They beat Seattle University on Friday, on a warm sunny, spring night, in front of a lively crowd. Their passing was much more fluid, and looking more sharp in the second game of their early season. The team is still filled with trialists trying to earn their way on to the roster. The five UW players are not released to play yet, which is providing plenty of opportunity for the other players to show what they can bring to the Sounders Women. Melissa Busque (pronounced Boo-sk) continued to be a menace to the opposing back line. In the 31st minute, Busque took a long pass from Tafara Pulse, feigned a couple of moves and struck the first goal of the young season.
Sarah Cambell also continued to work hard and play smart. She is all over the field, making herself a target for the through balls, and shutting down opposing offensive breakaways. She reminds me of Keelin Winters a bit, with her hold up play, and high motor. She goes hard from whistle to whistle. Cambell scored the game winner in the 90th minute. Capitalizing on a defensive error by Seattle U. She is signed to the roster already, along with Busque, Erin McNulty, and defender Brigit Reder. Tafara Pulse was busy and played well, hoping to earn her spot on the 2013 roster. Megan Lindsay was also a bright spot for the Sounders Women. She peppered the goal with several attempts, and made the freshman keeper stay on her toes. Watch for super sub, 15 year old Maddie Shultz. She isn't signed yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if she finds her way on to the teams bench. She is feisty, busy and a pest to back lines.
After only a couple of weeks of practice together, and players still coming in for trials, the Sounders are looking promising. Once the roster solidifies, this team should be well appointed and able to contend in the W-League again this year. Three more players officially signed on Monday. All three are out of Texas Tech. Two defenders, Morgan Johnson and Jaelene Hinkle bring experience and scoring ability to the back line. That's right, they like to run forward and get into the offensive attack. Coach Hubert Busby Jr. seems to like this style of attacking play. They also signed a forward in Janine Beckie. Both Beckie and Hinkle have national team experience. Hinkle played on the U-17 and U-20 teams, and Beckie played with the U-18.
It's a quick turn around for the Sounders Women this week. They have a game at 7:00pm this Wednesday against Seattle Pacific. The game will once again be streamed via USL Live (here's the link). Parking is $5.00 at Starfire, so car pooling is always a good idea. We will have a game thread as well, so join us here.