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Seattle Reign storm past Washington Spirit with 6-2 victory

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


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