NWSL: Reign, Royals play to 1-1 draw in NWSL basement battle


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Veronica Latsko scored in the 75th minute as the host Seattle Reign played to a 1-1 draw with the Utah Royals on Sunday.

Seattle (2-9-5, 11 points) is winless in its past nine matches (0-4-5), but it has picked up four straight ties.

Latsko’s goal came just eight minutes after Ally Sentnor found the back of the net for Utah (2-11-3, 9 points), which only has one win in its past 14 matches (1-10-3).

Claudia Dickey finished with seven saves for the Reign. Mandy Haught had five for the Royals.

Haught came up with a pair of big saves in the match’s waning moments, preventing Tziarra King from scoring in the 90th minute before turning away Jordyn Huitema two minutes into second-half stoppage time.

Emeri Adames had one last chance to tally the go-ahead goal for Seattle, but her strike from the right side came up short of the near post and trickled out of bounds in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

Utah’s Cameron Tucker had a left-footed attempt saved a minute later.

King nearly put Seattle on the board in the 21st minute, but her header was saved by Haught.

King later led Bethany Balcer to the center of the box with a through ball in the 30th minute, forcing Haught to come off her line to block Balcer’s shot. Balcer had another look at the goal six minutes later, but her right-footed attempt went wide left.

Trainers rushed onto the field deep into first-half stoppage time when King took a free kick to the face. She ended up staying in the match.

–Field Level Media


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