seattle Reign FC controlled possession in the match (56.2% to 43.8%) and outshot the Dash 16-13 and 8-3 in shots on goal.

The match was played amidst smoke in the Seattle area due to wildfires, the third straight game the Reign have had to play in such conditions. Once again, the NWSL added extra hydration breaks (at 15′, 30′, 60′ and 75′) and had oxygen tanks on the sidelines due to poor air quality.

The Reign scored both of their goals in the second half, but had chances in the first half. The first came when Jess Fishlock rocketed a shot off the post in the seventh minute.

At the end of the first half, after a foul was called on Amber Brooks for a challenge with Megan Rapinoe, the Reign forward had a free kick from about 30 yards out. Rapinoe struck it with her right foot, aiming for the top corner, but Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell pushed it out of bounds.

Campbell made six saves in the match, including stopping Fishlock’s deflected shot in the 53rd minute.

But eventually Taylor got the better of Campbell, with goals in the 58th and 61st minutes. Her first was a finish off a cross from Theresa Nielsen.

Her second, a looping shot on an assist from Rapinoe.

Taylor now has nine goals on the season, tied for fourth in the Golden Boot race.

The Dash nearly pulled a goal back in the 75th minute following a shot from Kealia Ohai. Reign goalkeeper Lydia Williams made the initial save, but defender Kristen McNabb nearly hit the rebound into her own net. The post came up with the save to keep the shutout going.

Williams made three saves in the match.

The Reign now have 12 clean sheets in 2018, tying the record set by the Courage last season. Like the Courage in 2017, this year’s Reign team has done it with work from two goalkeepers. Williams earned her 10th shutout of the season on Tuesday night and Michelle Betos has two this year as well. The Reign have allowed just 15 goals this season, best in the league.

The Reign played the match without midfielder Allie Long, who is out with a right knee sprain suffered last week. Rapinoe returned after missing last week’s game due to left hip soreness and played 70 minutes on the night.

This story will be updated.

Seattle Reign FC

1

Lydia Williams

Goalkeeper
7

Steph Catley

Defender
  86'
3

Lauren Barnes

Defender
4

Megan Oyster

Defender
  28'
8

Theresa Nielsen

Defender
12

Morgan Andrews

Midfielder
10

Jessica Fishlock

Midfielder
19

Kristen McNabb

Midfielder
15

Megan Rapinoe

Striker
  70'
14

Jodie Taylor

Striker
  58', 61'
22

Jasmyne Spencer

Striker
  82'

substitutes

11

Elizabeth Addo

Substitute
  82'
18

Michelle Betos

Substitute
16

Jaycie Johnson

Substitute
9

Nahomi Kawasumi

Substitute
  70'
24

Alyssa Kleiner

Substitute
13

Adriana Leon

Substitute
21

Christen Westphal

Substitute
  86'

manager

 

Vlatko Andonovski

Manager

Houston Dash

1

Jane Campbell

Goalkeeper
4

Allysha Chapman

Defender
  90 + 2'
22

Amber Brooks

Defender
  83'
5

Janine van Wyk

Defender
21

Taylor Comeau

Defender
9

Haley Hanson

Defensive Midfielder
10

Linda Motlhalo

Defensive Midfielder
7

Kealia Ohai

Attacking Midfielder
  78'
3

Rachel Daly

Attacking Midfielder
23

Sofia Huerta

Attacking Midfielder
12

Veronica Latsko

Striker

substitutes

20

Lindsay Agnew

Substitute
13

Savannah Jordan

Substitute
18

Kimberly Keever

Substitute
11

Thembi Kgatlana

Substitute
  78'
8

Clare Polkinghorne

Substitute
14

Nichelle Prince

Substitute
  90 + 2'
16

Sammy Jo Prudhomme

Substitute

manager

 

Vera Pauw

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Seattle Reign 2, Houston Dash 0.

90'+7'

END 2

Second Half ends, Seattle Reign 2, Houston Dash 0.

