Seattle’s five-match unbeaten streak snapped at home
Seattle Sounders Women 1:3 Vancouver Whitecaps
TUKWILA, Wash. – Two first-half goals, one off a converted penalty kick stemming from a controversial call in Seattle’s box was the insurance the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps needed to pull away early, downing the Sounders Women 3:1.
“They scored early,” said Seattle goalkeeper Katie Hultin. “Unfortunate PK they had, it’s difficult to go down two goals.”
Called for a hold, Sounders Women defender Beth Drollinger triggered the penalty kick in the 33rd minute. After protests came from the Seattle bench and a meeting between the match’s referee and one of his assistants, Whitecaps defender Emily Zurrer capitalized in the 34th minute, burying her second goal of the night.
“She was grabbing my jersey,” said Drollinger. “I pulled on her arm to get it off my jersey and that’s when she pulled away and flopped.”
“I didn’t see much,” said Hultin.
“I saw pretty clean soccer. That is soccer. It’s pretty physical.”
Vancouver picked up its first goal of the match in the seventh minute, when Zurrer inked her first of her two goals in the scorer’s book on a low dribbler sent into the right corner of the net amidst a sea of Seattle defenders and Vancouver teammates.
Dictating the flow of the match, the Whitecaps (4-0-2) tacked on a second insurance score. Striking from 22 yards out, midfielder Kara Lang found the back of the net from beyond the right corner of the box.
Seattle (0-1-5) picked up a late score in the 83rd minute, when forward Jocelyn Charette took Vancouver goalkeeper Shavon Chamberlain’s deflection of a header and placed it in the back of the net, cutting the Sounders Women’s deficit to two.
“The ball got crossed in and before it got crossed in I knew I had to get there,” said Charette.
Initially down one, Seattle failed equalize in the 12th minute by leaving a loose ball on the doorstep of the crease. Seattle’s Drollinger sent a long cross into the box from the right corner where the Whitecaps’ Chamberlain couldn’t get a hold of the ball, batting it around. After deflecting it off the crossbar, Seattle rushed to the loose ball but Chamberlain was finally able to secure it after diving to the turf seconds before could challenge for the shot.
The Sounders Women saw one more opportunity to draw blood go awry, coming in the 55th minute, when forward Claire Morgan airmailed a close-range shot in the goal box over the crossbar.
“We got the potential to put the goals in the back of the net,” said Seattle’s Hultin. “It’s a tough loss, it hurts.”
Seattle’s starting lineup: 1 (GK) Katie Hultin, 2 (D) Beth Drollinger, 10 (D) Jamie Coe, 17 (D) Katie Warner, 18 (M) Kelsey Jenkins, 19 (M) Megan Miller, 23 (M) Kelli Smith, 7 (M) Justi Baumgardt-Yamada, 9 (M) Tafara Pulse, 11 (F) Jocelyn Charette, 22 (F) Erin Redwine
Vancouver’s starting lineup: 1 (GK) Shavon Chamberlain, 2 (D) Emily Zurrer, 16 (D) Robyn Gayle, 21 (D) Danielle Sweeney, 19 (D) Martina Franko, 18 (M) Monica Lam-Feist, 17 (M) Chelsea Stewart, 13 (M) Sophie Schmidt, 6 (F) Amy Vermeulen, 10 (F) Jodi-Ann Robinson, 14 (F) Melissa Tancredi
In the 32nd minute, Seattle’s Megan Miller picked up a yellow card…The 69th minute saw Vancouver’s Robyn Gayle get a yellow card…One minute later Whitecaps goalkeeper Shavon Chamberlain earned a yellow card…Vancouver picked up another yellow card, this time in the 86th minute by midfielder Kara Lang…One last yellow card was assessed to the Whitecaps when forward Kirsteen Buchan picked one up in the 90th minute…Seattle’s next home match at Starfire Sports Complex is June 25 against the Pali Blues. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.SoundersWomen.com and at Starfire on the night of the game.