Seattle Reign FC Earns Draw against Utah Royals

Seattle Reign FC Makes Triumphant Return Ahead of 2024 Season

July 7, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
Seattle Reign FC News Release

SEATTLE, WA. – At home on a sweltering summer day at Lumen Field, the Reign came back from a one goal deficit to earn a point against Utah Royals FC before heading into the international break. After a dominant first half, the Reign conceded a second half goal, but answered with an equalizer less than 10 minutes later.

From the first whistle, the Reign immediately took control of the match, dominating with 75.6% possession in the first 15 minutes of the match. The team maintained control of the ball, stringing together passes to work toward a quality scoring opportunity.

Seattle took eight shots in the first half, challenging Utah goalkeeper Mandy Haught to keep a clean sheet. On the other side of the ball, Seattle goalkeeper Claudia Dickey was asked to make a save in the 36th minute, when Royals forward Brecken Mozingo fired a shot from outside the 18-yard box.

Leading up to the halftime whistle, Utah saw another opportunity, with Paige Monaghan hitting the woodwork in stoppage time. The Reign cleared the danger and saw the level scoreline through to halftime, earning a total of 61.9% possession.

In the second half, the Reign put the ball in the back of the net in the 50th minute when forward Tziarra King’s cross into the box was deflected to the top of the six-yard box by Haught. Midfielder and captain Jess Fishlock was there to find the back of the net, but the goal was called after video review for a foul in the play that led to the goal.

Once again level at zeroes, Utah stepped up into the game and found the first goal of the afternoon. In the 67th minute of the match, forward Ally Sentnor won possession of the ball and dribbled into the box before finding the back of the net.

Now down a goal, the Reign continued to chase the game and were forced to defend an onslaught of Utah attacks. Dickey earned another important save in the 71st minute of the match, defending shots from both midfielder Dana Foederer and Sentnor.

In the 75th minute, substitute Veronica Latsko found the all-important equalizer for the Reign. When a Reign passing sequence was deflected into the air inside Utah’s box, Latsko was the first to the ball, hustling to take a touch and put it in the back of the net.

The Reign found seven more shots before the end of the match, but nothing was strong enough to take the lead, leaving Seattle and Utah to share the points heading into the international…

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