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No Hope: Reign FC falls to KC, loses 8th straight

Hope Solo_Seattle Reign vs. Portland Thorns
Hope Solo_Seattle Reign vs. Portland Thorns

Hope Solo's 62nd minute own goal was all Kansas City needed to hand Seattle an eighth straight loss. (Photo copyright Mike Russell | mikerussellfoto.com)

It summed up Seattle’s season pretty well, that six-minute stretch early in the second half. After their best sequence of the season was denied by the post and a goal line clearance, Seattle Reign FC conceded a 62nd minute goal to drop its eighth straight game, a 1-0 loss to FC Kansas City on Sunday night at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

Lauren Cheney’s through ball found Erika Tymrak, who shot from a tight angle to Hope Solo’s left and managed to sneak the ball into the net after an odd series of bounces. Tymrak’s shot bounced off Solo, then off the post and back off Solo and into the back of the net. The goal was originally called an own goal on Solo but changed on Monday to Tymrak’s goal.

“It was just poorly played on my part, that’s all,” Solo told Pitchside Report.

It was a cruel way for the league’s only remaining winless team to go down. Seattle looked like it could at least pick up a point against a tired FC Kansas City team playing its second game in four days. The Blues lost a wild 4-3 game to Portland Thorns FC on Thursday night.

Reign FC were denied the opener in the 56th minute after a wonderful combination down the left flank. First round draft pick Christine Nairn played a give-and-go with Jessica Fishlock and Nairn sent a hopeful left-footed cross into the box. The ball bounced around and Fishlock’s left-footed shot hit off the post. The rebound fell to captain Keelin Winters, but her shot was cleared off the line by FC Kansas City defender Becky Sauerbrunn.

Nairn and Fishlock also combined for Seattle’s best chance of the first half when Nairn played a deft through ball to the Welsh international in the 14th minute, but Fishlock’s shot went just wide.

FC Kansas City nearly opened the scoring just before halftime when Lauren Cheney chipped Solo, who was caught stranded, but Seattle defender Lauren Barnes hustled back and cleared the ball off the line with a scissor kick.

Seattle (0-8-1, 1 pt.) is five points back of the seventh place Washington Spirit and next opens up a three-game road trip at league co-leaders Portland, then at Western New York and Boston.

The win lifts FC Kansas City (4-3-1, 13 pts.) above the Boston Breakers, who lost 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars earlier in the day.

Lineups:

FCKC: 1-Barnhart Goalkeeper; 9-Matthias Right Back, 14-Sesselmann Center Back, 4-Sauerbrunn Center Back, 13-Robinson Left Back; 19-Mewis Midfielder, 6-Buczkowski Midfielder, 11-Scott Midfielder, 15-Tymrak Midfielder (Henderson 75’), 17-Farrelly Midfielder (Jones 63’), 12-Cheney Forward
Head Coach: Vlatko Andonovski

SEA: Barnes, Bogus (Deines 55’), Dallstream, Fishlock, Kyle, Meier, Nairn, Noyola, Solo, Taylor (Larsen 81’), Winters

Attendance: 1,377

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