Game of the Week (4/27): ERS vs Charas F.C.

ERS and Charas battled it out in this phenomenal Game of the Week. ERS controlled the first half, at one point holding a four-goal lead. But, Charas came steamrolling back in the second half, and the lead went back and forth.  With roughly 30 seconds to play, Charas got the tying goal that ultimately led to the result ending in an 8-8 draw. Check it out!

Sounders Women fall to the University of Washington in a 0-1 loss

This Friday evening, the Sounders Women played their second exhibition match versus the University of Washington. The University of Washington started strong, pressuring the Sounders with a wide header from Jaclyn Softli in the 7th minute and a cross-turned-shot from Chelsea Archer hitting the crossbar in the 10th minute. UW’s pressure resulted in an early goal from standout Softli, finishing a bouncing ball in the box for a goal in the 16th minute of the match.

The rest of the first half was characterized by more offensive threats from the University of Washington, with the Sounders keeper Jamie Arturs making impressive saves on attempts from Softli and Bennett in the 24th and 30th minute, respectively. Lydnsey Patterson produced the Sounders’ most dangerous attempt in the 38th minute, connecting with a cross from Kenya Cordner.

Following halftime, both teams held each other offensively, and there were no attempts on goal until Arturs made a beautiful save in the 68th minute, blocking an 8 yard shot from the University of Washington’s Amanda Perez.

The Sounders finished out the half with a strong offensive presence led by Cordner, and almost equalized in the final minute of the game on a wide shot from Patterson.

The early goal from Softli ended up being the lone goal of the game, and the University of Washington topped the Sounders in a 1-0 win. The Sounders continue to prepare for their W-League Season as they head in to their final preseason game versus Washington State University on April 27th.


Sounders Reserves top Seattle University 4-1 in Preseason Friendly

The sun was out and shining for the pre-season match between the Sounders Reserves and the Seattle University Redhawks on Monday. Hosted at the Starfire Soccer Complex, this game gave both teams a chance to face competition during the before their regular seasons begin. While the Reserves easily won 4 – 1, the game was hard fought and there was a sense of respect between the players.

For the beginning of the game the possession favored the Reserves, but the Redhawk defenders managed to keep them scoreless for the first 30 minutes. Until, however, Marco Pappa found the back of the net to put the Reserves up 1 – 0. Through the entire half the Reserves kept the Redhawks to only a single shot on goal, which was certainly the most impressive showing of the game. Center defender Zach Scott commanded the field with his voice, telling his teammates how much space they had, where to swing the ball to, and who they should cover. By the end of the half the Reserves had a 2-0 lead, but there were many missed opportunities.

At halftime the Reserves’ coaches told the players to clean up the offense and to work on the mental toughness of playing a full 90 minutes without any mistakes.

A minute into the second half the Reserves scored off a beautifully cross, which set the tone for the remainder of the game. The Redhawks eventually found a way to place the ball on frame and nearly scored on a few corner kicks. Yet the reserves continued the offensive onslaught as Cam Weaver took full advantage of his height by scoring his second header of the game. Nearing the end of the game, the crowd erupted when Redhawk forward Jeff Rose scored a laser of a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. But it was too little, too late for the outmatched Redhawks.

After the Reserves managed to score once more, the game ended with a score of 5-1. Both teams seemed to enjoy the friendly competition as they prepare for their own seasons ahead. Plus, it was sunny and warm outside so it really was a win-win for everyone!

Game of the Week (3/23): PLD FC vs Balls to the Face

Starfire gives long-time employee, Bryan Iotte, a little sendoff in this comical Game of the Week. Bryan’s PLD squad faced off against Balls to the Face in one of the last matches he will play at Starfire before heading out on a Brazilian adventure. We wish him the best of luck and offer a special thanks to Balls to the Face for humoring us. Hopefully you have all had a chance to interact with Bryan at work or at play here at Starfire. If you see him around, make sure to share with him some parting words! And, don’t worry, Bryan doesn’t really hate beloved League Manager, Steven Dahl.