Reign FC suffered a 1-0 road loss Saturday to the Washington Spirit, a game broadcast nationally on FOX Soccer.
Seattle has lost three straight to fall to 5-13-3 on the season. The Spirit won its second in a row to improve to 3-14-4 after winning just one of its first 19 games.
Canadian international Diana Matheson scored the winner on an 82nd-minute breakaway, her eighth goal of the season to claim the three points for two teams that came in already eliminated from the playoffs.
The Reign had 14 shots and five corner-kicks but couldn’t score for the second consecutive game. Christine Nairn and Megan Rapinoe had late chances for an equalizer, but they couldn’t beat Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who had five saves.
Seattle returns home for the final game of the season, which will be against rival Portland at 8 p.m. Saturday at Starfire Stadium. Tickets “are extremely limited,” according to the team, but are available ReignFC.com.
Box score after the jump…
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WASHINGTON SPIRIT 1, REIGN FC 0
WAS — Diana Matheson 82′
SEA: 1-Solo Goalkeeper; 2-Zurrer D; 3-Barnes D; 5-Bogus F (23-Cuéllar 78’); 7-Reed D; 10-Fishlock M; 11-Winters M; 19-Nairn M; 22 McDonald F (6-Kyle 56’); 15-Rapinoe F; 25- Dallstream D
Subs not used: 4-Deines M; M; 9-Cox D; 13-Ruiz D; 14-Larsen; 18-Betos Goalkeeper; 20- Van Egmond M; 21-Meier D
Head Coach: Laura Harvey
WS: 1- Harris Goalkeeper; 4- Abegg X; 6- Lindsey M; 7- Worbis M (14- McCarthy 61’); 8- Matheson M; 11- Krieger M; 13- Roberts M; 15- Gayle D (20- King 70’); 16- Pohlers F (24- Spencer 78’); 22- Ochs F; 23- Huster M
Subs Not Used: 3- Toulouse D; 10- Miller F; 17- Taylor F; 18- Jones Goalkeeper; 19- Pressley F
Head Coach: Mark Parsons
SEA / WS
Shots: 14 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 6 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 2 / 1
Referee: Kari Seitz
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Jones
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Piercey
Fourth Official: Jon Mathew Richardson
Weather: 74 degrees