Utah Royals FC played to a scoreless draw with Seattle Reign FC, Head Coach Laura Harvey’s former side on Wednesday night. The match was played in front of the second largest crowd in URFC history of 8,504 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
From the out, URFC peppered the Reign FC goal as midfielder Diana Matheson rifled a long distance strike off the crossbar in just the 2nd minute of play. In the first half Utah controlled the match both offensive and defensively, limiting the visitors to just one shot on goal which goalkeeper Abby Smith handled with ease. In her URFC debut, forward Christen Press showed her attacking prowess, placing a pair of shots of her own on goal.
The second half felt a burst of energy as URFC threw everything forward in search of the game’s opening goal. Harvey brought on forward Erica Tymrak in the game’s 77th minute and the second half substitute nearly found the winner, but her shot was deflected out for a corner kick.
In second half stoppage time Press nearly found her first goal with URFC but her last ditch effort was blocked just inside the box, ensuring the 0-0 scoreline.
URFC remains at Rio Tinto Stadium to host Sky Blue FC on Saturday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m. MT in Sandy.
Match: Utah Royals FC vs Seattle Reign FC
Date: June 27, 2018
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Weather: Sunny and 90 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Utah Royals FC 0 0 0
Seattle Reign FC 0 0 0
Utah Royals FC (4-3-3): Abby Smith; Katie Bowen, Rachel Corsie, Becky Sauerbrunn, Becca Moros; Desiree Scott, Gunny Jonsdottir, Diana Matheson (Katie Stengel, 68’); Katrina Gorry, Amy Rodriguez (Erika Tymrak, 77’), Christen Press
Subs not used: Nicole Barnhart, Samantha Johnson, Lo’eau LaBonta, Elise Thorsnes, Brittany Ratcliffe
Seattle Reign FC (4-3-3): Michelle Betos; Theresa Nielsen, Megan Oyster, Kristen McNabb, Stephanie Catley; Allie Long, Morgan Andrews (Alyssa Kleiner, 46’), Rumi Utsugi; Nahomi Kawasumi (Beverly Yanez, 71’), Jodie Taylor (Jasmyne Spencer, 84’), Megan Rapinoe
Subs not used: Madeline Bauer, Adriana Leon, Christen Westphal, Lydia Williams
Stats Summary: URFC/SEA
Shots: 18 / 7
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 9
Offside: 1 / 2
SEA – Stephanie Catley (caution) 59’
Referee: Malik Badawi
Assistant Referees: Chris Elliott, Deleana Quan
4th Official: Hamed Sadeghi