The Sounders Women scored three goals and earned a shutout over the Colorado Pride in their first home match of the W-League campaign. Emma Follis scored the first and last goal of the night, while goalkeeper Anna Picarelli notched 14 saves to preserve the shutout.
The Sounders Women started and finished the scoring with an early first half goal, and two late second half goals. With the Sounders securing the lead in the second half, the Pride maintained pressure for the majority of the match with 22 shots, but never scored.
The Sounders Women opened up scoring in the 10th minute. The play started on the right side where Jaclyn Softli evaded a defender and drilled the ball straight to off the crossbar. The ball rebounded to the penalty spot for Emma Follis, who calmly finished the play.
Throughout the first 45 minutes of the game, it was clear that Pride was searching for retaliation against the Sounders, but was unsuccessful. Pride had eight shots, and five shots on goal in the first half of the match compared to the Sounders, three shots, and two on goal.
The halftime score of the match was a 1-0 Sounders lead.
In the 69th minute, the Sounders Women doubled the lead despite a strong start of the 2nd half for Colorado. From the left side of the field, 40 yards from goal, Brooke Gilbert drove a free kick to the back post. Nicole Setterlund put a head on the ball and knocked it off the right upright. Like the first goal, the ball bounced back to a Sounder. Kennya Cordner was in the right place at the right time and volleyed into the lower left side of the goal to finish the play.
Emma Follis made the lead comfortable in the 83rd minute. Her second goal of the night started with a bad back pass from Pride, and ended in a 3-0 Sounders victory. After fighting off the ball from Pride defenders, Follis was left one-on-one with Pride goalkeeper, Eckerstrom. Follis won a footrace to the ball and poked it past the keeper, and straight to the net.
The next Sounders Women W-League regular season match is next Friday night (June 20) against the Colorado Storm at 7 p.m. at Starfire Sports Stadium. For tickets and details, see SoundersWomen.com.
SW: Emma Follis— 10th minute
SW: Kennya Cordner— 69th minute
SW: Emma Follis—83rd minute
Seattle Sounders Women – Anna Picarelli, Rachel Pitman, Rachel Melhado, Brooke Gilbert, Cara Ledman, Olivia Mackey (Sharis Lachapelle-halftime), Nicole Setterlund, Taylor Comeau (Caroline Brown- 66th minute), Emma Follis (Joana Houplin -84th minute), Jaclyn Softli, Elise Wyatt (Kennya Cordner- 60th minute)
Substitutes not used: Kayla Klim, Kelsey Hodges, Kimmie Krauss,
Colorado Pride Women – Britt Eckerstrom, Mo Smunt, Jessy Battelli, Holly King, Erin Gunther (Ashley Spina- 76th minute), Sophie Howard, Laura Kane, Katy Oehring (Hannah Levett- 66th minute), Tara Andrews (Sarah Haizlip-halftime), Sara Schweiss, Malory Weber (Kaeli Vandersluis-53rd minute)
Substitutes not used: Natalie D’Amamio, Catherine Ruder
Referee: Mehmet Akcin
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Gotz, Vernon Winters
Time of Game: 7:00 p.m. PST
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.