Saturday, 7 p.m. ET | Jordan Field | Boston
Fishlock and the Reign enjoyed their biggest victory since Opening Day 2015 with a 5-1 thumping of the Houston Dash in Week 2 as the Wales international was one of five different Seattle players to score and earned herself NWSL Player of the Week honors for the third time in her career.
Megan Rapinoe found the back of the net for the second time this year, rookies Kristen McNabb and Katie Johnson both scored the first goals of their professional careers and veteran Beverly Yanez also had a goal as the Reign scored five goals in a game for the fourth time in their history.
The victory for Seattle was their eighth in as many games against the Dash and the Reign will be looking to maintain a similar record against Boston – having never lost to the Breakers.
Coach Laura Harvey’s side is 9-0-1 all-time against their opponents Saturday night – including 5-0-0 on the road against Boston, outscoring the Breakers 12-4 in those games. Overall, the Reign have won eight straight against Boston dating back to a 1-1 draw in July 2013 – the only time the New England club has taken anything from a game against their visitors.
Christine Nairn notched her first assist in just her second game back with Seattle since returning to the club that drafted her in 2013 following three years with the Washington Spirit. After the offseason departures of former Reign midfielder Kim Little and FC Kansas City midfielder Heather O’Reilly, Nairn now sits as the league’s active assist leader with 16 helpers (including playoffs).
At the other end of the spectrum – but undoubtedly with an eye on the league leaderboard – sits Lavelle, who recorded her first NWSL assist to help the Breakers earn their first win of the season in a 1-0 victory over Sky Blue in Week 2.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College draft set up forward Natasha Dowie for a 37th-minute goal as coach Matt Beard’s team snapped a six-game winless run dating back to last season. The tally for Dowie was her first of the season and comes on the heels of a successful offseason loan that saw her score nine times for Melbourne Victory in Australia.
Dowie, Lavelle and co. now turn their attention toward securing back-to-back wins for just the fourth time in club history as Boston looks to break their duck against the Reign.
To do so, the Breakers will need a strong performance from their newly formed backline of Julie King, Megan Oyster, Christen Westphal and Allysha Chapman as well as goalkeeper Abby Smith, who made four saves to earn the shutout against Sky Blue in Week 2.
In particular, King and Oyster seem to be forming a strong connection on the right side of defense as the pair both had a team high 61 touches in the victory over the Jersey girls – with King also registering a game-best four tackles.
|All-time||10||0||9||1||8||24||+ 16 SRFC|
|At BOS||5||0||5||0||4||12||+ 8 SRFC|
|2016||2||0||2||0||0||5||+ 5 SRFC|