The Sounders Women scored their first two preseason goals for a 2-1 victory over Washington State University. The match was a special exhibition match at Pop Keeney Stadium in partnership with FC Alliance.
The Sounders Women opened the scoring with a late first half, and early second half goal, only to be kept on their toes when WSU scored in the 74th minute. The Sounders maintained the score for the win.
After a good half hour for Washington State, it was the Sounders who struck first in the 35th minute. The Sounders earned a corner kick, which was flighted in by Laura Rayfield toward the back post. The cross was met by Nicole Stewart for the first goal of the season. Stewart, who subbed in a couple minutes prior, rose higher than her mark to head the ball home.
In the 41st minute, Sounders goalkeeper, Jamie Arturs held the lead with an excellent tip over the crossbar. The Cougars set up a free kick from the top of the penalty box and Kailiana Johnson drilled a shot on frame. Arturs quickly raised a palm to touch it over.
Nicole Stewart nearly got a second goal a few minutes later on a volley from the back post. A long diagonal ball Olivia Mackey found Stewart right in stride, but she volleyed just wide.
The second half was the first chance for Sounders fans to see newly signed Brittany Baxter in a goal scoring position. She timed a run to get behind the defense for a 1v1. Her shot was saved by Alexis Thode but left a foot race between Kennya Cordner and the Cougars goalkeeper. They arrived at the same time, rolling the ball over for a corner.
The Washington State goalkeeper was again in action in the 53rd minute as she cut down the angle to save Cordner’s shot from close range.
The lead was made comfortable in the 64th minute by Nicole Stewart and Kennya Cordner. Stewart picked the ball up right at the mid-line and struck a firm through ball behind the Cougars defense. The ball held up in the wind perfectly for Cordner to beat the on rushing WSU keeper. Her momentum took Cordner right around the keeper and tucked the ball home from the edge of the box.
The final quarter of an hour were ensured to be exciting when the Cougars cut the deficit in half in the 74th minute. After extended action in the WSU attacking third, Kailiana Johnson touched the ball over to Kaitlyn Johnson who shot well into the far corner.
The Cougars were inches from evening the score in the 77th minute. A shot from Kaitlyn Johnson was nearly a perfect pass to the far post but Cara Wegner’s slide to poke it home was an instant too late.
The Sounders Women continue to build their roster, with the next exhibition slated for Sounders on Friday, May 9th against Western Washington. The match will be held as the first half of a double header, to be followed by the Sounders U-23 vs. Bellingham United men’s teams.
The next home match is May 16 against long-time rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps. For tickets and details, see SoundersWomen.com.
SSW – Nicole Stewart 35th
SSW – Kennya Cordner 64th
WSU – Kaitlyn Johnson 77th
Seattle Sounders Women – GK-Jamie Arturs, D-Laura Rayfield, D-Kellyn Farrell, D-Annie Sittauer, D-Kimmie Krauss, M-Joana Houplin, M-Julia Roberts, M-Olivia Mackey, F-Kennya Cordner, F-Allie Wisner, F-Brittany Baxter
Substitutes: Kayla Klim, Samantha Johnson, Nicole Stewart, Hannah Kimsey, Tafara Pulse, Niki Bonnell
Washington State University – Gurveen Claire, Jamie Schneiders, Susie White, Mariah Powers, Ayana O’Neal, Nicole Setterlund, Beau Bremmer, Cara Wegner, Jocelyn Jeffers, Abby Frenkel, Kailiana Johnson
Substitutes: Isabel Neyman, Nicole Marlow, Madison Muzatko, April Russell, Lianna Simms, Alexis Thode, Kaitlyn Johnson