In this week’s Game of the Week, Money Shot and Supersonics battled it out in our Coed Outdoor league. With plenty of opportunities from both teams, Supersonics fell to Money Shot 2-0.
Seattle Reign Triumph over Chicago Redstars, 4-1
It was another beautiful Thursday evening at Starfire Stadium, as the women of the Seattle Reign were ready to encounter the women of the Chicago Red Stars. After a tough loss against FC Kansas City on July 20th, the Reign were looking to come back strong. As the fans settled down and the teams filed in, we were ready for the start of what would become a very exciting game.
There was a bit of a slow start on both ends, but eventually the Reign were able to take control. With the help of midfielder #15 Megan Rapinoe, the Reign absolutely dominated the possession of the ball for the entire game. Rapinoe was also responsible for a strong goal off of a free kick in the 6th minute of play. Following the goal by Rapinoe was an incredible play by midfielder #6 Kaylyn Kyle. In the 21st minute, Kyle scored off of a penalty kick fired into the top right corner, just out of reach for Red Stars’ keeper Erin McLeod. With all of this momentum and energy, the reign kept the upper hand and had a flawless first half.
As they returned to the field, the Reign were able to regain the control they previously had. Once again, Rapinoe took the lead and launched a fabulous shot right past McLeod in the 72nd minute. Directly following this goal was one of the twelve tremendous saves made by keeper #1 Hope Solo. Solo stopped a penalty kick in the 73rd minute and almost maintained a perfect game. Unfortunately, Chicago was able to sneak a goal past Solo, yet our Seattle Reign were able to continue to push ahead. A fourth and final goal was scored by #5 Liz Bogus in the 82nd minute. There were high fives all around, as both fans and players celebrate another strong win for the women of the Seattle Reign. The final score was 4-1, Reign.
Fans should be sure to come out and support the women in their final home game against the Portland Thorns FC on August 17th, here at Starfire Stadium. Single tickets are still available, so grab them quick!
Aggressive Game, yet Tough Loss for Sounders Reserves
It was another beautiful and sunny Sunday down at the Starfire Stadium, as the Seattle Sounders Reserves prepared to faceoff against the Colorado Rapids’ Reserves. Fans of all ages began to pile in and fill up the stadium, eager to watch a great match. Following kickoff was an aggressive start on both ends, with high intensity and focus that lasted throughout the match.
The Colorado Rapids offense put some serious pressure on the Sounders defenders from the very start, allowing them to score a tough goal in the 6th minute of play. Fortunately, the Sounders were able to fight back with all they had and did an excellent job of sending some pressure right back at the Rapids defense. After three shots on goal, the Sounders were able to score in the 12th minute with a stellar goal by Forward #22, Eriq Zavaleta. Zavaleta did a great job leading the offense in the first half with numerous of shots on goal. Unfortunately the Sounders were unable to keep this momentum up, as the Rapids fought back and drove down the field, only to score in the 12th minute as well. The Rapids ultimately maintained greater possession of the ball and conquered the passing game in the first half, leading 2-1.
At the Start of the second, Sounders offense came back strong, absolutely dominating the overall possession and really put the pressure on the Rapids defense. Forward #16, David Estrada did an absolutely magnificent job of controlling the offense and putting pressure on the Rapids’ keeper with shot after shot on target and a great assist. In the 72nd minute of play, Estrada broke away down field and assisted in a beautiful goal scored by #4, Patrick Ianni.
Despite their dominant second half, unfortunately the Sounders were unable to come out with a win. The final score of the match was Rapids 3, Sounders 2. Be sure to come out and support your Sounders Reserves as they kickoff on Monday, July 24, at 7 pm against Chivas USA, right here at Starfire Stadium.
Game of the Week (7/14): New Life vs. See Dilbert Run
Long-time Starfire indoor faithfuls, New Life and See Dilbert Run, faced off in our Coed 8v league in this week’s Game of the Week. It was a tight match, but See Dilbert Run would pull out the 5-3 win.
Seattle Reign continue their winning streak!
The Seattle Reign returned to Starfire Stadium Sunday night to continue their unbeaten streak of five games. The match would be televised live, the first for the league, on Fox Soccer. In anticipation for the game, tickets sold out with over 3000 fans in attendance. With the sun shining and a full stadium the Reign came ready to play.
