It a big night for Reign FC on Sunday, particularly with FOX Soccer in town for the first national broadcast of the NWSL season.
Starfire Stadium was sold out, too, with a season-high 3,855 fans.
Seattle didn’t disappoint, coming back from early deficit to beat the Washington Spirit, 2-1, to extend an unbeaten streak to six. Jessica McDonald, the younger sister of D.C. United’s Brandon McDonald, scored both goals after only recently being acquired off waivers.
Washington (1-9-5) scored first on an 11th-penalty kick by midfielder Diana Matheson. It was the league-leading fifth PK allowed by the Reign.
But the hosts bounced back through McDonald, who scored in the 30th and 33rd minutes to give Seattle (4-9-3) its fourth win in six games. Christine Nairn had the assist on the first goal; she’s had a goal or assist in five-straight games. Elli Reed provided the cross on the second for her second-straight game with a helper.
Australian international Emily Van Egmond, another recent acquisition, made her NWSL debut in the 80th minute for the Reign.
Seattle is still nine points out of a playoff position with six games to play. The team heads to FC Kansas City for a road game Saturday.
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REIGN FC 2, SPIRIT 1
WAS – Matheson, Diana (penalty) – 11’
SEA – McDonald, Jessica (Nairn, Christine) – 30’
SEA – McDonald, Jessica (Reed, Eli) – 33’Lineups:
SEA: 1-Solo Goalkeeper; 3-Barnes D; 25-Dallstream D; 6-Kyle D; 7-Reed D; 10-Fishlock M; 19-Nairn M (20-Van Egmond 80’); 11-Winters M; 23-Cuéllar F; 22 McDonald F (5- Bogus 69’); 15-Rapinoe F
Subs not used: 18-Betos Goalkeeper; 13 Ruiz; 14-Larsen; 21-Meier; 2-Zurrer; 9-Cox; 4- Deines
Head Coach: Laura Harvey
WAS: 1-Harris Goalkeeper; 3-Toulouse; 5-Chapman; 6-Lindsey; 8-Matheson; 11-Krieger (7-Worbis 61’); 13-Roberts (14-McCarty 56’); 16-Pohlers (20-King 78’); 19-Pressley; 22- Ochs; 23-Huster
Subs not used: 18-Jones Goalkeeper; 17-Taylor
Head Coach: Mark Parsons
SEA / WAS
Shots: 22 / 11
Shots on Goal: 6 / 6
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 7
Offside: 3 / 0
Referee: Katja Koroleva
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal
Assistant Referee 2: Ronald Lagraff
Fourth Official: Hason Perlewitz
Weather: 81 Degrees, Sunny