Seattle Reign finally scores, but it can't stop another loss
Seattle, hosting the Washington Spirit in its second home game of the NWSL season, took an early lead through forward Lindsay Taylor but lost 4-2 Thursday in front of 1,011 at Starfire Stadium.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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TUKWILA — The losses and injuries keep piling up for Reign FC.
Seattle, hosting the Washington Spirit in its second home game of the NWSL season, took an early lead through forward Lindsay Taylor but couldn't keep up in a 4-2 loss Thursday in front of 1,011 at Starfire Stadium.
The Reign (0-5-1) has lost five in a row, while Washington (1-2-3) earned its first win of the year.
The Spirit broke a 2-2 tie in the 56th minute, when forward Tiffany McCarty precisely slotted home a right-footed shot just inside the far post.
Seattle, despite a scoring outburst by its standards, couldn't find an equalizer. The Reign's two goals were a season high and matched the team's production through its first five games.
Washington's Tori Huster capped the scoring in the 84th minute.
"We concede stupid goals," said coach Laura Harvey, whose team has been outscored 12-4 overall. "We just let teams back into games, and we keep doing it. ... You can take loads of positives out of the match in terms of when we had it, the chances we created, and blah, blah, blah, but ultimately, you let a team score four goals against you, you're not going to win the game."
The Reign took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, when Taylor blasted a 15-yard shot past goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. The strike broke a 291-minute scoreless drought.
"It felt pretty good when it was in the back of the net," Taylor said.
The advantage didn't last.
Injuries once again were a huge story for the Reign, which was without all four U.S. stars after Keelin Winters suffered an ankle injury last week. The others are Hope Solo (wrist surgery), Megan Rapinoe (on loan in France) and Amy Rodriguez (starting a family).
The personnel woes didn't end there. Elli Reed suffered an ankle injury this week in practice, and then Kate Deines suffered an apparent ankle injury in the first half that forced a substitution.
Both Reed and Deines needed the use of crutches to get around after the game.
• Thursday's attendance was the second-lowest in the NWSL this season.