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Seattle Reign FC falls by a goal against Orlando – Seattle Reign FC

The Reign lost 3-2 to the Orlando Pride and narrowly managed to pick up a point in front of their home crowd. After a 2-1 loss in the first half, the Reign tied the game early in the second half. The Reign conceded another goal before the final whistle and were reduced to 10 players after striker Bethany Balcer received a second yellow card and was sent off.

Although the Reign recorded two shots in the first three minutes of the game, Orlando scored the lead in the ninth minute. From outside the penalty area, defender Emily Sams hit the ball into the right corner of the net.

Orlando doubled its lead less than ten minutes later when striker Adriana crossed the ball to the back post, where striker Barbra Banda waited to head it into the net.

As the half came to an end, Reign scored one more goal. Midfielder Ji So-Yun beat Orlando's defense as she fired the ball to the top of the penalty area, where midfielder Angharad James-Turner powerfully struck the ball and directed it into the net.

After halftime, Seattle started the game on the leading edge. The home team equalized just three minutes after halftime. From midfield, veteran Jess Fishlock hit a perfectly placed long ball into the path of Balcer. Balcer needed one touch to get the ball into the box and beat Orlando's defense and goalkeeper as she fired the ball into the net.

Orlando scored the winning goal in the 58th minute of the game. A deflected corner kick landed at the feet of Banda in the six-yard box and the striker shot the ball with force into the net.

In the 83rd minute, Balcer received her second yellow card of the game for inconsistency and the Reign team was down to 10 players by the end of the game. The Reign managed four shots before the end of the period, but it wasn't enough to defeat Orlando.

THE CENTRAL THESES:

  • NEW STARTING PART: Reign have not fielded an identical starting XI in all 10 games this season as the club continues to rely on the strength of its squad. Defender Sofia Huerta is the only player to start all 10 games and has played a total of 900 minutes every minute this season.

  • BETHANY BALCER: Forward Bethany Balcer scored the 2-2 equalizer in the 48th minute. The goal is Balcer's fourth of the season, which ranks fifth in the league through Week 9. Balcer finished the game as the team leader with two shots and seven duels won.

  • Balcer now has 32 all-time regular season goals, tying him with Kim Little for the third-most goals in club history.

  • JESS FISHLOCK: midfield player Jess Fishlock In the 48th minute, Bethany Balcer scored to make the score 2-2. The midfielder now has two assists this season, the second most on the team. Fishlock finished the game with one assist, three shots and three chances.

  • Fishlock's assist set a new club record for most assists in Reign FC history (27). The veteran also has the most assists for a single club among all-time NWSL players.

  • ANGHARAD JAMES TURNER: midfield player Angharad James Turner scored a goal in first-half stoppage time, marking her first goal for the Reign and the second of her NWSL career. James-Turner finished the match with three shots won and two tackles won.

  • JI SO-YUN: midfield player Ji So Yun assisted on the Reign's first goal in first-half stoppage time when she played a pass to midfielder Angharad James-Turner.

  • Ji now has three assists this season, the most on the team, and is tied for sixth most assists in the NWSL.

  • PHOEBE McCLERNON: defender Phoebe McClernon made her 50th regular season appearance today against the Pride. Since entering the league in 2021, McClernon played 29 games for the Reign and 21 games for the Pride.

  • McClernon finished the match with six duels won and four tackles won.

  • SERIES: The loss brings the all-time series between Reign and Pride to 7W-3L-7D.

NEXT: Seattle Reign FC travels to Washington, DC to take on the Washington Spirit. Fans can tune in KING5+ or KONG in the Seattle area, in addition to NWSL+.

GAME SUMMARY

2024 NWSL Regular Season

Seattle Reign FC 2 – 3 Orlando Pride

Date/Time: Sunday, May 19, 3:00 p.m. PT

Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington

Weather: 63 degrees, partly sunny

Summary of points

SEA: James Turner – 45+5', Balcer – 48'

ORL: Sams – 9', Banda – 18', 58'

discipline

SEA: Balcer (caution – 45+1', second yellow – 83'), Cook (caution – 76')

ORL: Doyle (Caution – 90+4'), Allen (Caution – 90+8')

Lineups

SEA: GK Ivory, D Huerta, D Barnes (c) (Holmes 46'), D Cook, D McClernon, M Fishlock, M Van der Jagt (Latsko 67'), M Ji (Weinert 87'), M James-Turner (Athens 83') F Balcer, F King (Adames 83')

Substitutes not used: GK Perez, D Brown, D Woodham, M Stanton

Total number of shots: 15 (three draws with -13).

Shots on goal: 6 (Balcer, James-Turner – 2)

Fouls: 14 (three draws with – 3)

Offside: 2

Corners: 2

Stores: 1 (Ivory – 1)

ORL: GK Moorhouse, D McCutheon, D Sams, D Souza, D Strom, M Abello, M Lemos (Watt 78'), M Yates (Doyle 46'), F Adriana (Dyke 63'), F Banda (Allen 90+ 2'), F Marta (c) (Martinez 78')

Subs not used: GK Crone, M Duljan, F Kerr, D Lawrence

Total shots: 8 (Banda, Marta 3)

Shots on Goal: 4 (Banda – 2)

Fouls: 8 (eight draws with – 1)

Offside: 1

Corners: 4

Stores: 4 (Moorhouse – 4)

Referee: Elijio Arreguin

Assistant Referee 1: Seth Martin

Assistant referee 2: Salma Perez

4th official: Iryna Petrunok

VAR: Shawn Tehini

AVAR: Kaili Terry

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