Megan Rapinoe named Player of the Week

Rapinoe scored four goals in two games in Week 11

Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe now leads the NWSL with nine goals. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)

After scoring four goals in two games, Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe has been named Player of the Week for Week 11 by the NWSL Media Association.

Rapinoe was the only goal scorer for Seattle in the Reign’s two Week 11 wins, which moved the team into third place in the NWSL standings.

Her four goals also moved her into first place in the NWSL with nine goals, three clear of Sam Kerr and Marta, who are tied for second.

 

Her first brace came on June 28, in a comeback win for the Reign over the Chicago Red Stars. Rapinoe converted two penalty kicks as Seattle recovered from a 1-0 first half deficit to win 2-1. The game-tying penalty kick, a hard shot into the top left corner, came in the 58th minute follow a Red Stars handball in the box. She then converted the game-winner in the 84th minute, going to the right side of the goal, after being fouled in the box by Red Stars defender Casey Short. Both times, Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher dove the correct way, but could not stop Rapinoe’s kicks.

 

Her second brace came on Saturday night in the 15th all-time meeting between Seattle Reign FC and Portland Thorns FC. In the closing moments of first half stoppage time, Thorns midfielder Allie Long passed the ball back to defender Emily Sonnett. Rapinoe chased down the play and applied pressure to Sonnett, forcing a turnover in the box. Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch came out to try to clear the ball away, but Rapinoe’s sliding left-footed shot went past Franch to give the Reign a 1-0 lead.

 

Rapinoe’s second goal sealed the win in the 81st minute. Reign midfielder Christine Nairn sent a long ball that Rapinoe ran onto the end of inside the top left corner of the penalty area. With the ball still bouncing, Rapinoe hit a left-footed half volley low and to the far post to make it 2-0.

 

Rapinoe finished Week 11 with four goals, eight shots on goal and four chances created, according to Opta.

 

It’s the third time Rapinoe has won Player of the Week in her NWSL career and first since 2015. She is the fourth Seattle player to win the honor this season, joining Haley Kopmeyer, Jess Fishlock and Nahomi Kawasumi.

The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.