The Washington Spirit entered the pitch with high intensity and dominated the first five minutes of play peppering Hope Solo with shots. In the 9th minute the Reign made an attacking run forward and earned the team a corner kick. Megan Rapinoe placed a lovely corner low and to the near post where the Spirit defender had to clear the ball out and denied Seattle of a goal. A short few minutes later there was a collision in the Reign penalty box and the referee awarded the Spirit a penalty kick. The Spirit converted and took the lead 1-0. In the 25th minute the Reign scored a lovely goal off a through pass from Fishlock, but they were unfortunately offsides and the goal was revoked. In the 30th minute Jessica McDonald fought for the ball, took a shot, and got a deflection off a defender for an own goal. McDonald was given credit for the goal and the Reign was back in the game! In the minutes following the first goal the Reign had found confidence and rhythm and they were putting a lot of pressure on the Spirit defense. In the 33rd minute Jessica McDonald again found the net off a header from Harris. With a 2-1 lead the Reign looked to keep possession of the ball and they did so magnificently. The Reign would go into half time with a 2-1 lead.
In the opening minutes of the second half the Reign had a few chances to score but the Spirit defense was able to clear the ball off the goal line to keep the game within reach. In the 57th minute Kaitlyn Kyle went up for a header and collided heads with Spirit Keeper Ali Kreiger. Both were able to stand up and walk off, but Krieger was later checked for concussions as it was a tough collision. With back and forth possession between both teams the scoring opportunities were equal amongst each other. In the 66th minute Rapinoe was able to find a small amount of space a rip a shot that just went wide of the upper right corner. The Spirit did not test Solo with any overly difficult saves in the second half and the entire team was able to preserve the 2-1 lead. The game would end in favor of the Reign and they would continue their winning streak in hopes of making the playoffs.
The Reign will travel to Kansas City this week for a mathc on Saturday July 20 against FC Kansas City. Check out the website for more details about how to follow the match live!
Reign come from behind to win!
With the anticipation of having Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, and Hope Solo all at Starfire Stadium fans poured out to Starfire to watch some of the national team perform.
As the sun was setting the Western New York Flash and Seattle Reign both took the field in front of a full crowd. Early on in the 5th minute Carli Lloyd of Flash ripped a shot that Hope Solo had to react quickly and smother . A short two minutes later Jess Fishlock recieved the ball in the attacking third and noticed that Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was off her line, Fishlock tried to take advantage of the setting sun and attempted to chip Franch. Fishlock was denied and the game remained at zeros. In the 10th minute a Flash defender played a long ball to center forward Wambach who out ran Kyle of the Reign. Wambach remained calm and squeezed the ball by Solo to put Flash in the lead. Reign responded well and in the 14th minute Fishlock found the ball in a scramble in front of net and ripped a shot into the net to bring the game to ones. The Reign kept peppering the Flash goal with shots but were unsuccessful in taking the lead until the 44th minute. Flash keeper, Franch had a poor clearance that found its way to Rapinoes’ feet. Rapinoe skillfully placed the ball into the net to put the Reign in the lead 2-1. The game would go to half time in favor of the Reign 2-1.
With the Flash being down a goal they came into the second half with great intensity. Right away they were testing Solo who had to tip the ball over the crossbar in the 46th minute. In the 48th minute Kaitlyn Kyle of the Reign drug down Wambach in the eighteen-yard box. The Flash was awarded a penalty kick, which Wambach took, and successfully finished. With the game even at 2-2 both teams were looking to find the third goal to take the lead. In the 67th minute McDonald of the Reign had a fabulous header but Franch came up big with a big save to keep the game tied. In the 82nd minute Nairn intercepted a pass from the Flash defense and found her teammate Reed who came streaking in at the back post. Reed remained composed and placed the ball into the net to take the lead for the Reign. In the 88th minute Reed who put her team in the lead, was able to keep her team in the lead with an amazing save off the goal line. The Reign remained calm and maintained their 3-2 lead. The game would end in favor of the reign 3-2.
The Reign return to Starfire Stadium on Sunday at 5:30 pm to take on Washington Spirit. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer but come experience the game live at Starfire Sports! Click here to buy your tickets for Sunday.
Sounders Women win in a nail biter!