90'+5'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rachel Daly.

90'+4'

MISS

Attempt missed. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nichelle Prince with a cross.

90'+2'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Houston Dash. Nichelle Prince replaces Allysha Chapman.

90'+1'

CORNER

Corner, Seattle Reign. Conceded by Veronica Latsko.

88'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Morgan Andrews (Seattle Reign).

88'

FREE KICK WON

Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'

MISS

Attempt missed. Haley Hanson (Houston Dash) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Linda Motlhalo.

86'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Seattle Reign. Christen Westphal replaces Stephanie Catley.

83'

YELLOW CARD

Amber Brooks (Houston Dash) is shown the yellow card.

82'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Seattle Reign. Elizabeth Addo replaces Jasmyne Spencer.

82'

MISS

Attempt missed. Thembi Kgatlana (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rachel Daly.

81'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amber Brooks.

80'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kristen McNabb (Seattle Reign).

80'

FREE KICK WON

Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Houston Dash. Thembi Kgatlana replaces Kealia Ohai.

78'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Seattle Reign).

75'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

72'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jasmyne Spencer (Seattle Reign) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jodie Taylor.

71'

MISS

Attempt missed. Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Linda Motlhalo.

71'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign).

71'

FREE KICK WON

Janine van Wyk (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Seattle Reign. Nahomi Kawasumi replaces Megan Rapinoe.

69'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Morgan Andrews with a through ball.

68'

MISS

Attempt missed. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Rachel Daly with a cross.

67'

MISS

Attempt missed. Morgan Andrews (Seattle Reign) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephanie Catley with a cross.

66'

FREE KICK WON

Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amber Brooks (Houston Dash).

65'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Linda Motlhalo (Houston Dash) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Taylor Comeau.

65'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

64'

FREE KICK WON

Jasmyne Spencer (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash).

63'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Seattle Reign).

61'

GOAL

Goal! Seattle Reign 2, Houston Dash 0. Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe.

60'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe.

58'

GOAL

Goal! Seattle Reign 1, Houston Dash 0. Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Theresa Nielsen with a cross.

57'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign).

55'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Amber Brooks (Houston Dash) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sofia Huerta with a cross.

54'

CORNER

Corner, Houston Dash. Conceded by Megan Oyster.

53'

CORNER

Corner, Seattle Reign. Conceded by Jane Campbell.

53'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jessica Fishlock (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe.

51'

CORNER

Corner, Seattle Reign. Conceded by Janine van Wyk.

51'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Jessica Fishlock (Seattle Reign) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe with a cross.

51'

CORNER

Corner, Seattle Reign. Conceded by Jane Campbell.

51'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephanie Catley.

49'

MISS

Attempt missed. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Rachel Daly.

48'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Seattle Reign. Kristen McNabb tries a through ball, but Stephanie Catley is caught offside.

46'

FREE KICK WON

Jasmyne Spencer (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash).

START

Second Half begins Seattle Reign 0, Houston Dash 0.

45'+6'

END 1

First Half ends, Seattle Reign 0, Houston Dash 0.

45'+2'

MISS

Attempt missed. Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jodie Taylor.

45'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign).

45'

FREE KICK WON

Jane Campbell (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'

CORNER

Corner, Seattle Reign. Conceded by Jane Campbell.

45'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

44'

FREE KICK WON

Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amber Brooks (Houston Dash).

41'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Stephanie Catley (Seattle Reign).

41'

FREE KICK WON

Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39'

FREE KICK WON

Theresa Nielsen (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash).

32'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Seattle Reign).

30'

MISS

Attempt missed. Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Theresa Nielsen with a cross.

29'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28'

YELLOW CARD

Megan Oyster (Seattle Reign) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28'

START DELAY

Delay in match Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) because of an injury.

27'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Megan Oyster (Seattle Reign).

27'

FREE KICK WON

Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).

