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OCT 27
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Rapinoe’s 5th goal of the year lifts Reign to win over Sky Blue FC
The Reign moved into second place in the NWSL
Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe has five goals on the season. (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/isiphotos.com)
Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe has five goals on the season. (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/isiphotos.com)

Megan Rapinoe scored her fifth goal of the season as Seattle Reign FC beat Sky Blue FC 1-0 on Saturday night. The fifth win of the season for the Reign came in front of a crowd of 2,814 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Sky Blue FC dropped to 0-7-1 (1 point) and are still looking for their first win of the season. The Reign improved to 5-2-2 (17 points) and jumped back into the No. 2 spot in the NWSL standings.

Rapinoe’s goal came in the 64th minute. Christen Westphal sent a cross towards the penalty spot and Rapinoe was open to tap it with her right foot for the goal. It’s her fifth goal of the season, second only to Christine Sinclair‘s six for the league-lead.

The Reign nearly doubled the lead in the 80th minute, but Sky Blue FC’s defense came up big. First, goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan saved Rapinoe’s shot, and then defender Rebekah Stott made a goal line clearance in front of an onrushing Jasmyne Spencer to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

Both teams came into the game after midweek losses and on a stretch of three games in eight days. Sky Blue FC held a slight edge in possession over the Reign (51.8% to 48.2%) and in total shots (10-9). The Reign tallied more shots on target, however (6-4).

Reign defender Steph Catley missed the game with a left ankle contusion.

Sky Blue FC are now winless through their first eight games of the season, second to the 2013 Reign who went winless through their first 11. They’ll try again for their first win on Saturday, June 2, at home vs. Utah Royals FC. The Reign will host the Orlando Pride on Sunday, June 3.

 

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