SUMNER, Wash. – (U23 RELEASE) The Sounders U-23 battled the South Sound Shock to a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon in their first home match of the 2015 season. The exhibition match was hard fought on both sides, with both teams having had chances to win it at the end.
Match Report: SouthSoundFC.com
After threatening many times in the early stages of the match, the South Sound Shock got onto the scoreboard first in the 13th minute. Shock defender, Tyler John, was all the way up the right side of the field in an attacking position. He surprised the Sounders U-23 defense as they tried to clear the ball out of the penalty area, and deflected the clearance back in front of the net. John then ran onto his own deflection and beat the oncoming Sounders keeper, Doug Herrick, to the ball. He gave the ball a little flick that was perfectly weighted to clear Herrick’s reach and then slide into the net for the 1-0 score.
The Sounders U-23 had an excellent chance to equalize in the 33rd minute thanks to the right foot of Michael Bajza. The Sounders U-23 midfielder sent a beautiful sweeping ball into the box where he had his man, Derek Johnson, perfectly picked out. Between three defenders, Johnson leaped and directed his header toward goal, but the ball sailed over the bar and out for a goal kick. The two sides managed to keep each other out of the net as the half came to a close with a score of 1-0.
The Sounders U-23 leveled the match 15-minutes into the second half, capitalizing on a poor clearance from the South Sound defense. The Sounders U-23 sent a corner kick into the box that found half time substitute, Kissima Bojang, free at the top of the box. Bojang fired a low shot through the traffic in front of the goal. It looked for a moment like the Shock goalkeeper, Chris Kintz, had collected the ball, but it squirted out to a perfectly positioned Mo Dumbuya. The Sounders forward knew just what to do as he immediately swept the free ball into the net to tie the game at 1-1 in the 59th minute.
The match came to a close at a furious pace that saw several chances for the Sounders U-23 attackers to find a winning goal, as well as several yellow cards being issued to the South Sound players. However, it was not to be for either side as the final whistle blew with the score knotted at 1-1.
Next up for the Sounders U-23 is the PDL season opening game against the Calgary Foothills FC. The first match of the PDL season will be played on Sunday, May 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Sunset Stadium in Sumner, Wash. For information regarding tickets, visit SoundersU23.com or find us on Twitter and Facebook.