20'

FREE KICK WON

Janine van Wyk (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

16'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Seattle Reign).

15'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Theresa Nielsen (Seattle Reign).

15'

FREE KICK WON

Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Morgan Andrews (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe.

13'

FREE KICK WON

Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Janine van Wyk (Houston Dash).

12'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Sofia Huerta (Houston Dash) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Jasmyne Spencer (Seattle Reign).

11'

FREE KICK WON

Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9'

MISS

Attempt missed. Morgan Andrews (Seattle Reign) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

9'

CORNER

Corner, Seattle Reign. Conceded by Amber Brooks.

8'

CORNER

Corner, Seattle Reign. Conceded by Janine van Wyk.

7'

POST

Jessica Fishlock (Seattle Reign) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe.

5'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Stephanie Catley (Seattle Reign).

3'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jessica Fishlock.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

SEA
KO HT FT 90+
70
Kawasumi 9
Rapinoe 15
78
Kgatlana 11
Ohai 7
82
Addo 11
Spencer 22
86
Westphal 21
Catley 7
90 +2
Prince 14
Chapman 2
58
goal

Jodie Taylor 14

Assisted by: Theresa Nielsen 8

61
goal

Jodie Taylor 14

Assisted by: Megan Rapinoe 15

28
yellow card

Megan Oyster 4

83
yellow card

Amber Brooks 22

HOU

Goals & Assists

58′ Seattle Reign FC
Jodie Taylor
Assisted by: Theresa Nielsen
61′ Seattle Reign FC
Jodie Taylor
Assisted by: Megan Rapinoe

Disciplinary

28′ Seattle Reign FC
Megan Oyster
83′ Houston Dash
Amber Brooks

Substitutions

70′ Seattle Reign FC
  Nahomi Kawasumi
  Megan Rapinoe
78′ Houston Dash
  Thembi Kgatlana
  Kealia Ohai
82′ Seattle Reign FC
  Elizabeth Addo
  Jasmyne Spencer
86′ Seattle Reign FC
  Christen Westphal
  Steph Catley
90 + 2′ Houston Dash
  Nichelle Prince
  Allysha Chapman


SEA

Match Statistics


HOU

16
Shots
13
8
Shots On Goal
3
2
Shots Blocked
4
7
Corners
1
19
Crosses
12
1
Offsides
0
11
Fouls
6
1
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
514
Total Passes
395
76.1%
Passing Accuracy
64.3%
56.7%
Possession
43.3%
54
Duels Won
54
14
Tackles Won
15
3
Saves
6
22
Clearances
19

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
7 D Steph Catley 86 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 0
3 D Lauren Barnes 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Megan Oyster 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8 D Theresa Nielsen 90 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
12 M Morgan Andrews 90 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0
10 M Jessica Fishlock 90 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
19 M Kristen McNabb 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 F Megan Rapinoe 70 0 1 3 2 3 0 1 3
14 F Jodie Taylor 90 2 0 6 4 0 0 3 0
22 F Jasmyne Spencer 82 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
11 S Elizabeth Addo 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 S Michelle Betos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 S Jaycie Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 S Nahomi Kawasumi 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 S Alyssa Kleiner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 S Adriana Leon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 S Christen Westphal 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Lydia Williams 90 0 13 3 0 0 0 0
4 D Allysha Chapman 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
22 D Amber Brooks 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
5 D Janine van Wyk 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
21 D Taylor Comeau 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 DM Haley Hanson 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 DM Linda Motlhalo 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 AM Kealia Ohai 78 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
3 AM Rachel Daly 90 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
23 AM Sofia Huerta 90 0 0 6 2 1 0 0 3
12 F Veronica Latsko 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 S Lindsay Agnew 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 S Savannah Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 S Kimberly Keever 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 S Thembi Kgatlana 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
8 S Clare Polkinghorne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 S Nichelle Prince 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 S Sammy Jo Prudhomme 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
1 G Jane Campbell 90 2 16 6 0 0 0 1

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