The wait is finally over.
Reign FC won its first NWSL game Wednesday, beating the Boston Breakers, 2-1, on the road. Christine Nairn scored the winner in the 86th minute for Seattle (1-9-2) on an assist from forward Liz Bogus.
“We feel that we’ve got something special in Seattle, and we’ve been waiting to show people what that is,” coach Laura Harvey told EqualizerSoccer.com. “Hopefully now we can keep up from tonight and show exactly who we are.”
Jess Fishlock had tied the game in the 78th minute, canceling out an opener by Boston’s Mariah Nogueira in the 51st minute.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo made six saves for the Reign, who had fewer shots (18-24) and corner kicks (1-9) than the hosts. Seattle had earned a 1-1 road tie at Western New York in its previous game, coinciding with the debut of U.S. national team star Megan Rapinoe.
The Breakers (3-5-3) are winless in their last five, including four losses.
The Reign returns to action Saturday at home against the Chicago Red Stars, a 8 p.m. game at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila that is setting up to be Rapinoe’s home debut.
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REIGN FC 2, BOSTON BREAKERS 1
Boston Breakers – 1
Seattle Reign FC – 2
Seattle Reign FC – Lauren Barnes, Liz Bogus, Jessica Fishlock, Kaylyn Kyle, Kristen Meier, Christine Nairn (Lindsay Taylor 90+), Teresa Noyola, Megan Rapinoe (Kristina Larsen 87’), Elli Reed, Hope Solo, Keelin Winters
Substitutes Not Used: Michelle Betos, Kate Deines, Haley Kopmeyer, Jenny Ruiz, Emily Zurrer
TOTAL SHOTS: 18; FOULS: 6; OFFSIDE: 8; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 8.
Boston Breakers – Maddy Evans (Joanna Lohman 66’), Kate Howarth, Julie King, Monique LaMotte, Jennifer LaPonte, Sydney Leroux, Kia McNeill, Alyssa Naeher, Mariah Nogueira, Heather O’Reilly, Kate Russell, Kathryn Schoepfer (Lianne Sanderson 64’), Kyah Simon, Catherine Whitehill, Rhian Wilkinson (Adriana Leon 87’)
Substitutes Not Used: Jo Dragotta, Shawna Gordon, Anisa Guajardo, Ashley Phillips, Cecilia Santiago
TOTAL SHOTS: 24; FOULS: 7; OFFSIDE: 5; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 7.
Referee: John McCloskey
Referee’s Assistants: Albert Calise and Mark Allatin
4th Official: Bruno Mozzo
Time of Game: 7:00 PM ET
Weather: 85 degrees isolated t-storms