Starfire Sports was full of people Friday night for the Sounders Women final home game of the season and the Sounders FC Cup. With a larger than average crowd the Sounders were ready to pull off a win for their home crowd. The game started off on the wrong note for the Sounders when the Heat scored 42 seconds into the game. The sun was just setting and they took advantage of that, chipping a ball in the air over Erin McNulty who was blinded by the sun. The unfortunate early goal silenced the crowd as many were in shock. The bad news continued for the Sounders when in the 9th minute McNulty couldn’t hold onto a ball that was ripped across the front of the net. The Heat forward found the rebound to put the ball in the back of the net. Being down 2-0 in the first ten minutes caused the Sounders to increase intensity and physicality. The game was aggressive between both teams with the Sounders being issued a yellow card in the 28th minute. In the stoppage time of the first half the Sounders continued to battle and were able to find the net just before the whistle blew. The game went to half with a score of 2-1 in favor of the Heat.
With renewed confidence after a late goal the Sounders came out fighting for another goal to tie the game. In the 52nd minute the Sounders were able to combine a few lovely passes, beat the Heat defense, and finish a lovely goal to tie of the game. In the 65th minute a Lyndsey Patterson of the Sounders was drug down in the box after receiving a cross from teammate Lindsey Elston, the crowd erupted feeling that the referees missed an opportunity to award the Sounders a penalty kick. A short time later the Sounders offense carried the ball forward and found Melissa Busque posted up in the goal mouth, with a lovely turn she was able to find space and fire a shot at the Heat keeper but while shooting she was fouled and awarded a PK this time. With the cheers of the crowd, Busque stayed calm and placed her PK beautifully in the side netting to take the lead for the Sounders. In the 75th minute McNulty had to pull the ball off her goal line as a Heat player tried to sneak it by her. This magnificent save kept the Sounders in the lead. Even with five minutes of stoppage time the Heat could not convert another goal and the Sounders would win the game 3-2. Some may say that this was the comeback of the century!
The Sounders will either finish first or second in their division and depending on where they finish will determine where they start their playoff season. The Sounders next game is July 14th in the Bay Area. Check out their website to watch a live stream of the game!
Seattle Reign held 1-1 against Boston Breakers
The weather is wonderful and the fans ready filled with excitement as Seattle Reign take on the Boston Breakers this afternoon. Seattle Reign are looking to carry the momentum forward from their last win just a few days ago. This game looks to be a promising one.
Things looked pretty even early on with both teams playing it safe opting to move the ball around and keep possession rather then push it forward. A Boston Breakers player was fouled in midfield and the ensuing free kick provided the first real chance of the game. The ball was played long into the box, on the head of an attacker who headed it well but Hope Solo parries it neatly. In the twenty eight minutes Seattle Reign’s Megan Rapone threaded a beautiful trough ball to forward Jessica McDonald which the keeper got to first, providing the Seattle first highlight of the game. A minute later Boston went on the offensive with a shot right outside the box. Hope Sole did a good job tipping it over the top of the bar. The ensuing corner proved to be more difficult to deal with by the Seattle Reign’s defense then it should have been as they scrambled to clear the ball after much hesitation in the box.
Seattle Reign had their second chance with some good passing on the flanks and a subsequent cross. Jessica Fishlock made a good effort to get to it but was easily plucked out the air by the goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher. The Boston Breakers had another chance come their way in the 42nd minute off a corner. The ball was cleared hastily right back into the legs of the kicker who had another chance to swing a good ball in. Joanna Lohman latched on to the ball for a powerful header but goalkeeper Hope Solo did equally well to parry it. Boston had another chance denied by Hope Solo in the 45th minute off a kick inside the 6-yard box. The last piece of action from the half came from the Seattle Reign off a fast break. Jessica McDonald passed it to Fishlock in the middle. Fishlock threaded another beautiful ball splitting two defenders as McDonald continued her run forward, shooting it wide off the post.
At halftime the score tied 0-0.
The second half started on a high note. Seattle Reign made their winning intentions known with some individual dribbling and crosses into the box seemingly warning their opponent of what is to come. Seattle had a good chance in the 50th minute. Jessica Fishlock played a good pass to Megan Rapone who played an excellent trough ball down the middle back to a speedy Fshlock, narrowly shooting it wide. Finally the deadlock was broken in the 54th minute. Seattle Reign’s midfielder Christine Nairn crossed the ball into the box, which was misjudged by the defense and landed neatly to the oncoming Jessica McDonald. McDonald controlled the ball with her chest and slotted it home. 1-0 Seattle Reign.
