TUKWILA, WA—(club release)The Sounders Women (10-1-1) have clinched the top spot in the Western Conference and host the Colorado Pride this Saturday, July 18th at 3pm at Starfire Sport Complex. The 3pm time will give the Sounders fans a full day of Rave Green with the women playing at 3pm and the Sounders FC first team playing that night at 7pm at Century Link Field.
The winner of the Western Conference Championship will advance to the 2015 W-League Championship held in Laval, Quebec over July 24-26. The only two blemishes on the Sounders Women record this season were a 2-2 draw with the Rush and a drubbing from the Pride at 1-5. The game on Saturday represents the two best teams from the Western Conference and is sure to entertain fans.
“We are proud of the work and commitment the women have done thus far,” explained Hubert Busby Jr., Sounders Women Head Coach, “We know the weekend match will be a fight to reach the final four. We look forward to the game on Saturday.”
The Sounders Women held a youth clinic for the Mercer Island Football Club on Saturday, July 11th in lieu of the final game of the year against the Arizona Strikers as Arizona was not able to make the trip. All tickets sold for the match against the Arizona Strikers on July 11th are good for the playoff match against the Colorado Pride on July 18th.
The Colorado Pride finished the regular season at 9-2-1 and handed the Sounders Women their only loss on the year. With 18 goals, Tara Andrews led the Pride from the offensive side and will surely factor into the game on Saturday. Britt Eckerstrom landed a 0.635 goals against average between the pipes on the season so the Sounders Women will need to bring the guns to put up numbers on the day. With a 5 game unbeaten streak to end the Western Conference regular season, Sian Hudson’s Pride are hitting on all cylinders.
The Sounders Women have been equally impressive with many players registering goals for Busby’s side. Rose Lavelle has 7 goals on the year followed closely by Janelle Flaws with 6, Cali Farquarson and Ashley Clark with 5, and Brianna Hooks and Mele French hammering home 4 goals apiece. Kathryn Scheele has taken the majority of the game minutes between the posts for the Sounders Women but both Emily Boyd and Rose Hull have played multiple games in goal to help the women to the top spot in the conference. A stellar defensive effort from McKenzie Berryhill, Nicole Waters and the rest of the Sounders Women has highlighted Busby’s team first approach.
First kick is 3pm this Saturday, July 18th at Starfire Sports Stadium for the right to travel to the W-League Championship. Tickets are available at http://www.sounderswomen.com. All tickets are flex tickets so any ticket purchased and not used during the year may be used for this playoff game.
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