The Sounders dropped their first W-League home-match points of the season to a young, but supremely talented Colorado Rush, 2-1. The Sounders scored in the 4th minute and took 15 shots on the night but were unable to add to the tally. After a Colorado Rush late 1st half equalizer, USA U-18 National Teamer, Danica Evans scored the winner on a 30 yard strike in the 81st minute.
All night long it looked like the Sounders would add another goal, but couldn’t find the finishing touch. The Sounders had a tremendous opportunity to take a 2-1 lead in the 48th minute from the penalty spot. After a hand-ball gave the Sounders the chance, Sharis Lachappelle smashed the ball off the right upright and out.
The Sounders opened up a competitive match with the first goal in the 4th minute. After a nice defensive pickup in midfield, Lyndsey Patterson stroked the ball to the right side for Rachel Pitman. The right back took a touch before sending the ball to the back post and into the far upper corner. Whether Pitman intended to cross or shoot was uncertain, but the result was an early advantage for Seattle.
The first half was action packed with chances for both teams. The Sounders were able to create attacks down the left and right wing with Cara Ledman and Rachel Pitman finding space for crosses. On multiple occasions Rush defenders deflected those crosses inches past the post and out.
Despite Sounders attacking chances, the Rush had segments of sustained possession during the first 45 minutes. The Rush drew 6 fouls and in the 41st minute, capitalized on a free kick for the equalizing goal. The free kick was first played short and then sent long towards the far post. Lizzy Raben was able to rise above her mark and nod the ball firmly into the net.
The Sounders made two substitutions to begin the 2nd half and they were immediately involved. Kennya Cordner, who scored five goals in the last three matches, got down the right for a couple close chances. The other sub, Sharis Lachappelle was called into action in the 47th minute when the Sounders earned a penalty kick. An awkward bounce caught off Rush center defender, Morgan Kennedy and hit her in the hand. Lachappelle stepped up to take the PK but smashed it off the right post and out.
The two Sounders substitutes combined again in the 59th minute. Lachappelle worked down the left side past defenders to cross. Her effort was tipped off path by Rush goalkeeper, McKenzie Sauerwein. The next touch was stolen away by Cordner who blasted to the back post only to have her effort touched around the post.
In the 81st minute, the match was turned on it’s head by one of the most talented players in the league. Danica Evans picked up possession 40 yards from goal. She was given space towards goal and after a couple touches she slammed a knuckling ball into the back of the net.
The Sounders pushed for the rest of the match with countless crosses and free kicks into the box but were unable to find the creativity to unlock a scrappy and organized Rush defense.
The Sounders Women are back at home on July 3rd for a rivalry match against the top team in the West, LA Blues. Kickoff is 7:30p.m. at Starfire Stadium. For tickets and details, see SoundersWomen.com
SSW: Rachel Pitman (Lyndsey Patterson) – ‘4
RUSH: Elizabeth Raben (Lauren Kaskie) – ’41
RUSH: Danica Evans – ’81
Seattle Sounders Women: Megan Kufeld, Rachel Pitman, Rachel Melhado, Brooke Gilbert, Cara Ledman (’54- Taylor Comeau), M’ily Reiter, Nicole Setterlund, Emma Follis (’45- Sharis Lachappelle), Brittany Baxter (’71- Ifeoma Onumonu), Elise Wyatt (’45- Kennya Cordner), Lyndsey Patterson (’78-Jaclyn Softli)
Substitutes not used: Anna Picarelli, Kelsey Hodges
Colorado Rush: Mckenzie Sauerwein, Jacy Drobney, Morgan Kennedy, Carson Pickett, Lizzy Raben, Gabbi Miranda, Lauren Kaskie (’87- Tommi Goodman), Kacy Scarpa (’67- Erin Webb), Morgan Stanton (‘67- Anne Stuller), Danica Evans, Pia Rijsdijk (’90- Kelci Newlin)
Substitutes not used: Sabrina Macias, Rachael Collins
Referee: Benjamin Oakley
Referee’s Assistants: Ryan Fairhurst & David Alvarez
Time of Game: 7:00 p.m. PST
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial