ISSAQUAH, WA — Soccer coaches are always searching for difference-makers. Players who can make that special moment happen with their extra skill, class and composure on the ball. Last year one of those difference-makers for Issaquah SC was Kennya Cordner. The team can now add in another with UW’s Jaclyn Softli. On Friday night at Issaquah High School Cordner picked up right where she left off in 2012 by providing two goals as the Seattle Reign Reserves presented by Issaquah Soccer Club scored a 3:0 win over their rivals from Emerald City FC in both sides’ WPSL season debuts. Softli notched the winning goal and added two assists.
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Cordner is a Trinidad & Togabo national-teamer and also has seen time with the Brisbane Roar Women in Australia. She brought an extra level of skill that froze the Emerald City defense. The Reign Reserves scored in the 5th, 32nd and 60th minutes. Cordner collected two of them. UW’s Jaclyn Softli notched a goal and assisted on both of Cordner’s scores. Her fifth-minute tally stands as the match-winner.
Jaclyn Softli (UW) scored from an Emma Follis (Aston Villa) cross early on (match winner). Kennya Cordner (T & T) scored from Softli’s cross before halftime. Cordner then scored from Softli’s touch to complete the win in the second half.
“We are happy with the strong start and proud of the ladies for setting a high tempo and work rate straight away. We plan to focus on keeping better possession of the ball and getting more familiar with how each other plays,” said Reign Reserves head coach Erin Redwine.
Cordner is used to scoring goals. She netted nine in one match in qualifying play for her country back in 2011.
“It was one of those games where we had the majority of possession in both halves,” says Taylor, “but didn’t have enough quality on that final pass or shot. They had a few special players that made the most of their opportunities on goal. We’re glad to be able to get back on the field right away tomorrow in our home opener and improve in some of the areas that we need to. We’ll also look forward to the rematch in July at the end of the regular season.”
It was the first-ever win in the series between the two city rivals. Last year the clubs played to two 1:1 draws in the span of a week. It was also the first win for a club wearing “Seattle Reign” on its jerseys on Seattle soil. The Issaquah parent club Seattle Reign FC of the professional NWSL are winless after eight matches in their debut season.
Seattle Reign FC Reserves are now 1-0-0 in the WPSL Northwest Division. Emerald City FC are 0-0-1.
Emerald City FC hosts the Westside Timbers of Portland on Sunday June 2 at 3 PM at Rainier Beach High School.
The Reign Reserves next play in Oregon June 8 and 9 when they visit the Westside Timbers and Tualatin Hills United Diamonds.
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