Reign Net First NWSL Challenge Cup Win on Balcer’s Stoppage-Time Goal


HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Bethany Balcer scored in stoppage time and OL Reign defeated the Utah Royals 1-0 on Wednesday in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup tournament.

It was the Reign’s first victory in three group-stage Challenge Cup matches played without fans at Zions Bank Stadium.

Balcer’s header came off Nicole Momiki’s well-placed cross in the 91st minute. Royals goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart appeared to get a hand on the ball, but she couldn’t keep it out of the net. Barnhart was starting for Utah after Abby Smith started in the team’s first two games.

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