In the club’s first-ever shutout, the Seattle Reign defeated the Boston Breakers at home thanks to goals from Kim Little and Megan Rapinoe.
Scottish international Little, who previously under Reign head coach Laura Harvey for the Arsenal Ladies of the English FA WSL, was brought to the club during Harvey’s busy off-season.
Both teams showed fight during the early stages of the match and in the 29th minute , Boston midfielder Joanna Lohman found herself on the end of a cross by teammate Heather O’Reilly.
Firing the ball off the crossbar, Lohman’s shot appeared mere inches from breaking deadlock, with many Breakers claiming the ball did, in fact, cross the line, but the referee waived the shot off.
Three minutes after halftime, with the score still tied at zero, Boston’s Courtney Jones was called for a handball in the box, giving the home team a penalty kick.
Little stepped up for the kick and blasted her shot past Alyssa Naeher, who single-handedly denied the Reign from scoring in the first half.
Five minutes after opening up the scoring, Little completed a brace—slotting the ball right under a jumping Naeher’s feet.
With the Reign dominating the rest of the match, midfielder Megan Rapinoe stuck in the dagger in the 88thminute after splitting two Boston defenders and rounding Naeher to put the Reign up by three in the team’s first clean sheet.
Woman of the Match: Oftentimes, it can be difficult for players to become accustomed to playing in different leagues abroad. That wasn’t the case for Seattle’s Kim Little, who scored not one, but two goals in her NWSL debut. The Scottish international not only scored a perfect penalty kick and a goal that made Naeher look silly, she also showed great promise in linking up with her teammates.
SRFC – Little (1) – 49′ (PK)
SRFC – Little (2) – 54′
SRFC – Rapinoe (1) – 88′
Reign: Hope Solo, Kendall Fletcher, Lauren Barnes, Stephanie Cox, Elli Reed, Keelin Winters, Jessica Fishlock, Kim Little (Kate Deines 85), Beverly Goebel (Naho Kawasumi 67), Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux
Breakers: Alyssa Naeher, Julie King, Courtney Jones, Catherine Whitehill, Jazmyne Avant, Kaylyn Kyle, Joanna Lohman (Bianca D’Agostino 72), Lianne Sanderson, Kathryn Schoepfer (Maddy Evans 63), Mollie Pathman (Lisa De Vanna 57), Heather O’Reilly