Both teams featured for the Game of the Week were pumped up for this fierce match up! The absence of the Astroblasters’ starting goalie caused them to improvise and use one of their other players. Do you think this will make or break the team? Watch and find out!
In this week’s GOTW, we surely did witness the fitness in our coed 11v11 soccer league! Catz and Witness the Fitness both played tough, but Witness the Fitness showed off their fitness by scoring 2 more goals, and logging the 3-1 victory.
Quite the high-scoring game for this week’s GOTW! Both teams in the Men’s C North indoor soccer league put up some impressive goals on the scoreboard, but ultimately FC Toyota maintained their 3-goal lead to secure the win.
It was a tough match today in the NWSL Championship between the Seattle Reign FC and Kansas City FC.
In the first half, there were many opportunities for the Reign and many shots on goal. None, however made it inside the net. Seattle dominated Kansas City with great ball movement, skills, and hard work out on the pitch and things were looking good. However, the first goal in the 22nd minute scored by KC put Kansas ahead of Seattle midway through the first half. It was a nice shot by Amy Rodriguez. Seattle continued to fight with many shots and some great crosses in front of the goal but could not finish them off. Jessica Fishlock was able to make some attempts at goal and some great plays to her teammates. Megan Rapinoe with her footwork, looked to pass the ball off as she ran down the field creating more opportunities for Seattle.
Starting off the second half, Reign continued to pressure Kansas City with more opportunities inside the box, including a foul at the top of the box and a free kick for Fishlock. It wasn’t enough, though as KC FC scored their second goal in the 56th minute of the game giving Rodriguez her second goal of the day. Seattle played even harder, firing one shot after another on frame. One finally makes it in after 87 minutes, a beautiful goal by Rapinoe putting the Reign up on the board! In the last few minutes, Seattle fights to score their second goal to tie it all up, but is unable to find the net. Seattle Reign put up a great fight against Kansas City in the championship match, but came up short of a win.
The Sounders won their fifth round Open Cup match-up tonight in an extremely memorable fashion. A sold-out, sunny Starfire Stadium set the stage for a battle against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The score line opened up in the 24th minute, as Steven Lenhart ripped a volley from outside the box for a San Jose goal.
Seattle didn’t stay quiet for long though, and followed up with another goal just two minutes later in the 26th minute, as Kenny Cooper finished the equalizer set up by Lamar Neagle.
The next 64 minutes were back and forth between the two teams, but while both teams had great chances, Seattle outshot the Earthquakes 31-15.
The teams remained tied throughout all of extra time as well, so it was penalty kicks that were going to be the deciding factor.
The Sounders finished all four of their penalty kicks, while San Jose made only two, with one being saved by Marcus Hahnemman and the other hitting the post.
It was Lamar Neagle’s kick that sent the Sounders through to the next round of the US Open Cup, hosting Cascadia Cup rival Portland Timbers here at Starfire on July 9th.
Check out pictures from the match in the gallery below!
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.
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!
Check out 50 minutes of a very intense match between Northwest FC and Thirsty Thursday in our Thursday Coed outdoor league.
It was a lovely evening for the Seattle Sounders Reserves to return to Starfire Stadium. They played a challenging match against the Chivas USA Reserves. The Sounders were hopeful for redemption, after a rough (3-2) loss against the Colorado Rapids Reserves last Monday. Fortunately, the Sounders put up a solid fight and were successful.
From the start of the match through the end of the first half, both teams struggled to control the possession of the ball. After much back and forth between both teams, the Chivas were able to fight off the Sounders’ defense in the 33rd minute of play and Forward #6 Jose Manuel was able to send one past the Sounders’ Keeper. In the 37th minute, Chivas’ Manuel was successful in scoring a goal off of a free kick that flew into the top right corner, just out of the Keeper’s reach. The Sounders were really starting to feel the pressure. Luckily, the Sounders’ offense did an excellent job of picking up the slack. Chivas’ Keeper #24 Patrick McLain was quick on his feet and did an excellent job of tending the goal; however, a break-away by Forward #16 David Estrada in the 43 minute resulted in an outstanding goal by Forward #22 Eriq Zavaleta. The Sounders finished the first half trailing the Chivas, with a score of 2-1.
As they entered the second half, it was apparent that the Sounders had increased their intensity and focus. Immediately, the communication was clearer and the passing game was improved. They were able to regulate the possession of the ball and make smarter plays. In the 61st minute, Sounders Midfielder #23 Servando Carrasco scored off of a penalty kick and was able to tie up the game. The Sounders continued to push hard and play smart. In the 80th minute, Zavaleta was able to score once again and help the Sounders push ahead. The final score was 3-2, Sounders.
The Sounders Reserves will return to Starfire Stadium on August 26tth at 7:00 PM to play the Vancouver Whitecaps.