Sounders Women Begin 2010 Campaign with a Victory
Sounders 2 – 1 Seattle Pacific University
“It was excellent. I was impressed how well we looked with such a short preseason so far,” Head Coach, Leighton O’Brien said of his team after the Sounders Women defeated the Seattle Pacific Falcons by a score of 2-1 at Interbay Stadium Wednesday night.
This exhibition was the first test for the Sounders as they search for their roster and combinations of players who will compete for the team during the United Soccer League’s W-League season. The SPU exhibition marks the first of three preseason matches before the team officially begins regular season play at Starfire on May 28.
April 28, 2010 – Interbay Stadium, Magnolia
With the regular season for the Northwest’s top women’s soccer team still a month away, the Sounders Women took on the former Division II National Champions, Seattle Pacific University. The goal for the Sounders was to develop personnel and fine tune a playing style for the league season. All in all, that was successfully done.
Wearing their road blue jerseys, the Sounders Women started strong with a good interchange to find former Seattle Pacific star, Erin Redwine in front of net. Redwine struck a hard shot to the bottom left corner but it was saved well. It didn’t take long for the first score to be made. However, it wasn’t the Sounders that scored it. SPU took the lead on 10 minutes with a 30 yard knuckling shot from Brandi Hamre.
The Sounders were jolted by the goal, but were additionally stunned when defender, Allison Tenney went down with a collar bone injury just ten minutes later. Tenney was to be the team’s first signing for her tremendous play during training camp. The former professional with the WA Freedom got tangled up with a UPS forward and went down awkwardly.
Despite the difficult start to the match, the Sounders came back on the attack in the 27th minute. Jocelyn Charette, another former Falcon, latched on to a shot in the penalty box but could only hit the left upright and the lead remained.
The Sounders break through came in the 37th minute. After an extended period of possession, the Falcons finally cleared their lines moved toward midfield. Upon doing so, Sounders’ center back, Katie Warner found a long diagonal ball to Chalise Baysa. The left wing barely made it to the ball before it ran over the end line. The excellent effort was rewarded as she kept the ball in with a cross to Charette, who slotted it home to tie the game.
With a sense of purpose, the Sounders opened up the second half on the front foot and stroked the ball around the offensive half. In the 52nd minute, a string of at least ten passes finished with an upper right corner shot from Kelly Irving to score the game winner. Irving had time for two touches at the top of the box. There was no question once her right footed shot left her boot.
The remainder of the second half was used to try out players who may be involved during the 2010 campaign. The match finished 2-1. The Sounders Women’s next match is an exhibition against Oregon State University on Sunday, May 2 at Starfire. Admission to the game will be just $1 for all ages. The game will be played on the north end of the Starfire Sports Complex, on field #11. For tickets and information, see www.SoundersWomen.com.