Seattle Reign storm past Washington Spirit with 6-2 victory

The Equalizer Staff May 13, 2017 6

The Seattle Reign had an explosion of goals against the Washington Spirit, defeating them 6-2 at home on Saturday afternoon. Megan Rapine scored a pair of goals while Christine Nairn scored the opener and Beverly Yanez, Naomi Kawasumi, and Lindsay Elston added one goal each.

The first goal came in the 20th minute as Kawasumi had a nifty turn in the box and would seemingly attempt to score. Instead, she played the ball back to Nairn who unleashed a shot that went off the left post and in.

Yanez doubled the lead in the 35th minute as she finished a cross by Kawasumi.

The Spirit cut the lead in half in the 59th minute when a Cheyna Williams cross went off the forearm of Rachel Corsie, and earned them a penalty kick. Havana Solaun converted the penalty kick to get the Spirit back in the game.

However, it was not long before Seattle took it back. Rapine connected with Kawasumi in the 68th minute for a 3-1 lead, and then the floodgates opened.

Less than three minutes later a three-goal explosion in eight minutes began. Kawasumi assisted Rapinoe’s first goal of the day in the 71st minute. Then five minutes later, Rapinoe found the back of the next once again. Three minutes after that, Elston made it 6-1.

The final goal came in the 88th minute when Kristie Mewis got on the end of a Whitney Church free kick, ending that game at 6-2.

The Reign will remain at home for their next contest. They will take on the visiting Orlando Pride on Sunday, May 21, at 3:30 p.m. PT. The game will stream live on

The Spirit will return home to host FC Kansas City on Saturday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. ET. This match will also stream on

  • ted norberto

    HA! Come Sept 30th it’s gonna be Reighning RED, WHITE & PUGH!!! The Spirit ship got new cannons on her belly. Bring it on Harvey!

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  • guest

    The “journalists” at the EQ missed the most important fact about Seattle’s first goal: the ball gifted by Kallman to the Reign deep in their own end. So far Kallman’s seen KC, Boston, and Washington. Where will her next stop be?

  • Bobby

    So many things about this contest. The ‘Spirit Coaching Staff” needs to be reprimanded for their involvement in this farce! A 3 back in the NWSL c’mon really? If you’re going to stick with a 3 back, 2 things: your going to lose a lot of games and you’re going to lose your job! Memo to the Coaching Staff, your 3 backs aren’t fast enough to cover the space you want to cover. Your backs are giving the opponents way to much room…..Mark somebody……go stand next to them……pressure them!
    Gee’z do you even watch film? Obviously not! 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 4-5-1.
    Your forward and outside back were killing you today and you didn’t sub them until 15 minutes into the second half….why? You started the wrong players!!!!
    When you finally scored and made it 2-1 why didn’t you go to a 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1? C’mon it’s not that hard to see! Lastly, the Reign is not that good and your not that bad but I have to say the Coaching Staff CHOKED today! Good Luck next week with the 3 back! YEEEEA

    • mockmook

      Depending on how you play it, the 3 backs can end up covering less ground — for instance, you can have the Wing Backs dropping in to the back when defending.

      And, BTW, the Reign used 3 in the back.

    • mockmook

      I finally got around to watching a bit of that game.

      One thing I’m sure of, Washington did not use 3 in the back to start the game (perhaps they changed after falling way behind). I don’t think Seattle was using 3 in the back either.

      I sure wish the league, teams, media and COMMENTERS would actually watch what is going on on the field before declaring what formations were used.