Megan Rapinoe scored a hat trick and marked an assist as the Seattle Reign rolled past the Western New York Flash, 5-1, Sunday night.
Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock opened the scoring in the 25th minute off a volley from a Megan Rapinoe cross. The Welsh international hit the volley off her first touch past Flash rookie goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo.
Reign midfielder Kim Little had a chance to increase the lead in the 37th minute when Flash defender Brittany Taylor was called for a foul on Reign midfielder Keelin Winters in the box. Instead, the 2014 Golden Boot winner put pace on the ball but sent it wide.
Beverly Yanez increased the lead in the 53rd minute when the Reign forward slid the ball to the far post, beating D’Angelo. Little created the assist after running the ball into space from the midfield line.
In the 56th minute D’Angelo made two point-blank slaves off shots from Little and Merritt Mathias. The Canadian goalkeeper had several impressive saves despite the score line.
Jordan Angeli cut the Reign lead in half in the 68th minute when she beat Hope Solo to the near post, scoring her first professional goal in four years.
The Flash’s comeback didn’t last long and in the 70th minute Rapinoe powered a header past D’Angelo off an assist from Mathias. Rapinoe responded again in the 74th minute, scoring off another header at the back post from Little’s assist. The U.S. midfielder rounded out her hat trick 12 minutes later when she found the back of the net after a give-and-go with Fishlock.
Next up: The Flash will travel to Portland to face the Thorns on April 18 at 7 p.m. ET. Seattle will head to the road and face the Chicago Red Stars at 8 p.m. ET on April 18.
Match: Seattle Reign FC vs. Western New York Flash
Date: April 12, 2015
Venue: Moda Health Pitch at Memorial Stadium
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: 57 degrees, partly sunny
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
SEA 1 4 1
WNY 0 1 5
SEA: Jessica Fishlock (Megan Rapinoe) 25
SEA: Beverly Yanez (Kim Little) 53
WNY: Jordan Angeli (Samantha Mewis) 68
SEA: Megan Rapinoe (Merritt Mathias) 71
SEA: Megan Rapinoe 74
SEA Megan Rapinoe (Fishlock) 86
SEA: Hope Solo, Kendall Fletcher, Lauren Barnes, Stephanie Cox, Elli Reed, Keelin Winters, Jessica Fishlock, Kim Little (Danielle Foxhoven, 77), Beverly Yanez (Kiersten Dallstream, 83), Megan Rapinoe, Merritt Mathias (Amber Brooks, 72)
Subs not used: Haley Kopmeyer, Rachel Corsie, Michelle Cruz, Mariah Nogueira
WNY: Sabrina D’Angelo, Whitney Engen, Abby Dahlkemper, Brittany Taylor, Jaelene Hinkle, Toni Pressley, Samantha Mewis, Becky Edwards, Sydney Leroux, Camilla Kur Larsen (Jordan Angeli, 46), Jasmyne Spencer (Lynn, Williams, 59)
Subs not used: Amanda Frisbie, Kristen Edmonds, Kristen Hamilton, Chantel Jones
Shots: Seattle 16 / 9
Shots on goal: Seattle 12 / 6
Saves: Western New York (D’Angelo) 7 / Seattle (Solo) 5
Corner kicks: Seattle 5 / 3
Fouls: Western New York 10 / 4
Offside: Seattle 3 / 1
WNY – Jordan Angeli (caution) 57
Referee: Christina Unkel
Assistant Referees: Deleana Quan, Joshua Haimes
Fourth Official: Chpalo Street