Sounders Finish Exhibition Season with High Quality Win
Sounders 1 – 0 Washington
May 6, 2010 – Starfire Stadium
SoundersWomen.com – The Seattle Sounders Women played their first match of the 2010 season in their home stadium at Starfire. The game was about a community competition between veterans (Sounders) and youth (UW). It was also about team development and non-conference individual progression. All of the elements that were focused upon by the Sounders Women coaching staff before the game had check marks next to them at the end of the match. In addition, the crowd of nearly 600 fans in mixed Sounders and Huskies fans were delighted by a competitive game that was up for grabs until the final whistle.
The lone goal of the match was scored by M’ily Reiter in the 64th minute. Reiter, a recent Seattle University graduate, was the quickest to react to the knock down from Justi Baumgardt’s corner kick. The corner was tight enough to the goal to force the Washington goalkeeper, Kari Davidson, to punch the ball to the back post where it was deflected back in front. Reiter got just enough on the ball to evade the keeper and defenders on route to the net.
The game was largely controlled by the more experienced Sounders who were especially dominant in the first half. Justi Baumgardt, who was named the MVP Physical Therapy Player of the Game, created from midfield opening up chances for the Sounders in attack. Baumgardt had a few especially nice passes through to Erin Redwine who was denied by multiple fantastic saves from Jorde LaFontaine-Kussman in the UW goal. LaFontaine-Kussman is working her way back after a battle with cancer and if not for her effort in goal, the score could have been 3-0 at halftime. In fact, in the 25th minute, it was her reaching save that touched away Baumgardt’s best shot of the night. The left footed midfielder for the Sounders found space near the left corner of the box and sent a bending shot into the opposite upper V. LaFontaine-Kussman got her outstretched hand to the ball to keep the two teams tied.
The Sounders shutout will be shared by Katie Hutlin and Maddy Dickinson who each played a half in net. The only 3 players who played the entire match for the Sounders were their two center backs (Jamie Coe and Katie Warner) and the goal scorer, M’ily Reiter. Coe and Warner were as deserving of the shutout as Reiter was of her goal. The Sounders defense did a fine job of stifling Kate Deines and the UW attack except for a few chances in the 2nd half in which the Huskies couldn’t convert. Dickinson, the 2nd half Sounders GK made a fantastic diving save to her right with less than 10 minutes remaining in the match.
This match was the last game in the exhibition season for the Sounders Women and for the Huskies. The Sounders will next take the field for the W-League regular season on May 28 against the Fort Collins Force. The match will be a 7:30pm kickoff at Starfire. Tickets are available for $10-adults and $5-students on SoundersWomen.com