The Sounders Women (19pts, 6-3-1) played their hearts out against Colorado Rush (18 pts, 5-3-3) on Wednesday night at Trailblazer stadium finding the net in the 90th minute. The final score ended in a 1-1 draw but felt like it had plenty more goals in it.
Throughout the 90 minutes of the match, runs were being made, crosses were being crossed, and Sounders possession was visibly seen. Seattle improved to a third place ranking, while Rush remained fifth in the Western Conference. With Rush beginning the scoring in the 27th minute, Seattle was kept on the edge of their seats at halftime. Receiving a penalty kick in the 90th minute, the Sounders were able to equalize the score.
The Sounders Women came to the first half of the match with energy. Seattle kept the ball on Rush’s half of the field for the first two minutes of the game, and tallied 13 shots to the Rush’s nine.
The Sounders had the first chance of the night to get on the scoreboard. In the 6th minute, Seattle maintained possession of the ball from midfield, passing between midfielder Joana Houplin, forward Lyndsey Patterson and forward Ifeoma Onumonu into Rush territory. Onumonu drilled a shot to far post but was inches shy of leading the scoreboard.
Colorado Rush began the scoring in the 27th minute. Forward Gabbi Miranda crossed the ground ball to the right side of the penalty box where forward Sid Otto chipped it right out of goalkeeper Anna Picarelli’s reach—into the top right corner of the net.
Rush lead the halftime score 0-1.
The first ten minutes of the second half resulted in a look-alike game of Ping-Pong. Both teams seemed to be equally matched and possession was kept on both sides of the field.
In the 55th minute, midfielder Lauren Kaskie sent a fiery shot on goal from 20 yards out forcing Picarelli to make a fantastic save.
To retaliate, forward Jaclyn Softli crossed an airborn ball in the 60th minute to midfielder Emma Follis who sent a direct ball just shy of near post.
With another attempt to equalize the score in the 73rd minute, Softli sent a through ball to substitute M’ily Reiter who drilled a shot inches from far post for no goal.
In the 87th minute Pitman creates space from 30 yards out on the right flank and sends in a fizzing cross to Elise Wyatt, but the Rush goalie got two hands on it to make the save just above Wyatt’s head.
Emma Follis took control at the top of the box and beat one defender in the 90th minute. As she slid the ball back outside to beat a second defender, she was pulled down from behind. Her speed in attack left the defenders with no other choice. Jaclyn Softli calmly took the PK, going top right and easily beating the Rush keeper Sabrina Macias.
For the W-League playoffs, the first and second ranked seeds will compete against each other, in which the winner will advance to the National Final Four in Tampa, Florida.
The Sounders will compete in their second to last match of the 2014 W-League season against Colorado Pride (22pts, 7-2-1) on July 11. For match coverage and details, visit SoundersWomen.com, follow @SoundersWomen on Twitter or ‘Like’ Seattle Sounders Women on Facebook.
Rush: Sid Otto (Gabbi Miranda) — 27th minute
Sounders Women: Jaclyn Softli (Penalty Kick) — 90th minute
Seattle Sounders Women: Anna Picarelli, Rachel Pitman, Rachel Melhado, Brooke Gilbert, Cara Ledman (Elise Wyatt- 71st minute), Emma Follis, Kellyn Farrell (Olivia Mackey- 87th minute), Joana Houplin (M’ily Reiter- 52nd minute), Jaclyn Softli, Ifeoma Onumonu, Lyndsey Patterson (Kelsey Hodges- 89th minute)
Substitutes Not Used: Kayla Klim, , Kimmie Krauss
Colorado Rush: Sabrina Macias, Elizabeth Raben, Lauren Kaskie (Havana McElvaine- 85th minute), Sid Otto (Rachel Collins- 85th minute), Meghan Schnur (Morgan Stanton- 68th minute), Jacy Drobney, Civana Kuhlman (Kelci Newlin- 89), Morgan Kennedy, Carson Pickett, Danica Evans, Gabbi Miranda
Substitutes Not Used: Jenna Geist, Becca Rassmusen, Kahlia Hogg
Time of Game: 6:00 p.m. MST
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial