Missing goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Sydney Leroux and defender Stephanie Cox for the USA’s friendly against France coupled with leading-scorer Kim Little away for Scotland (scored a goal in the team’s 2-0 win over Northern Ireland) and Jessica Fishlock with Wales, Seattle turned to the bench to fill in key roles.
The league leaders struck first in the opening minutes after a Breakers defensive breakdown. After defending a cross from Nahomi Kawasumi, the Breakers were pressured by Mariah Nogueira which put the ball at the feet of defender Cat Whitehill. A poor turn gave the ball to Beverly Goebel who placed the ball in the goal for her second of the season in the second minute of play.
After Boston nearly converted a free kick from 25-yards out by Courtney Jones, the Reign were able to find the back of the net again. On Seattle’s fifth corner kick of the match, Kawasumi connected with a Keelin Winters header in the 25th minute to double the score.
With the two goal lead at the half, Seattle played the final half safer and controlled possession and the clock. This strategy provided Boston countless chances but the home team couldn’t get past goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer who played in the absence of Solo. Playing in her second game in two season with the Reign, Kopmeyer came up with a huge save in the 74th minute to keep the shutout. Mollie Pathman found herself open 17-yards away from goal and went for the net but Kopmeyer came up with a diving save.
The shutout is Seattle’s fifth of the season and Kopmeyer’s first of her professional career.
Both teams return to action Sunday. Seattle concludes its two-game road trip against Western New York while the Breakers play at Sky Blue. The game begins a seven-game stint away from Harvard Stadium that will keep Boston away from home until August 3.
SEA- Beverly Goebel (2) 2′
SEA- Kellin Winters (3) 25′
SEA– Haley Kopmeyer, Elli Reed, Kim Fletcher, Kate Deines, Lauren Barnes, Mariah Nogueira, Danielle Foxhoven (Carmelina Moscato, 78), Keelin Winters, Nahomi Kawasumi, Beverly Goebel, Kiersten Dallstream (Megan Brigman, 86)
BOS- Alyssa Naeher, Courtney Jones, Cat Whitehill, Jazmyne Avant, Jazmine Reeves, Julie King, Joanna Lohman, Maddy Evans (Ashley Grove 78), Katie Schoepfer (Nikki Washington, 54), Mollie Pathman, Nkem Ezurike (Kim DeCesare, 80).