Jessica McDonald scored in her Seattle Reign debut to give the Reign the lead but Sydney Leroux notched her team-leading eighth goal of the season to help the Breakers earn a point on the road. The match was the fourth in 10 days for Seattle who went 2-0-2 in that stretch.
Christine Nairn was able to get free on the right flank and cut the ball back onto her left foot. Her cross skipped through the box and through several Breakers defenders before bouncing to the far post. McDonald took one touch before burying her shot past Alyssa Naeher in the 54th minute.
The Breakers would get the equalizer less than ten minutes later. Lianne Sanderson played Heather O’Reilly on the left flank. O’Reilly timed her run perfectly to get behind the Reign backline and the United States midfielder got to the end line before slotting a cross back into the goal mouth. The ball deflected off of Kaylyn Kyle and fell to Leroux who was able to tap it past Hope Solo.
Seattle would continue to attack right after conceding the tying tally. Renae Cuellar made her Reign debut in the 65th minute and immediately went for goal. Her shot was from a tough angle and was blocked by Naeher to keep the game tied.
Boston had a chance to take the lead just before halftime when Heather O’Reilly played a cross into the box three minutes before the break. Joanna Lohman got her head on it but Solo was able to punch it up off the crossbar and over the net.
The Reign had another opportunity to break the deadlock in the 70th minute when McDonald was played in behind the Boston backline. Naeher was able to get a hand on the shot to push it wide and preserve the draw.
Seattle improves to 2-9-3 (9 points) but will remain in seventh place. They will next be in action when they take on the Western New York Flash on July 11 at 10:30pm E.T./7:30pm P.T.
The Breakers (4-5-4, 16 points) continue their west coast road trip when they visit JELD-WEN field to take on the Portland Thorns on July 6. Kickoff is set for 10:30pm E.T./7:30pm P.T.
- Seattle attack: It looked more dangerous with the likes of Megan Rapinoe and Kennya Cordner on Wednesday night. Adding Renae Cuellar and Jessica McDonald puts a lot of speed up front that will stretch defenses and create opportunities for the Reign.
- Sydney Leroux: She is now tied with Lauren Cheney for the league lead in goals scored. The Breakers have had success when she scores having not lost a match when Leroux finds the back of the net. She has had some consistency issues going on a tear then going cold before national team commitments and then being back on fire. She will be key in helping the Breakers make a run at a playoff spot.
- Keeping the streaks alive: Boston is unbeaten in their last two, Seattle in their last four. Both teams are making a push for the playoffs. Western New York is currently sitting in fourth place with 22 points. Boston is currently in fifth and Seattle in seventh.
SEA – Jessica McDonald (Christine Nairn) – 53’
BOS – Sydney Leroux(Heather O’Reilly) – 62’
SEATTLE: Hope Solo, Lauren Barnes, Kiersten Dallstream D, Kaylyn Kyle D, Elli Reed (Renae Cuéllar 65’), Jessica Fishlock, Kate Deines, Keelin Winters, Christine Nairn, Jessica McDonald (Kennya Cordner 78’), Megan Rapinoe
Subs not used: Michelle Betos, Jenny Ruiz,Kristina Larsen, Kristen Meier, Emily Zurrer, Liz Bogus, Stephanie Cox
BOSTON: Alyssa Naeher, Cat Whitehill (Carmelina Moscato 87’); Jazmyne Avant; Holly King; Heather O’Reilly; Lianne Sanderson; Joanna Lohman; Katie Schoepfer (Maddy Evans 59’); Mariah Nogueria (Jo Dragotta 79’), Sydney Leroux
Subs not used: Ashley Philliphs, Rhian Wilkinson