RECAP: STOPPAGE TIME FINISH GIVES SEATTLE REIGN U-15 2-2 TIE VS. MICHIGAN HAWKS

BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. (April 8, 2018) - Down 2-1 with seconds of stoppage time remaining after 80 minutes of regulation, Seattle Reign U-15 forward Jayce Woodward punched in one of the most exciting goals of the inaugural Development Academy Spring Showcase. Her last-gasp goal boosted Seattle to a momentous 2-2 draw.

"We were in the attack with only seconds left remaining in the extra time and we were already going at it for the past 30 minutes of the game because we were down 2-0," Woodward said. "We didn't give up. We kept going…. We went crazy because we were glad we came out with a tie instead of the loss.

"We never give up, no matter what the score is. (Head coach Sam Laity) even told us in the game a few times, 'Don't look at the results, just look at our effort. Put in what we know we can.' It's just all about the performance we want to put in."

After a missed clearance by the Seattle defense, Michigan midfielder Ava Abu-Akeel capitalized and gave the Hawks an early 1-0 lead in the third minute of play. Evenly matched for the remainder of the first half, it wasn't until 12 minutes into the second that Michigan finally doubled its lead. After winning the ball from out wide on the right, Maya Goudeseune took a few touches before whipping a dangerous cross into the penalty box. The ball took a couple skids across the box before finding the feet of Brooke Steere, whose battle for positioning in front of the net was rewarded with a goal.

Down but not out, the Seattle offense continued to press on, looking to get back into the game. In the 56th minute, their efforts were rewarded. A quick throw-in sent Jayce Woodward on a breakaway down the right flank and Woodward shuffled into the edge of the box. She slid a cross though the six-yard box and found team captain Kate Toomey sprinting to the back post. Her determination boosted her to beat her rival defender to the ball and ripple the netting left of the goalkeeper.

Twenty-four minutes later, down 2-1, Seattle watched as the fourth official raised the number two on his substitution board. Knowing they had just 120 seconds to turn a loss into a tie, Seattle pushed their numbers forward and into the box. Trying to play in a dangerous ball, Aly Akers' pass hit the top of the crossbar, bouncing to the right side, before being played back into the middle by Claire Koehler. In the right place at the right time, Woodward headed the chance into the back of the net.