Ol Reign @ PDX – NWSL Fall Series Matchday 2

OL Reign 1

Portland Thorns FC 4

September 30, 2020 – Portland, OR – Providence Park

NWSL Fall Series (OL Reign Matchday 2)

Rescheduled from Saturday September 12 due to air quality, and then delayed another two weeks for ongoing air quality, OL Reign made the trek down I5 to Portland to face Thorns FC in the first match of the NWSL Fall Series for each club. So, this match should have been OLR Fall Series matchday 1, but became 2 because of the ongoing smoke.

As a result, both clubs were the last to play their second matches, when a few clubs had already played three of the four in the September and October run.

The early going saw both clubs pressing, pushing for the early advantage. OL Reign especially seemed to be pressing high with Huerta up top.

Near the end of an increasingly physical first half, Horan found Sinclair for the first goal, then a late first half stoppage time Sinclair penalty and a two goal lead going into the interval.

Portland’s third was a beautiful left footed volley by Rocky Rodriguez a little over ten minutes into the second half and it appeared the home side would cruise.

OL Reign got one back in the 71st with a Bethany Balcer header. Instead of conceding and playing it out, OLR started pushing to make it interesting. But, the home side Thorns didn’t take long to get it back as Sinclair completed her hat trick and a 4-1 lead with 15 remaining.

The 4-1 score line was reflective of the danger of Portland’s attack when it gets going. The Thorns have attacking options and they used them, then brought the future off the bench to almost make it worse.

It is tough to compare the Summer Reign and the Fall Series OL Reign with so many players out on loan. However, the lock down defense has given up six goals in the two road matches. The low scoring offense has managed three in two matches. But, it is very much not a continuation of the midyear tournament in look and feel.

Match Report

Match: OL Reign vs. Portland Thorns FC

Date: September 30, 2020

Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Ore.

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT

Weather: 75 degrees, mostly sunny

Goals by half      1    2     Total

RGN                     0     1     1

POR                   2     2     4

Scoring Summary

POR – Christine Sinclair (Lindsay Horan) 40’

POR – Christine Sinclair (penalty) 45+5’

POR – Rocky Rodríguez (Simone Charley) 57’

RGN – Bethany Balcer (Shirley Cruz) 70’

POR – Christine Sinclair (Lindsey Horan) 74’

Misconduct Summary

POR – Meghan Klingenberg (caution) 35’

Lineups & Stats

RGN: GK Michelle Betos, D Steph Cox, D Kristen McNabb, D Amber Brooks, D Taylor Smith (Madison Hammond 82’), M Allie Long (Dani Weatherholt 64’), M Rosie White (Leah Pruitt 64’), M Shirley Cruz, F Bethany Balcer (Morgan Andrews 82’), F Sofia Huerta, F Jasmyne Spencer (Miranda Nild 82’)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Casey Murphy, D Kimberly Hazlett

Head Coach: Farid Benstiti

Shots: 10

Shots on goal: 8

Fouls: 11

Corner kicks: 5

Saves: 4

POR: GK Britt Eckerstrom, D Christen Westphal (Madison Pogarch 53’), D Emily Menges, D Becky Sauerbrunn (Kelli Hubly 46’), D Meghan Klingenberg, M Angela Salem (Emily Ogle 84’), M Rocky Rodríguez, M Lindsey Horan, M Christine Sinclair, F Tyler Lussi (Sophia Smith 53’), F Simone Charley (Morgan Weaver 66’)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Nadine Angerer, M Gabby Seiler

Head Coach: Mark Parsons

Shots: 20

Shots on goal: 8

Fouls: 10

Corner kicks: 11

Saves: 7

OL Reign @ Utah Royals FC – NWSL Fall Series Matchday 1

OL Reign 2

Utah Royals FC 2

September 26, 2020 – NWSL Fall Series (OL Reign Matchday 1)

Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, UT

In what should have been the second match for OL Reign in the Fall Series, the club made the trek back to Utah to face Royals FC.

With several players on loan, mostly starters, OL Reign still managed to field a line up of club and NWSL experienced players.

Utah has gone through much as an organization in recent weeks. For some sides that means a lack of preparation and distraction, and for others the game becomes a refuge. Utah scored in the 9th minute on an Aminata Diallo shot through traffic from outside the box to get the game going early.

The early third of the match up to the hydration break was played wide open. Utah grabbed a Tziarra King second and Bethany Balcer replied at the restart. Rosie White equalized shortly after. With the match at 2-2 after only 29 minutes, the low scoring of the summer tournament was quickly a thing of the past.

With the match remaining level going into the interval, both sides could reset.

The match tightened as the second half progressed. With it remaining level at the second hydration break and both sides utilizing a few subs for fresh legs, the final 15 had the potential to be interesting.

Despite attempts on each goal, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Match Report

Match: OL Reign vs. Utah Royals FC

Date: September 26, 2020

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah

Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. PT

Weather: 71 degrees, mostly sunny

Goals by half      1    2     Total

RGN                    2    0      2

UTA                   2    0      2

Scoring Summary

UTA – Aminata Diallo 9’ 

UTA – Tziarra King (Brittany Ratcliffe) 22’

RGN – Bethany Balcer (Steph Cox) 23’

RGN – Rosie White (Jasmyne Spencer) 28’

Misconduct Summary

RGN – Rosie White (caution) 66’

Lineups & Stats

RGN: GK Casey Murphy, D Steph Cox, D Kristen McNabb (Madison Hammond 76’), D Amber Brooks, D Taylor Smith, M Allie Long (Dani Weatherholt 46’), M Rosie White, M Shirley Cruz (Morgan Andrews 70’), F Jasmyne Spencer (Leah Pruitt 70’), F Sofia Huerta, F Bethany Balcer

Substitutes Not Used: GK Michelle Betos, D Kimberly Hazlett

Head Coach: Farid Benstiti

Shots: 10

Shots on goal: 2

Fouls: 11

Corner kicks: 5

Saves: 6

UTA: GK Melissa Lowder, D Mallory Weber, D Kate Del Fava, D Elizabeth Ball, D Katie Bowen, M Verónica Boquete, M Aminata Diallo (Gaby Vincent 46’), M Lo’eau LaBonta, F Tziarra King, F Amy Rodriguez (Arielle Ship 64’), F Brittany Ratcliffe (Raisa Strom-Okimoto 78’)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Abby Smith, D Madeline Nolf, D Taylor Leach, M Taylor Lytle

Head Coach: Amy LePeilbet

Shots: 14

Shots on goal: 8

Fouls: 9

Corner kicks: 3

Saves: 0