OL Reign overcomes early deficit to beat Angel City 4-1

Ol Reign's Veronica Latsko celebrates after scoring.
Ol Reign's Veronica Latsko celebrates after scoring against Angel City FC during the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup at Titan Stadium. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

With just two points separating OL Reign from the top of the table, Laura Harvey’s team welcomed Angel City to Lumen Field.

The two sides met on six previous occasions, with Angel City yet to register a win against the hosts. Over three weeks ago, the previous encounter provided the first draw. But the first five meetings ended in defeat for Freya Coombe’s side.

Starting XIs

OL Reign: Tullis-Joyce; Sonnett, Barnes, Cook, Balcer, Fishlock, Huerta, Rapinoe, Hiatt, Latsko, Bennett.

Angel City: Haracic; Spencer, Reid, McCaskill, Emslie, Gorden, Weatherholt, Endo, Thompson, Johnson, Hammond.

How it went

Despite Reign enjoying a marginally better start to the game, the visitors would score first. Claire Emslie’s long-range effort flew into the top corner of the goal with just over 27 minutes on the clock to give Angel City the lead.

It wasn’t long, however, before the hosts would find the equaliser. Elyse Bennett’s shot from within the six-yard box snuck beyond Dijana Haracic, bringing the game level as halftime approached.

The second half opened with a strong spell of play from the home side. Two goals in quick succession from Veronica Latsko put the hosts 3-1 up by the 55th minute. The first saw the No.24 fire the ball home from outside the box to put her side into the lead.

Bagging her brace three minutes later, the midfielder blasted the ball into the top corner from within the area.

As the match drew to a close, the hosts were able to add a fourth to their goal tally for the afternoon. A lovely right-footed shot from outside the box saw Quinn put Reign three goals clear with less than 10 minutes remaining.

The victory sees Reign move into second, while Angel City sit 10th in the table.

Up next

Reign will next face San Diego Wave away in a Challenge Cup matchup. Harvey’s team will then host Portland Thorns just three days later.

Angel City will make the journey to play Thorns in the cup before playing host to Chicago Red Stars.

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