TUKWILA, WA—(club release)The Colorado Rush came to town to play the Sounders Women in a battle for playoff positioning in the Western Conference of the W-League. With a record of 6-1-1, the Colorado Rush are primed to make it difficult for the Sounders Women to finish in one of the two top spots in the Western Conference and get into the playoffs.
The Sounders Women sit with a 7-0-1 record following the match with the Rush and control their destiny for playoff contention. The Sounders Women play all three Colorado teams in the coming week on a mid country swing that will test the depth of the squad for head coach Hubert Busby Jr. The Sounders Women start with the Colorado Pride who are also in playoff contention with a record of 7-2-0, then travel to play the Colorado Storm and finish with the Colorado Rush on July 7th all over a 6 day span.
The game between the teams entered half time at 0-0. Coach Busby subbed Cali Farquarson, leading scorer for the Sounders Women at 5 goals on the season, for Rose Lavelle at the break. The game seemed to change in the Sounders Women favor as they were rewarded with a penalty and Mele French calmly slotted home the ball to give the women in green a 1-0 lead. The entrance of Lavelle paid dividends in the 74th minute when Lavelle fed Jannelle Flaws for her 4th goal on the year. Sounders Women were now up 2-0. The score would stay at 2-0 until 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Colorado Rush capitalized on two well struck set pieces and Morgan Kennedy and Elizabeth Raben scored to level the game. The final score was 2-2 between two teams fighting for playoff spots.
The Rush play the Colorado Storm before they play the Sounders Women again on July 7th. Following these two games, the Rush play Santa Clarita and the Colorado Pride to finish their campaign. The Sounders Women play one final game after the three game Colorado trip at home versus the Arizona Strikers. One thing is for sure, each game matters and points are hard to come by in this tough division.
Tickets for the home game against the Arizona Strikers on July 11th can be found at http://www.sounderswomen.com. This game is the Mercer Island FC night with the Sounders Women!
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