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Reign Defeat Spirit 2-0, stay alive in playoff race

The Seattle Reign defeated the Washington Spirit 2-0 to keep playoff hopes alive on Sunday night. With a little help from Portland, as the Thorns defeated the Western New York Flash, it will all come down to the final weekend of the regular season to determine who the fourth and final team to enter the playoffs will be.

Seattle’s goals were scored by Beverly Yanez and Keelin Winters, who has announced she will retire at the end of the 2016 season.

The first goal came in the 27th minute when Megan Rapine served in a low ball from the left side of the field across the top of the six-yard box where Yanez went in sliding to finish into an open net.

After the Spirit failed to clear a cross into the box, Winters quickly pounced on the loose ball to bury the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal in the 79th minute.

With the victory, and WNY Flash loss, the Reign remain alive in the hunt for the final playoff spot. A victory and WNY loss would get them in, but WNY only needs to tie against the Boston Breakers to make the playoffs.

The Spirit, already in the playoffs and a host, would clinch the Shield for winning the regular season should they stay ahead of the Thorns in the standings (currently one point ahead of them) by the time the regular season ends.

The Reign’s clash will be on the road against the Houston Dash on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The match will air live on Fox Sports 1.

The WNY Flash plays their final game of the regular season on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:00 pm. ET, and will stream live on YouTube.


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