SEATTLE, WA—In their first match of the preseason, Seattle Reign FC came out on top with a 3-1 victory over the University of Washington. Reign FC improved their all-time record to 5-0-0 against the Huskies.
Reign FC started off the scoring in the 21st minute when Kiersten Dallstream netted her first preseason goal after she pressured the UW right back into a turnover deep in their own half. Seattle continued to apply a high press and controlled the match for the remainder of the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net again before the break.
The second half started off much more evenly matched, with the UW gaining some positive spells of possession. In the 50th minute, UW found themselves one-on-one with Reign FC goalkeeper Michelle Betos, but she was able to come up with a crucial save. The match began to open up, and in the 64th minute defender Lauren Barnes sent in a perfectly-placed cross that midfielder Morgan Andrews headed into the net for the second goal of the match. UW was able to equalize on a counter almost instantly, scoring their lone goal of the match in the 65th minute. Reign FC were able to put the game away in the 69th minute with their third and final goal of the match when Stephanie Verdoia collected the ball near the halfway line and made a brilliant run, trading multiple passes before having the ball returned at the top of the box, which set Verdoia up for a beautiful finish for the last goal of the match.
Reign FC were without 8 players who have yet to return from international duty, including USWNT forward Megan Rapinoe and Welsh international Jess Fishlock. This match provided Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski the perfect opportunity to showcase the depth of the squad that he constructed this past offseason. Reign FC veteran forwards Nahomi Kawasumi, Kiersten Dallstream and Bev Yanez, as well as defenders Lauren Barnes and Maddie Bauer all featured in tonight’s match. This was also the first chance for fans to see new additions to the Reign FC squad, including Megan Oyster, Morgan Andrews, and Christen Westphal – acquired from Boston in the dispersal draft – as well as forward Jasmyne Spencer, who was acquired in a trade with the Orlando Pride. In total, 11 new Reign FC players saw the pitch, including rookie defender Ally Haran and UW alumni Dominque Bond-Flasza.
“It was a great game overall. The University of Washington gave us a good challenge because they play a good brand of soccer,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “At times, we looked very good and we were able to execute well. At other times, we didn’t look as solid as I was hoping for. But, these preseason games are for seeing what areas we need to work on and to get better at the things we do well.”
Next week, Reign FC will head to Norco, CA for their second and final preseason match as they take on UCLA at the SilverLakes Sports Complex on Tuesday, March 13 at 8:00 p.m. PT.
Following their trip to California, Reign FC will return home to prepare for their home opener on March 24 against the Washington Spirit at 7:00 p.m. PT on the UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium. Tickets to the home opener are now available to purchase at http://www.reignfc.com/tickets or via phone at (855) REIGN-FC.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Seattle Reign FC vs University of Washington
Date: March 8, 2018
Venue: Husky Soccer Stadium
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. PT
Weather: Rain & Wind
SEA – 21’ Dallstream, 64’ Andrews (Barnes), 69’ Verdoia (Yanez).
UW – 65’ Smith
About Seattle Reign FC:
Seattle Reign FC is one of nine 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.