The Sounders Women (15pts, 5-3-0) fell short of a win against first place in the Western Conference, LA Blues (30pts, 10-0-0), on a beautiful night at Starfire Stadium. The Blues began the scoring, and the Sounders ended the scoring in the first half — leaving the remainder of the match a mystery. Seven minutes before the final whistle, LA clenched the game-winning goal, 1-2.
With a shaky start to the match for Seattle, a tough battle was fought and persistent pressure was applied throughout a majority of the game with 10 shots respectively.
In the 13th minute, the Sounders had their first chance of the night to get on the scoreboard. Midfielder Taylor Comeau sent a through ball straight to midfielder Lyndsey Patterson’s foot in the 18-yard box. Patterson beat Blue’s Keeper, and drilled a shot toward goal but hit far post for no goal.
The LA Blues opened up the scoring in the 16th minute. Forward Elizabeth Eddy who was in the 18-yard box tapped a ball to forward Katherine Stengel whom launched the groundball to the top left corner of the net, just out of Sounders goalkeeper Anna Picarelli’s reach.
Up until the 13th minute of the match, Seattle seemed a bit flustered and unable to keep possession of the ball. Upon receiving their first opportunity to score, control of the match was equalized and Seattle took merely two less shots than LA in the first half.
Seattle received a free kick in the 33rd minute in Blue’s territory. Midfielder Sharis Lachappelle bent a fiery ball to the far post where Jaclyn Softli headed it home for an equalizer goal.
The halftime score ended in a 1-1 draw.
In the 59th minute, Picarelli made a fantastic save when forward Kandace Love drilled a shot from inside of the 18-yard box.
In the 65th minute, substitute Ifeoma Onomunu went one-on-one with Blue’s keeper, Samantha Prudhomme. Onomunu chipped the bouncing ball over Prudhomme’s head, leaving an excited, cheering crowd, and an unfortunate ball to the crossbar— with no one to rebound.
The Blue’s regained control of the scoreboard in the 83rd minute when Mele French poked the ball into a cluster of players inside of the penalty box. Forward Shawna Gordon managed to get a foot on the ball for a 1-2 lead.
Currently, the Sounders have played in two less matches than the LA Blues, holding the fourth place position in the Western Conference. The Sounders are trailing LA Blues, Colorado Pride (22pts, 7-2-1), and Bay Area Breeze (19pts, 6-3-1).
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 last home match of the season will take place against Bay Area Breeze at 4 p.m. on July 6 at Starfire Stadium. For tickets and details, see SoundersWomen.com.
LA: Katherine Stengel — 16th minute
SW: Jaclyn Softli — 33rd minute
LA: Shawna Gordon — 83rd minute
Seattle Sounders Women: Anna Picareli, Rachel Pitman, Rachel Melhado, Brooke Gilbert, Annie Sittauer (Kellyn Ferrell- 54th minute,) Taylor Comeau, Brittany Baxter (Joana Houplin- 70th minute), Sharis Lachappelle, Kennya Cordner, Jaclyn Softli, Lyndsey Patterson (IIfeoma Onomunu- 63rd minute)
Substitutes Not Used: Megan Kufelt, Elise Wyatt, Emma Follis, Kelsey Hodges,
LA Blues: Samantha Prudhomme, Rachel Daly, Shanna Hudson, Sasha Andrews, Kandace Love, Brooke Elby (Paige Nielsen- 66th minute), Sarah Killion, Elizabeth Eddy, Shawna Gordon, Mele French, Katherine Stengel (Michelle Enyeart- 89th minute)
Substitutes Not Used: Aubrey Bledsoe, Lorna Brownlie
Referee: Kathryn Fadden
Referee’s Assistants: Daniel Compton, Benjamin Moore
Time of Game: 7:30 p.m. PST
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial