The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
It was a perfect weekend for the two new Puget Sound Women’s Premier Soccer League clubs. On Friday Issaquah SC opened with a 3:0 victory, and Saturday afternoon in the bright sun Emerald City FC debuted with a 2:0 triumph. Wilson Tsoi has a recap from Interbay along with a set of spectacular photos of the ECFC match against Oregon’s Eugene Metro FC Azul.
Photos and report by Wilson Tsoi
May 26, 2012, Seattle, Wash. – Sporting emerald green uniforms, Emerald City FC opened its 2012 WPSL debut campaign with a 2:0 home victory against the visiting Eugene Metro FC Azul at a sunny Interbay Stadium.
See 40 match photos from WIlson Tsoi HERE.
From the first whistle, the host team continually applied offensive pressure and kept Eugene on its heels. ECFC finally broke through at 23’ mark when Western Washington University’s Megan Chapin’s shot from top left of penalty box found the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Faustine Dufka (UW).
Three minutes later, ECFC almost doubled their advantage when Jessica Carlson maneuvered past the Eugene goalkeeper, whom had come out of the box, but missed low to the left by just half a foot.
Emerald City tried to take a commanding 2:0 lead at halftime but Hillary Zevenbergen’s 22-yarder sailed inches above Eugene crossbar at 36’ mark.
Playing in its second game in as many days, Eugene Metro FC started off second half with a stretch of spirited advances into ECFC territory, but a stout defensive line kept all the potentially dangerous situations under control.
Emerald City’s second goal would finally come at the 62’ mark when the University of Washington’s Lindsey Bos crossed from the left wing to Megan Chapin whom in turn one touched a pass to an unmarked Taylor Culver (College of Idaho) for a shot just outside box.
ECFC continued its dominating play and produced yet more scoring opportunities in the form of two consecutive corner kicks at 76’, but the chances went unfulfilled.
Eugene’s last chance to avoid a shutout was at 89’ mark, but Emerald City goalkeeper Liz Ruiz made a save look routine and posted a clean sheet in her first outing.