Seattle Reign win NWSL Shield for 2nd straight season
Seattle Reign FC claimed the National Women's Soccer League Shield for the second consecutive season on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over the Boston Breakers in Seattle.
The NWSL Shield is awarded to the team with the best regular-season record.
Midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Kim Little as well as defender Kendall Fletcher all scored for Reign FC in their sixth consecutive victory -- one shy of the NWSL record that they share with FC Kansas City -- as Seattle clinched the best regular-season record with two games to spare.
Coach and general manager Laura Harvey's side has racked up a 12-3-3 record and 39 points to become the first team to repeat as NWSL Shield winners.
The Reign won the 2014 shield with a 16-2-6 performance as they set an NWSL record averaging 2.25 points per game. Seattle will have the chance to match that mark if it is able to win both of its remaining matches -- at home on Aug. 29 against Sky Blue FC and on the road versus the Washington Spirit on Sept. 5.
Seattle posted an 8-0-4 record in front of their fans last season at Memorial Stadium followed by a home playoff victory against the Spirit.
This season, midfielders Jess Fishlock and Keelin Winters, forward Beverly Yanez, along with goalkeeper Hope Solo and defenders Elli Reed, Stephanie Cox, Lauren Barnes and Rachel Corsie, have helped the Reign to an 8-0-1 mark at home.
Seattle Reign FC hosts Sky Blue FC at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Aug. 29.