The winless streak finally ended for the Seattle Reign as an 85th minute goal by Christine Nairn gave the Reign their first win in franchise history with a 2-1 victory in Boston on Wednesday night.
Liz Bogus took off down the left flank before cutting into the penalty box and sending a low cross that found Nairn streaking into the box. Nairn finished a left-footed shot from 8 yards out past Alyssa Naeher for the game-winner.
The Boston Breakers got themselves on the board just after halftime to break a scoreless draw. Kyah Simon took a shot from distance that Hope Solo was able to push out for a corner kick. On the resulting kick, Katie Schoepfer put a cross in that Sydney Leroux was able to get a head on it. Mariah Nogueira redirected the ball past Solo for her first tally of the season.
The Reign earned a free kick in the 78th minute and Megan Rapinoe put a ball in on goal that was bobbled by Alyssa Naeher and fell to the feet of Jessica Fishlock. Fishlock slotted the ball past Naeher to bring the Reign level.
The Breakers had two opportunities inside the first 25 minutes of the match to get the first goal. Heather O’Reilly put a right-footed rocket on goal but Solo dove to her left to push the ball away from goal for a corner kick in the 19th minute.
Four minutes later, Leroux got in behind the Reign backline to go 1-v-1 with United States National team teammate Solo who was able to clear it out of danger.
Leroux had second opportunity sail over the goal when she tried to slide home a Maddy Evans cross in the 29th minute.
Boston thought they had taken the lead just before halftime when a Leroux shot ended up in the back of the net but the goal was called back after a delayed offsides call eight minutes before halftime.
O’Reilly had a brilliant opportunity just minutes into the second half when she chipped the ball over Solo to herself in the 47th minute. Solo recovered enough to make a sprawling stop to push the ball off the post.
The Breakers had the chance to double their lead in the 73rd minute when second half substitute Joanna Lohman deflected a shot by Simon past Solo. The tally was waved off following an offsides call.
With the win, Seattle remains at the bottom of the table at 1-9-2 (5 points) but is just one point behind the Washington Spirit. They return to action on June 29 when they host the Chicago Red Stars. It will be the home opener for Megan Rapinoe and Kennya Cordner.
The loss keeps Boston in a tie for fifth place at 3-5-3 (12 points). The Breakers will return to action on June 30 when they host Sky Blue FC in the third match between the two clubs this season.
- Lineup Shuffling: There were a couple of major lineup changes for this weekend’s match as both Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson were missing from the lineup for the Breakers. Both saw action from the bench after missing practice due to personal reasons. Newcomer Kennya Cordner was a late scratch from the match due to injury. She took a knock to the head against the Flash on June 23 but there was no indication that that was the injury that kept her from the lineup.
- First Win: Seattle FINALLY has gotten their first win of the season in their 12th match of the season. The additions of Rapinoe and Cordner to the lineup have helped tremendously for a Reign side that has struggled to score goals.
- Boston Struggles: The Breakers have gone winless since May 25 when they topped Washington 3-0. Since then, they have gone 0-4-1. As the season approaches its final six weeks of the regular season, the Breakers will have to find a way to get back on the winning track in order to challenge for a playoff spot.
Boston Breakers – 1
Seattle Reign FC – 2
Seattle Reign FC – Lauren Barnes, Liz Bogus, Jessica Fishlock, Kaylyn Kyle, Kristen Meier, Christine Nairn (Lindsay Taylor 90+), Teresa Noyola, Megan Rapinoe (Kristina Larsen 87’), Elli Reed, Hope Solo, Keelin Winters
Substitutes Not Used: Michelle Betos, Kate Deines, Haley Kopmeyer, Jenny Ruiz, Emily Zurrer
TOTAL SHOTS: 18; FOULS: 6; OFFSIDE: 8; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 8.
Boston Breakers – Maddy Evans (Joanna Lohman 66’), Kate Howarth, Julie King, Monique LaMotte, Jennifer LaPonte, Sydney Leroux, Kia McNeill, Alyssa Naeher, Mariah Nogueira, Heather O’Reilly, Kate Russell, Kathryn Schoepfer (Lianne Sanderson 64’), Kyah Simon, Catherine Whitehill, Rhian Wilkinson (Adriana Leon 87’)
Substitutes Not Used: Jo Dragotta, Shawna Gordon, Anisa Guajardo, Ashley Phillips, Cecilia Santiago
TOTAL SHOTS: 24; FOULS: 7; OFFSIDE: 5; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 7.