Seattle Reign FC’s slim chances of earning a spot in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League postseason were crushed on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Red Stars at Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill.
Chicago (7-7-5) avenged a 4-1 loss in Seattle just a week ago, while the Reign (5-11-3) fell to the Red Stars for the first time in four meetings this season.
Chicago’s Sonja Fuss, a German national-team player, opened the scoring in the 11th minute, converting a penalty kick after Seattle’s Stephanie Cox was called for a foul in the box.
Kaylyn Kyle scored the equalizer with her third goal of the year— also on a penalty kick — in the 28th minute, but the Red Stars took the lead for good when Inka Grings, also a German international, scored 13 minutes later. Grings added to the lead with another goal in the 72nd minute.
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With the loss, Seattle was officially eliminated from playoff contention. The team had needed four straight wins coupled with four straight losses from Western New York for a berth.