A highly anticipated meeting between league-leading San Diego Wave and perennial NWSL Championship contender OL Reign delivered on Sunday afternoon at Torero Stadium in SoCal.
The home crowd was on its feet in the eighth-minute as Alex Morgan got on the end of goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan's long ball forward before cooly collecting her ninth goal of the season in just nine appearances.
The Reign have been creating chances without finishing this season, but those ails came to end in the 38th-minute with a wonderful team goal that came to life with a backheel from Jess Fishlock before the 35-year-old continued on a run into the box and finished on the half-volley from Rose Lavelle's chip.
The goal by Jess Fishlock (@JessFishlock) for OL Reign and make it 1-1 against San Diego had 22 passes in the buildup, the highest number of passes towards a goal scored in the current #NWSL season, surpassing the 12 by Midge Purce against Washington.
Data by StatsPerform. pic.twitter.com/wCFzyYrijQ— Tony ⚡ (@xGisfornerds) June 12, 2022
Minutes after halftime, Megan Rapinoe almost gave the Reign the lead with a 20-yard effort that came back off the crossbar, and then Lavelle curled one inches wide in the 66th.
The match would finish 1-1 so San Diego remains undefeated at home (2-0-2) and in first place with 15 points from nine games, while the Reign haven't won away (0-2-2) but now have 10 points in eight matches.
Elsewhere in NWSL play on Sunday, Mallory Pugh got her fifth of the season for Chicago.