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June 25, 2016
Sky Blue topples Spirit, Reign scoreless in KC

BOYDS, Md. – Raquel Rodriguez and Sam Kerr scored goals to lift Sky Blue to a 2-1 win over the Washington Spirit at the Maryland Soccerplex Saturday night.

Leah Galton set up both goals for Sky Blue (3-3-4, 13 points) against Spirit (5-2-2, 17) Diana Matheson scored for the Spirit with a header in the 77th minute.

In the eighth minute Galton played a ball to Rodriguez at the top of the box. Rodriguez fired her shot into the top right corner of the net past goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé’s extended arms.

Just one minute after getting subbed into the game, Kerr scored Sky Blue’s second goal in the 64th minute. Galton earned her second assist when she sent a long cross into the box from the left flank that found Kerr. Kerr executed a side volley that slid past a diving Labbé and into the back of the net.

In the 77th minute, the Spirit closed the gap. Argentinian forward Estefania Banini sent a ball into the box from the left flank. Matheson defied gravity and headed the ball into the right side of the net past Sky Blue keeper Caroline Stanley.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Seattle Reign FC battled to a 0-0 draw against FC Kansas City at Swope Soccer Village on Saturday to earn a point and extend its unbeaten streak to four games.

The match was the fourth-straight clean sheet for the Reign FC (3-3-4, 13 pts) defense, setting a new team record, and tying the NWSL record for most consecutive shutouts.

Reign FC came out of the gates firing, earning four corners in the first eight minutes and generating their first dangerous chance three minutes in. Lauren Barnes sent a long ball forward, looking for Beverly Yanez. Yanez was able to direct her header back to Kim Little, who was waiting just outside of the 18-yard box. Little fired a shot on frame, but Nicole Barnhart deflected it wide.

Late in the second half, FC Kansas City made one final push for a game winner, but Hope Solo was there to deny the chance. Shea Groom was able to get behind the defense, but Solo came off her line and pressured Groom into dribbling out of bounds for a Reign FC goalkick.

In the 90th minute, second-half substitute Carson Pickett received a red card for her tackle on Heather O'Reilly.

With the tie, FC Kansas City (2-4-4, 10 pts) now has 10 points and remains in 8th place in the standings.

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