NWSL Week 12 Mid-Week Recap

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Seattle and Sky Blue both fought back in their respective matches on Wednesday but unlike Sky Blue, the Reign came out of their battle against Boston with a win, their first of the season.

Boston Breakers vs Seattle Reign FC: Final Score 1-2

Wednesday's match against Boston started out rocky for Seattle but the visitors turned it around late in the second half with goals from Jessica Fishlock and Christine Nairn to earn a 2-1 win over Boston.

It was a wide-open game, with Boston putting up 24 shots and Seattle recording 18. Both sides looked dangerous in the first half, but neither managed to score. Boston could have opened the scoring in the 37th minute on the back of a Sydney Leroux header but her goal was disallowed because she was offside.

Early in the second half, Hope Solo made some early big saves against Kyah Simon and Heather O'Reilly, both directing powerful strikes on goal. O'Reilly had the better opportunity early in the second half to break the tie when she caught Solo off guard, but the U.S. keeper's quick reaction save helped salvage the game for Seattle.

The opening goal of the night came in the 51st minute from Boston's Mariah Nogueira. Scoring her first NWSL goal, Nogueira headed the ball off an O'Reilly corner kick. Fishlock found the equalizer in the 78th minute, capitalizing on a rebound given up by Alyssa Naeher after a shot by Megan Rapinoe.

Rapinoe nearly found the winner in the 80th minute, hitting the crossbar with a shot. The Reign didn't have to wait much longer to take the lead. In the 86th minute, Christine Nairn scored the winner by getting on the end of a Liz Bogus cross into the box and hitting a low finish.

Sky Blue FC vs FC Kansas City: Final Score 2-2

A productive change to the front line in the second half for Sky Blue helped them recover a point at home in an epic 2-2 draw against FC Kansas City.

FCKC struck early in the first half, against the run of play. They took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute after Coco Goodson slipped outside the box, providing Erika Tymrak with ample space to push the ball past Brittany Cameron.

The remainder of the first half was dominated by the home side, as they controlled possession in the midfield and their back line was solid despite the earlier blunder by Goodson. Sophie Schmidt and Kelley O'Hara had promising shots, but Nicole Barnhart kept a clean sheet in the first half.

Early in the second half, Sky Blue was struggling to find the equalizer despite almost catching Barnhart off guard in the 59th minute, after Katy Freels tried to tuck away a close range shot but was denied by the keeper. Jim Gabarra took Danesha Adams off in favor of Monica Ocampo in the 62nd minute.

In the 74th minute, FCKC doubled its lead off a Lauren Cheney strike inside the box. Cheney pushed past Goodson to hit the ball at Cameron who didn't manage to maintain possession, instead deflected the ball onto the far post and bounced into the back of the net.

Ten minutes after FCKC extended their lead, Ocampo responded with the first of two goals in under eight minutes. Christie Rampone sent a searching ball into the box that fell to O'Hara outside the six yard box. O'Hara shipped a short pass to Ocampo who managed to slide the ball out of Barnhart's reach.

Sky Blue kept fighting for a goal in the closing minutes of injury time and eventually netted an equalizer. Ocampo got on the end of a Freels pass on the edge of the six yard box to slip the ball in between Barnhart and the post to reach the back of the net.

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