Sunday’s game was a much more fun to listen. Yes, the games are on radio now. The Colorado weather cooled off a bit for this game. With a strong breeze and cloud cover, the Sounders were able to play without melting like they did on Saturday. With Keelin Winters jetting off to start the next stage of her soccer career in Germany, the midfield took on more of a box shape for this game. Katie Hultin got the start again in goal. Kelli Smith, Kate Deines, Stephanie Cox, and Annie Sittauer formed the back line. Lyndsay Elston and Julia Roberts got the start as the holding midfielders, while Sophie Reiser and Veronica Perez played just in front of them. The two forwards were Allie Beahan and Victoria Frederick. Big shout out to the Jet City Aux for singing, drumming and bringing the Seattle touch to the game, clearly they are the best supporters in the W-League.
The scoring started off in the 9th minute with Veronica Perez’s first goal of the afternoon. The assist goes to Annie Sittauer. Sittauer passed across the box, and the Rush keeper, Megan McCain couldn’t handle the ball. Veronica was there to clean it up for the first goal. She very nearly picked up her second goal less than five minutes later, but it hit the post and bounced into McCains’ hands.
The Rush were not going to go down without a fight, and scored the equalizer on somewhat of a bicycle kick from a corner in the 18th minute. Hultin didn’t really have a chance on that one. Danica Evans scored her fourth goal of the season for the Rush.
In the 25th minute, Perez was in the hunt again, but McCain was up to the challenge. In the 30th minute, Lyndsay Elston took a shot from about 25 yards out, but again McCain handled it easily. The Sounders kept the pressure on, peppering the goal with shots every few minutes. The Rush were allowed to counter a few hair raising times, but Katie Hultin was able to keep the ball out. In the 40th minute, Sophie Reiser was taken down by the keeper, and was granted a penalty kick. Perez stepped up and took the PK, which was initially saved by McCain’s feet, but Veronica followed her own shot and smacked it in for her second goal of the match.
In the 52nd minute, Lyndsey Patterson crossed the ball to Veronica Perez for her third goal of the match. This is her second hat trick of the season. Saturda, Perez was slowed by a nasal infection and the heat. No problem with that Sunday. In the 54th minute, Allie Beahan slid behind their backline and took a nice shot on goal. It bounced off the left post. The Sounders continued to dominate the majority of the game.
In the 74th minute, Lyndsay Patterson got her second assist of the game by flicking it on to the far post to Megan Manthey. That was Megan’s third goal of the season. Veronica Perez started that play by making a great run and cross to Patterson. I like it when she feels good.
The game was closed out with a nasty shot on goal in the 87th minute by the Rush’s Danica Evans but Katie Hultin laid out and made the outstanding fingertip save. The Rush harassed Hultin’s goal in the final few minutes without success, including having McCain run into the Sounder’s box for a last ditch full press corner kick. The Sounders picked up a very important three points to solidify their second place in the Western Conference.
Next up for the Sounders Women is a home match against the Victoria Highlanders at Starfire. Match time is 7:00pm. You can purchase tickets at SoundersWomen.com here. You can also find game day links to the radio/video feeds of the game on the Sounders Women website. Follow along with a live game thread on SounderAtHeart.com as well. This is the final home match of the season. If they manage to hold onto second place at the end of the season, they will face the number one team (Pali Blues undoubtedly), in a one game playoff match. If they win that match, the Sounders would be off to Ottawa for the finals.