Jodie Taylor scored on a left-footed shot from close range in the 70th minute for the Reign, which had an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal in the National Women’s Soccer League match that ended in a 1-1 tie.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Jodie Taylor scored in the 70th minute to give Seattle Reign FC a 1-1 draw with the Orlando Pride in a National Women’s Soccer League match Saturday.
Nahomi Kawasumi assisted on the Reign’s goal.
Taylor scored on a left-footed shot from close range, her sixth goal of the season. She had four shots on goal — as many as the Orlando team.
The Reign (8-4-6) had advantages of 18-12 in shots and 8-4 in shots on goal, in addition to playing a considerably cleaner game. Seattle was called for four fouls, compared with 17 fouls committed by the Pride in a match witnessed by 5,074 at Orlando City Stadium.
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The Reign is second in the NWSL standings, 16 points behind powerhouse North Carolina but a point ahead of Portland and Orlando.
Toni Pressley scored for Orlando (8-6-5) on a right-footed shot from the center of the area in the 21st minute.
There was an odd visual in the match, as Haley Kopmeyer was the goalkeeper for the Pride.
Kopmeyer was traded by the Reign to Orlando in January; the former University of Michigan player was taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft by the Reign and posted 11 shutouts for Seattle.
Kopmeyer made six saves Saturday, compared with three for Reign keeper Lydia Williams.
Each team had to compete without some high-profile players who were training with the U.S. national team in preparation for the Tournament of Nations.
Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long weren’t with the Reign. The Orlando duo of Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris also was training with the U.S. team.
The United States opens Tournament of Nations play with a match against Japan on Thursday in Kansas City, Kan.