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Megan Rapinoe and OL Reign win first playoff game since 2015

OL Reign head coach Laura Harvey and Megan Rapinoe are looking to win their first NWSL Championship together. (Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)

In Megan Rapinoe’s final home game in Seattle, OL Reign eked out their first NWSL playoff win since 2015.

While No. 4 seed OL Reign and No. 5 seed Angel City remained locked in a defensive battle through much of the quarterfinal match, a header goal from Veronica Latsko in the 87th minute broke the deadlock.

OL Reign entered the match with a 2-6 postseason record, with the club’s last win coming in the 2015 semifinals against the Washington Spirit. OL Reign has never won an NWSL title.

“We’re a lot more mentally tough this year,” Rapinoe said of the team snapping its playoff losing streak. “We have a little more grit about us.”

In her final time playing at Seattle’s Lumen Field, the retiring star led her team with three shots and 72 touches. She played 93 minutes before being relieved by a substitute in stoppage time.

Rapinoe, 38, played her last match for the U.S. women’s national team in September, but with Friday’s win, she has at least one more match left to play. OL Reign will face the No. 1 seed San Diego Wave at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 5, at Snapdragon Stadium, with a spot in the 2023 NWSL Championship on the line.