Reign keep hold of second place with 2-0 win over the Spirit
The Reign are now 9-4-6

Seattle Reign FC beat the Washington Spirit 2-0 at home on Sunday night. The win — combined with the rest of the Week 19 results — gives the Reign a bit of breathing room in second place. They are now 9-4-6 with 33 points, three points ahead of the third-place Orlando Pride.

For the Spirit, it’s their tenth straight game without a win, and sixth straight loss. The result drops them to 2-13-4 with 10 points on the season.

Reign forward Jasmyne Spencer scored the game’s first goal in the 44th minute, a chip in the box on an assist from Allie Long for her first goal in a Seattle uniform.

Spencer started in place of Beverly Yanez, who missed the match due to a foot fracture.

The Reign doubled their lead in the 71st minute on a quick throw-in from Megan Rapinoe to Jodie Taylor, who scored to make it 2-0. It’s Rapinoe’s second assist on a throw-in this season, both of which were on Taylor goals.

The Spirit did see the return of Mallory Pugh in the match — her first game since May 27th, after missing time due to a right PCL sprain. Washington was finally able to get Pugh on the field with Andi Sullivan and Rose Lavelle this season, as the trio all subbed on in the second half and played the final 21 minutes of the game together.

Reign goalkeeper Lydia Williams made two saves and earned her seventh shutout of the season. Her best effort came in the 80th minute, a stop in the box on a shot from Caprice Dydasco.

DiDi Haracic started in goal for the Spirit, the third different goalkeeper to start a game for Washington this season. She made four saves in the game.

The Spirit will next be in action on Wednesday night on the road vs. Utah Royals FC. The Reign will also play Utah in their next game, on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.




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