Looking to keep their title as the only undefeated team in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), Seattle Reign FC (3-0-0, 9 pts) embark on their first road trip of the season taking on Sky Blue FC (0-1-2, 2 pts) on Wednesday, April 30 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.; kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT) with the game available via a live, high-definition webstream at YouTube.com/NWSL.
Reign FC held on to the NWSL’s top ranked position by beating the Houston Dash in front of 2,290 supporters at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, April 27. Seattle’s offense was powered by midfielder Kim Little who scored two goals during the match, bringing her season tally to four goals and moving her to the leading scorer spot in the NWSL rankings. Jessica Fishlock, Keelin Winters, Megan Rapinoe and Kendall Fletcher add to Reign FC’s offensive efforts with one goal each.
Sky Blue FC will also have to contend with Seattle’s equally strong defensive back, led by Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo who will enter the match with two shutouts.
“Everyone does their job and we can rely on each other,” said Reign FC defender Kendall Fletcher. “Having Hope back there with all of her experience really helps us as well. We’re solid, defensively, top to bottom.”
To extend their three-match unbeaten run, Seattle will need to contain Sky Blue FC who will be looking to bounce back from their 3-2 loss to the Boston Breakers on Sunday, April 27. Forward Monica Ocampo and midfielder Ashley Nick both netted their first goals of the season during the match against Boston, but Sky Blue FC fell short overall.
Wednesday will mark the first meeting between Reign FC and Sky Blue FC for the 2014 season. Last season, Sky Blue FC swept the series 2-0-0 against Seattle, winning 2-0 at home on May 11 and 3-0 a week later on May 19 in Seattle.
After Sky Blue FC, next up for Seattle in their run of three away games is Washington Spirit on Saturday, May 3 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD. The match kicks off at 3:30p.m. (PT) and will be available via a live, high-definition webstream at YouTube.com/NWSL.