The Seattle Sounders Select Women won their first match ever 5-0 over the Spokane Chill at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane, WA. Select forward Janelle Munnis from Mountlake Terrace led the way with two goals and midfielder Joanie Gerpheide added two assists. Former University of Washington standout Tami Bennett had a goal and an assist in the winning effort.
The Sounders Select jumped to a 4-0 lead by halftime. Bennett opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and from there, the Select were in complete control of the game.
Select goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgenson made two saves to earn the shutout.
The Seattle Sounders Select Women are provisional members of the W-League. Other members of the provisional Northwest Division of the W-League are Spokane Chill, Vancouver Lady Sixers and the Portland Rain. The Sounders Select will be full-fledged members of the 36-team W-League in 2001. The W-League is currently the only national women's league in the US and Canada.
The Select will play a total of 11 matches, 7 of which will be Northwest Division matches that count towards the division championship.
Post Game Quotes - Select Women Head Coach Chance Fry:
For our first game ever I thought we played great. I'm very pleased with the team tonight. They came out with intensity and played hard the whole game. Shannon (Forslund) was our best over all player today. She was solid the whole game and did not make a mistake in the first half. (Sounders) Coach Neil (Megson), joking, asked if he could keep Shannon for the Sounders team. I thought that Janelle (Munnis) provided a spark off the bench. Her two goals were outstanding. I thought that she was very composed with the ball. We can use this game as a springboard for the rest of the season.
Select Goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen:
I didn't know what to expect in this game. We hadn't even had a scrimmage game. I thought that we played well for this being our first game. We were athletic and were able to keep possession of the ball.
Referee: Maumood Darbon