Reign FC open 2016 pre-season with 2-0 win in Portland

reignfc-croppedSEATTLE, WA–– (club release) Seattle Reign FC tallied their first preseason win of 2016 with 2-0 triumph over Portland Thorns FC on Sunday in front of a crowd of 5,133 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. Tonight’s match was the first of three in a seven-day span, as Reign FC participates in a preseason tournament that also features the Houston Dash and Oregon State University.

Portland nearly got on the board during the 26th minute when a header from Christine Sinclair bounced off the crossbar, and was subsequently cleared by Jessica Fishlock. The teams went into halftime knotted up at 0-0.

Defender Carson Pickett, who was selected with the 4th pick in the 2016 college draft, made her Reign FC debut immediately after halftime, coming in for Kendall Fletcher. Barnes shifted to center back while Pickett was stationed on the left.

Midfielder Havana Solaun put Reign FC on the board in the 75th minute with a goal on her second touch after subbing in for forward Manon Melis. Jess Fishlock, who would also factor on Seattle’s second goal of the match, crossed the ball from the left flank to midfielder Kim Little, who found Solaun in the box for a two-touch finish past Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos. Two minutes later, midfielder Fishlock added some insurance with a header past Betos on a corner from Lauren Barnes.

Goalkeeper Hope solo recorded one save and a clean sheet.

Portland kept the pressure on after Fishlock’s goal, mounting intense pressure against Reign FC’s defense to try and answer Seattle’s 2-0 lead. Forward Dani Foxhoven was fouled by Tobin Heath in the 87th minute resulting in a free kick opportunity for Portland.

The first preseason match of the year saw new faces on the field for Reign FC, including training camp invitee Lindsey Elston, who came in for captain Keelin Winters at the 62th minute. In total, 17 players took the pitch for Reign FC.

Reign FC continues the pre-season tournament versus the Houston Dash on Wednesday, March 30 at 5 p.m. at Providence Park and will wrap up their week in Portland against Oregon State University on Saturday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Match Report

Match: Seattle Reign FC v. Portland Thorns FC
Date: March 27, 2016
Venue: Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT
Attendance: 5,133

Goals by Half 0 2
SEA 0 2
POR 0 0

Scoring Summary

SEA – 75’ Solaun
SEA – 77’ Fishlock

Misconduct Summary

SEA – Caution – Merritt Mathias
POR – Caution – Lindsey Horan
POR – Caution – Nadia Nadim

Lineups & Stats

SEA: GK Hope Solo, D Rachel Corsie, D Kendall Fletcher (46’ Carson Pickett**), D Lauren Barnes, D Elli Reed (78’ Michelle Cruz), M Keelin Winters (63’ Lindsey Elston*), M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Beverly Yanez (79’ Dani Foxhoven*), F Manon Melis (72’ Havana Solaun), and F Merritt Mathias (63’ Kiersten Dallstream).

Substitutes Not Used: GK Kopmeyer, GK Tostanoski*, D Nielsen**, M Bennett*

* – indicates non-roster invitee ** – indicates 2016 college draft pick

POR: GK Michelle Betos, D Kat Williamson (Reynolds, 46’), D Emily Menges, D Emily Sonnett, D Meghan Klingenberg, M Allie Long, M Lindsey Horan, M Tobin Heath, M Dagny Brynjarsdottir (Boureille*, 79’), F Nadia Nadim, and F Christine Sinclair (Pratt*, 63’).

Substitutes Not Used: GK Franch, D Berryhill**, M Zadrazil*

* – indicates non-roster invitee ** – indicates 2016 college draft pick

About Seattle Reign FC:

Seattle Reign FC is one of ten teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is the premier women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and around the world. Seattle Reign FC train and host home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the Space Needle on the Seattle Center campus. For more information on the club visit ReignFC.com or call 855-REIGNFC.

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