Seattle continued to pile on the pressure and was awarded a free kick from center field as a result. Jessica McDonald received the ball, played it left to left onto a sprinting Fishlock who shot it wide as the crowd gasp in awe. In the 56th minute Boston Breaker’s Maddy Evans managed to find her self unchallenged by the top of the box and took a shot that was comfortably saved by Hope Solo. That was not to be the case in the 62nd minute however after some poor defending by Seattle in the middle of the box allowed Boston to play the ball wide. She played a low cross across the goal for an easy tap in goal. The score is tied 1-1.
Seattle had two good chances to seal the game. The first coming from Megan Rapone who took an excellent shot from a long ball that was played to her only to be saved by the heroics of the goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher. Naeher, proved her solid self once again when she was called into action in the 62nd minute, making a fine finger tip save from a shot by Jessica McDonald which looked certain to be heading for the back of the net.
Both teams continued to press in the later stages in the game but with no real chances created. The game ended tied 1-1.
The Sounders fall 2-1 to Colorado
With near record breaking temperatures Sunday evening the Sounders Women welcomed the Colorado Rapids to Starfire Stadium. With the Sounders needing a win to guarantee a home playoff match, the game was sure to be competitive.
Possession was 50/50 for the majority of the first half. Neither team had any true scoring opportunities until the 27th minute when Sounders Rachel Merick lobbed a beautiful ball into the box where teammate Janine Beckie found the ball and had a powerful header on frame. Colorado keeper, Kate Scheele got her fingertips on the ball to give the Sounders a corner. The Sounders were not able to capitalize on the corner unfortunately. In the 30th minute Colorado played a brilliant through ball to Kristen Hamilton who beat the Sounder defense and was able to beat Sounders keeper, Erin McNulty at the far post. Colorado went up 1-0. Both teams went into half time hot and tired after a hard fought first half.
With temperatures dropping and shade covering the turf, both teams came out refreshed and ready to finish the game strong. Early in the second half the Sounders proved to the fans that they were looking for a goal to bring the game to a tie. The crowd was lively and enthusiastic despite the high temperatures! In the 56th minute the Rapids were able to beat the Sounders defense with combination of dribbling and a few lovely passes and preserve their lead of 2-0. Hamilton found the pass from teammate Brooke Spence. With back and forth possession between both teams the Sounders looked to push forward and bring the game within one. They were rewarded for their efforts in the 82nd minute when the Sounders were awarded and capitalized on a penalty kick. Sara Campbell remained cool under pressure and struck the ball beautifully past Scheele. Although the Sounders continued to press, the score would end 2-1 in favor of Colorado.
The Sounders are back at Starfire Stadium on July 5th. They will look to maintain their first place position in the W-League standings. The Sounders take on Santa Clarita at 7 pm. Come support your Sounders Women at their last home game of the season. Click here for tickets and further information.
Seattle Reign captures a 3-1 win over Chicago Red Stars
With the sun setting and the summer breeze blowing the Seattle Reign came to Starfire Stadium ready to continue their winning streak. With Megan Rapinoe as a substitute, the stadium was packed and full of enthusiasm!
Throughout the first half both teams were equally aggressive and possessing the ball well. The first scoring opportunity for the Reign came in the 24th minute with a side volley that Jessica Fishlock found off a cross from her teammate. The volley was placed just over the crossbar. With possession equally spilt between the two teams the next scoring opportunity did not come until the 36th minute with Fishlock finding the ball again for an attacking header on goal. Chicago keeper, Erin McLoed came up with the save to keep the game at 0’s. With the sun almost set, the game went to halftime with a score of 0-0.
Both teams came out rested, hydrated, and ready to score. In the 51st minute Seattle’s Kennya Cordner was drug down in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Katelyn Kyle beautifully placed the shot to put the Reign up 1-0. A few short minutes later Megan Rapinoe would make her first appearance at Starfire Stadium. The crowd erupted in cheers, which could be heard all over the Starfire campus. In the 59th Fishlock found the opportunity to chip McLeod and did so beautifully. Fishlock’s goal put Seattle up by two. The half continued with the Reign possessing the ball for the majority of the half. In the 84th minute Michelle Wenino of Chicago was able to capitalize on a Chicago corner to bring the game within one. In the closing minutes of the match Christine Nairn of Seattle found space on the field to attack Chicago. She placed a lovely through ball to Rapinoe, who then beat the defense with a simple cut and shot to the back post. Chicago had no chance to stop the shot and the Reign went up 3-1. The game would end seconds after Rapinoe scored with a score of 3-1.
The Seattle Reign will be back at Starfire on July 3rd against the Boston Breakers with kickoff at 7 pm. Click here to buy your tickets. Come and join us!
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