Breakers equalize on the road vs. Reign FC for 1-1 draw
Kawasumi and Leon exchanged goals in the first half; Abby Smith returned for Boston
Christen Westphal, Angela Salem, Adriana Leon celebrate Leon's goal in the first half for the Boston Breakers at Memorial Stadium. (Photo credit: Stephen Brashear for
Christen Westphal, Angela Salem, Adriana Leon celebrate Leon's goal in the first half for the Boston Breakers at Memorial Stadium. (Photo credit: Stephen Brashear for

Seattle Reign FC had to settle for a 1-1 draw versus the visiting Boston Breakers on Saturday night in front of 3,730 fans at Memorial Stadium. The two teams exchanged goals in the first half, and neither managed to find the winner despite nine shots for Seattle and six for Boston during the second half.

Before the match started, the Reign staff and players celebrated head coach and general manager Laura Harvey’s 100 games with the team.

Goalkeeper Abby Smith made her return for the Boston Breakers, and was called into action early at Memorial Stadium. In the 13th minute, she came up with a huge reaction save after Seattle midfielder Lindsay Elston caused a turnover in the box and snapped a quick shot from close range.

Smith couldn’t do much to stop the Reign from getting on the board in the 32nd minute, however. Smith miscleared a ball out of the box as Megan Rapinoe applied some high pressure, and it fell right to Reign forward Nahomi Kawasumi. She placed a right-footed shot into the top right corner that Smith simply could not reach for the Reign to go up 1-0.

The Breakers stormed back on the road, with forward Adriana Leon thumping home a cross from the right wing off the boot of defender Christen Westphal. It was Westphal’s first assist of her NWSL career, and Leon’s third goal of the season for Boston.

Smith’s first game back for the Breakers was even more eventful in the second half. In the 63rd minute, she came out to face off against Reign defender Merritt Mathias, and ended up needing to to leave the box to force the ball off Mathias and out of bounds for a Breakers throw-in. Ten minutes later, Smith again had to come up big, this time coming out to deny Kawasumi as she attempted to bag a brace.

The Reign held the edge in most of the game stats, including possession, passing and duels, but struggled to put together a go-ahead goal. The Breakers mostly held off Megan Rapinoe’s efforts, though she did end the night with four shots, including one on target and one blocked shot.

The Saturday night draw was Boston’s third draw of the season on the road, and their third point on the road this season. They still have yet to find an away win this season. While they might not have earned all three points Saturday night, Boston went 1-0-1 in the two-game series against Seattle this season. Head coach Matt Beard and his side should consider that a step forward. The Breakers have also extended their unbeaten streak to four games, which is their longest streak since 2013.

The Breakers stay on the road, and head to Houston next weekend. They’ll face the Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium, a team that hasn’t lost once in their last five matches — and will have forward Carli Lloyd back on the pitch.

The Reign stay put in Seattle and will host Sam Kerr and Sky Blue FC. Both teams have plenty on the line, with the New Jersey side looking to overtake Chicago in second place on the standings, and Seattle trying to push past their Cascadia rivals for the final playoff spot.

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