Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon scores the equalizer for a draw against Seattle Reign

The Boston Breakers traveled to Memorial Field to face Seattle Reign with an anticipation to keep their three-game unbeaten record. The Reign celebrated head coach and General Manager Laura Harvey's 100th appearance as the head coach. To honor Harvey and fans, Seattle came to put on an excellent performance with the hope to celebrate a win on top.

Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon scores the equalizer for a draw against Seattle Reign
Adriana Leon scored her third goal of the season | Source: VAVEL USA - Brandon Farris
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Seattle Reign: Kopmeyer; Stott, McNabb, Barnes, Pickett, Elston, Nairn, Utsugi, Kawasum (Johnson, min. 79)i, Mathias (Yanez, min. 68), Rapinoe.
Boston Breakers: Smith; Westphal (Elby, min. 71), King, Oyster, Frisbie, Salem, Andrews, White, Leon, Dowie, Weimer (Purce, min. 68).
SCORE: 0-1, min. 32, Kawasumi. 1-1, min. 43, Leon.

The Seattle Reign came out on the field prepared and fired up to score for Week 13 of the season. They were on a two-game winning streak while the Boston Breakers hoped to continue with their successful three-game victory record. 

Opportunities for Seattle and Boston

In the first 13 minutes Seattle saw early action as defender Rebekah Stott made a cross to midfielder Lindsay Elston, who took a shot on goal despite having a Breakers defender on her, but her chances were then ruled out by goalkeeper Abby Smith. The stakes were high and shortly after, Tiffany Weimer took a shot on goalkeeper  Hayley Kopmeyer to bring the pressure, but wasn't successful to see the first goal of the match.

Smith attempted to clear the ball, but fell short and created a perfect opportunity for Naomi Kawasumi as she had maintained control of the ball and shot from outside of the box to score the leading goal for the Reign in the 32nd minute, putting Seattle ahead 1-0.

The Breakers were determined to score and in the 42nd minute, defender Christen Westphal crossed to forward Adriana Leon and finished the ball with a solid right foot that hit the back of the net before Kopmeyer could reach it. Leon scored the equalizer for Boston which also marked her third goal of the season.

Seattle Reign celebrating forward Naomi Kawasumi's goal in he 32nd minute | Source: VAVEL USA - Brandon Farris
Seattle Reign celebrating forward Naomi Kawasumi's goal in he 32nd minute | Source: VAVEL USA - Brandon Farris

Striving for goals in the second half

The beginning of the second half began at a slower pace, but both teams had much to push through and offer for better results. Seattle had several opportunities on decent shots to make a comeback, but still didn't see the back of the net to take the lead. The Breakers weren't able to clear a corner kick in the 47th minute and Kawasumi almost saw her second goal as she nicely chipped the ball and Elston made way to the goal, but Smith was on it with a save. 

This game marked 100 regular season NWSL appearances for head coach Laura Harvey as she also made observations on the Reign’s improvement: 

“I didn’t think we really imposed ourselves on the game enough. We created some good chances, but not enough. We just didn’t control the game well enough for me. I told the girls at the end of the game that there was just something flat about us. I don’t know what it was, but we’re going to have to talk about what that might be and how we can solve that. We can’t play like that at home and expect to win games.”

This 1-1 draw brought down the Reign to fifth place with 21 points and the Boston Breakers stand in eighth place with a total of 14 points. Seattle Reign will host Sky Blue FC next weekend at 10:00 pm ET as the Boston Breakers will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium to face off with the Houston Dash at 8:30 pm ET.


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