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Reign FC put a six-goal onslaught on the Washington Spirit

Highlighted by Nahomi Kawasumi making NWSL history.

Reign vs. Spirit Photo credit - MikeRussellFoto

A week after a physical Cascadia clash against the Portland Thorns, the Seattle Reign FC returned home, hosted the Washington Spirit, and put on a memorable performance — highlighted by Nahomi Kawasumi.

The 3,007 in attendance saw Kawasumi put on a single-game performance for the ages, collecting a goal and four assists. Yes, you read that correctly, four assists in a single-game. And yes, that is a NWSL single-game record.

Kawasumi's four assists set up goals for Christine Nairn (20th minute), Bev Yanez (35th minute), Megan Rapinoe (71st minute), and Lindsey Elston (79th minute). She also claimed a goal for herself in the 68th minute. Rapinoe added a second, non-Kawasumi assisted goal to make the total six; a franchise record in an NWSL match.

Washington Spirit did find the back of the net twice today as former Reign FC midfielder Havana Solaun converted a penalty in the 60th minute after a handball in the box was called on defender Rachel Corsie. The goal cut Reign's lead in half, making it 2-1 at the time, and Washington’s adjustment to go to a three-back served as a wakeup call to the Reign.

Megan Rapinoe post-match said Washington's penalty was something of a wakeup call to the Reign after starting the second half, in her words, "Like shit." When the Spirit switched to a three-back to keep up the pressure and hopefully grab the second to equalize, the Reign went into another gear and punished the visitors.

Kawasumi's goal in the 68th minute kicked off a 10-minute sequence that became nearly impossible to keep up with. As soon as the game would reset after the Reign scored, they would have the ball again and almost immediately manage a shot on Washington's goal. Take a look at our tweets as the ten minute onslaught was happening.

Four goals within 10 minutes. Like playing FIFA on amateur, Reign FC had their way with Washington’s backline. Washington's second goal came in the 88th minute after Kristie Mewis connected on a Whitney Church free kick that went near post and snuck by Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer. Consolation goal to say the least, as Saturday was all about the Reign FC.

The Reign aren't at that level where their performances feel complete, they'll admit. However, you could not ask for a better performance coming off a rivalry game than what happened today at Memorial Stadium. They'll look to continue this performance next Sunday as they host the Orlando Pride.

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