The Seattle Sounders Women of the W-League recorded a second straight 0-0 draw against a Pac-12 school as they played to a scoreless tie with Oregon on Sunday at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell. Previously the Sounders drew 0-0 with the Washington Huskies.
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Report from the Sounders Women:
We now have three friendly games in the books for the Seattle Sounders women, three Pac-12 opponents, and three draws. The latest came Sunday as the Sounders battled to a scoreless final with the Oregon Ducks at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell. The match also served as a reunion for Bree Roe, now a defender for the Sounders but a former Oregon Duck.
The shut-out of Oregon is the second of the pre-season for goal keeper Caroline Stanley. This one follows her scoreless performance against University of Washington. Stanley was sharp in goal, especially in the second half which included a spectacular diving save in the 68th minute to keep the match tied.
The first half was mostly spent in the middle third with both teams defending well. Seattle once again showed the ability to apply offensive pressure with two shots in the 27th minute which were turned away. One minute later the Ducks had their first good opportunity with a free kick from 30 yards out. Seattle stopped a very accurate pass to the middle before Oregon could get a shot on goal.
After half-time, Seattle stepped up the pressure and much of the half had Oregon looking to get the ball past midfield. The save of the game may have come in the 55th minute when Kayti Simonson drilled a low shot to the right of Oregon goalkeeper Katie McCormick and she went into a full extension dive to stop the shot.
McCormick and her Oregon defense stood up as the Sounders spent nearly the entire final four minutes and all of stoppage time attacking Oregon in their end.
It was a solid performance and that fact was not lost on Sounders head coach Hubert Busby, Jr. who credited the players on the pre-season roster.
“It’s always great when you have players try out for the team and give you difficult decisions to make,” explained Busby. With just one friendly remaining, Busby said the Sounders are still without 95% of the players he expects to be on the team when the league season kicks off.
Normally that wouldn’t be much time to swap out almost an entire roster but Busby notes the Sounders plug-and-play program and seemed confident that will not be an issue. From what the Sounders have shown so far, Busby’s biggest concern maybe trying to figure out who makes the cut.
Seattle’s next two matches are on the road, May 9 against Central Washington University and they open up league play against Arizona May 24 at Desert Sun Stadium. The Sounders next home action comes on Thursday May 30 as they host the Colorado Storm at Starfire Stadium. Season and single game tickets are available at www.sounderswomen.com.
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