BELLINGHAM, WA—(club release) Over 600 people watched the Sounders Women win against the Colorado Pride on Sunday, June 14th in Bellingham, Washington. The game was played at Civic Stadium in Bellingham as part of the club initiative to reach out to clubs and areas and give young players the opportunity to see high level women’s soccer in Washington State. The Whatcom Ranger’s youth club hosted the game and offered the opportunity to watch the game and give opportunities for young players to get involved. Sounders Women head coach, Hubert Busby Jr. also serves as the Technical Director for the Whatcom Club.
The game started with physical battles across the park with McKenzie Berryhill receiving a yellow card early for a hard tackle. The altercation was followed quickly by a Janelle Flaws miss on a feed from Rose Lavelle. The Sounders Women pressed hard to find the first goal and Cali Farquarson hammered home a corner kick placed well by Lavelle. As the game progressed, the physical nature was again apparent as the Pride earned a penalty kick before half time and Elizabeth Madjarac finished to make it 1-1.
Kate Scheele had a big night making saves to keep the game level while the Sounders Women looked to counter and find the winning goal. The game as billed as the top game of the week and it delivered with attacks regularly buzzing from one end of the park to the other. The half time score had the teams level at 1.
In the 52nd minute, the Sounders Women broke free on a run by Brianna Hooks. Rachel Pittman played a nice ball in and Hooks smacked the net to make it 2-1 Sounders Women. Yellow cards were handed out again as the game remained physical with both teams fighting for the top spot in the Western Conference standings.
The final 20 minutes of the second half saw the Pride pushing forward to find the equalizer and the Sounders Women holding on to finish the game. Saves by Scheele and stellar defensive performances from the Sounders Women as a group highlighted the end of a winning day for the Sounders Women. The final score was 2-1 for the Sounders Women. The two Western Conference foes will meet again in Colorado on July 3rd.
The Sounders Women take the week off of W-League play to head to Calgary to play the Calgary Foothills women this weekend in an exhibition game on Saturday, June 20th. They return to league play against the Colorado Rush on June 28th at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington.
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