Seattle Reign FC dominated play Sunday June 2, in an International Friendly against the Haitian Women’s National Team at Starfire Stadium earning a 6-0 victory.
After a rather uneventful first half Seattle Reign came out blazing in the second, netting six goals in the last 45 minutes of play.
It all started in the 54th minute when forward Kennya Cordner earned a penalty kick during her first appearance with Seattle. Lindsey Taylor stepped up to take the shot, placing the ball just inside the right post past Haiti’s keeper Geralda Saint Luis. Taylor tallied another goal for her team just ten minutes later with a beautiful free kick from 23 yards out, curling it around the four-woman wall before tucking into the upper right hand corner of the net.
Frustration was building for the Haitian team in the 69th minute who were already down 2-0. Defender Frantzcia Francios was called for a hard tackle on Seattle’s Jess Fishlock, earning her second yellow card and ultimately ending in her ejection from the game. Taylor once again stepped up to take the kick, blasting it over the wall of Haitian defenders before it rocketed off the top bar and into the net making Taylor the first Reign player to record a hat-trick.
The scoring didn’t stop there. Just four minutes later, in the 75th, Corder slotted the ball between the legs of Saint Luis after receiving a through ball from Lindsey Patterson and giving Seattle a four goal advantage.
Haiti continued with their rough play, fouling Fishlock once again in the penalty box in the 84th and earning Seattle their second penalty kick of the game. Kristina Larsen stepped up to the line and sent the ball at Saint Luis who managed to make the save, clearing it to the top of the 18. Unfortunately for Haiti, Seattle sub Liz Bogus was there to collect the ball taking a shot to net goal number five for the Reign.
The opposing team became more reckless when two minutes later defender Manoucheka Pierre-Louis received a straight red card for a hard tackle on Fishlock from behind. The red was followed by yet another yellow in the 88th to Haitian Captain Wisline Dolce bringing their total to five cautions and two ejections.
Down by two players Haiti conceded their sixth and final goal in the 89th minute when Larsen received a through ball from Fishlock, putting the ball over the sliding keepers head and into the netting.
Seattle is continuing to improve and will build on gaining more scoring opportunities when they return to league play on Saturday, June 9th at 7pm against FC Kansas City.
Hope Solo, goalkeeper of the Reign and the US Women’s National Team, along with Canadian WNT players Kaylyn Kyle, Emily Zurrer and Tiffany Cameron were not in attendance due to their national team duties but will be available for the match on the 9th.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Seattle Reign FC vs. Haiti National Team (International Friendly) Date: June 2, 2013
Venue: Starfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash., USA
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. PST
Weather: 61 Degrees, overcast with sunbreaks
SEA – Taylor, Lindsay (PK) – 54’
SEA – Taylor, Lindsay – 64’
SEA – Taylor, Lindsay – 71’
SEA – Cordner, Kennya (Patterson, Lyndsey) – 75’
SEA – Bogus, Liz – 84’
SEA – Larsen, Kristina (Fishlock, Jess) – 89’
SEA: 20-Kopmeyer Goalkeeper (18-Betos Goalkeeper 45’); 22-Frederick D; 25-Dallstream D (19-Nairn D 76’); 23-Rowe D (3-Barnes D 60’); 24-Vaughn D; 21-Meier M; 16-Patterson M; 13-Ruiz M (10-Fishlock M 60’); 17-Taylor F (5-Bogus F 78’); 14-Larsen F; 12-Follis F (1- Cordner F 45′)
Subs not used: 8-Noyola Head Coach: Laura Harvey
HAITI: 1-Saint Luis; 3-Beycier (2-Cajuste 77’); 4-Baptiste; 6-Nerlande (7-Coutard 87’); 10- Dolce; 13-Jean Pierre (8-Bobo 76’); 15-Francois; 17-Gervil; 18-Borgella; 20-Pierre-Louis; 14-Brand
Head Coach: Christian Castro
Stats Summary: SEA / HAITI
Shots: 18 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3 Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1 Fouls: 7 / 27 Offside: 6 / 2
HAITI – Beycier (caution) 25’
HAITI – Francios (caution) 32’
HAITI – Jean Pierre (caution) 48’ HAITI – Beycier (caution/ejection) 69’ HAITI – Pierre-Louis (ejection) 86’ HAITI – Dolce (caution) 88’
Referee: Katja Koroleva Assistant Referee 1: Levi Rippy Assistant Referee 2: Timon Berry Fourth Official: Josh Wilkens