Seattle forward Nahomi Kawasumi notched four assists, her team scored four goals in ten minutes and the Reign won 6-2 vs. the Washington Spirit at Memorial Stadium.
Kawasumi’s four assists are a new single game record in NWSL history. She also scored a goal, contributing on five of Seattle’s six goals in the game.
Through the first 68 minutes, the score was just 2-1 thanks to goals from Seattle’s Christine Nairn and Beverly Yanez, as well as a penalty kick from Washington’s Havana Solaun. But the Seattle offense exploded over a ten minute span in the second half with goals from Kawasumi, Lindsay Elston and two from Megan Rapinoe.
Nairn’s goal was her first since returning to Seattle, where she played in 2013.
Spirit midfielder Kristie Mewis added a goal for Washington in the 88th minute to make it 6-2.
With the result, Seattle improves to 2-1-2, while Washington falls to 1-3-1.
Before the game, the NWSL announced that U.S. women’s national team forward Mallory Pugh will be joining the Spirit. She is expected to make her NWSL debut in Washington’s next game, when the Spirit host FC Kansas City on Saturday, May 20 (7 p.m. ET, go90) at Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex.