Per Reign FC Media Department
A Jess Fishlock goal in the 77th minute earned Reign FC a point at home in a 1-1 draw against the Washington Spirit on Saturday night. The draw extended Reign FC’s unbeaten streak to five matches.
“It was an interesting game,” Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “I was very happy with the performance of the players. I thought once again that we were the better opponent and we created enough opportunities to score more than one. But it seems like that has been one of the problems this season. We create a lot of opportunities but we don’t capitalize on all of them.”
Andi Sullivan put the Spirit on the board in the 62nd minute, taking on three defenders before firing a low shot under Reign FC keeper Casey Murphy from a wide angle to record her first NWSL goal.
15 minutes later, Reign FC found the equalizer. Fishlock pounced on a loose ball that Washington was trying to clear from the penalty area and rifled a left-footed shot past Aubrey Bledsoe to score her first goal of the season.
Fishlock earned Player of the Match honors. The Welsh international took 11 shots—four on target—and made eight recoveries in 90 minutes.
Despite holding only 51 percent of the possession, Reign FC outshot the visitors 24-10, including a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Spirit dug deep defensively, blocking seven shots and clearing the ball 26 times.
Reign FC plays its next four matches on the road, beginning with the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. PT.
Andonovski emphasized the importance of finishing for his young players as the season progresses.
“We created opportunities,” Andonovski said. “We didn’t finish them, but that’s part of the game. This is a fairly young team, there are young three forwards that we have. Besides being young they’re young in the league too. I think they’re doing well and if we keep creating as much as we did, I think we’ll be just fine.”
Match: Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit
Date: June 15, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, Wash.
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy
Goals by half 1 2 Total
RFC 0 1 1
WAS 0 1 1
WAS – Andi Sullivan (Cali Farquharson) 62’
RFC – Jess Fishlock 77’
RFC – Tori Huster (caution) 55’
Lineups & Stats
RFC: GK Casey Murphy, D Steph Cox, D Lauren Barnes, D Megan Oyster, D Theresa Nielsen, M Morgan Andrews, M Jess Fishlock, M Bev Yanez, F Ifeoma Onumonu, F Bethany Balcer, F Maegan Kelly (Kiersten Dallstream 69’)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Kori Butterfield, D Christen Westphal, M Morgan Proffitt, M Erin Yenney, F Addison Steiner, F Jaycie Johnson, F Kiersten Dallstream
Head Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
Shots on goal: 9
Corner kicks: 6
WAS: GK Aubrey Bledsoe, D Megan Crosson (Crystal Thomas 84’), D Sam Staab, D Paige Nielsen, D Tori Huster, M Dorian Bailey, M Andi Sullivan, M Meggie Dougherty Howard, M Jordan DiBiasi (Carlin Hudson 66’), F Ashley Hatch, F Ari Ship (Cali Farquharson 58’)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Shae Yanez, D Tegan McGrady, D McKenzie Berryhill, M Bayley Feist
Head Coach: Richie Burke
Shots on goal: 4
Corner kicks: 3
About Reign FC
Reign FC is one of nine teams in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) – the world’s most competitive women’s professional soccer league. Reign FC features many of the top players from the United States, including U.S. Women’s National Team superstars Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long, as well as top players from around the world. Reign FC began its first campaign in the South Sound at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium in April of 2019. For more information on the club visitReignFC.com.