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   2004 Jun 4

Calgary Wildfire  2 - 3  Seattle Sounders Women
Calgary Rugby Park, Calgary, AB

Goals:
10' CAL - Mercier
34' SEA - Mueller
60' SEA - Forslund (French)

71' CAL - Bjorgan
80' SEA - French (Rodrick)

Calgary: Kellie Fenton; Renae Hunter, Emillie Mercier (Hema Chengkalath 51'), Caitlin Milne, Stacey Warren; Heather Adamus (Kim Coady 75'), Cheryl Bjorgan, Cheryl Cormack (Melanie Heraldson 25'), Jessica Horning; Kristen Votta, Megan Dourado.

Seattle: Sarah Peters; Shannon Forslund, Zahra Jalalian, Dana Kimble; Nikki Gamble, Michelle French, Alicia Milyak, Rachel Rodrick, Chalise Baysa; Amy Carnell (Erin Redwine 57'), Brenda Mueller.


Match report from the Calgary Herald:

The tie was at the Calgary Wildfire's fingertips on Friday.

Wildfire keeper Kellie Fenton had made a save on a Seattle Sounders scoring attempt Friday night, but the ball eluded her and there was no one in the area to help.

Seattle's Michelle French was there and scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute as the Sounders defeated the Wildfire 3-2 in a W-League soccer game at Calgary Rugby Park. It was French's first goal of the season.

"I should have held it," said Fenton, who tried to parry the ball wide of the net.

For what it was worth, the expansion Wildfire showed it could play with the defending Western Conference champions and actually led 1-0 for a good portion of the first half.

Seattle may have had the majority of the play, but the Wildfire offence was dangerous in the early going. Calgary's Emilie Mercier opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game with a well-placed shot under the bar.

Seattle tied it at the 34th minute when Brenda Mueller scored her fifth goal of the year.

The Sounders took their first lead of the game in the 60th minute when Shannon Forslund's shot hit the bar and dribbled over the line.

Even then, Calgary bounced back. The hosts tied the game with 15 minutes left on a Cheryl Bjorgan goal.

Overtime was looming when French scored, sending Calgary to its fifth straight loss.

"Although we slipped off in our performance we stuck it to them at times," assessed Calgary coach Lisa Unsworth. "We woke up but we missed our chance in the first half."

Statistics:
         Calgary  Seattle
Shots:       7        8
Saves:       5        5
Corners:     3        5
Fouls:       5        5
Offsides:    0        6

Misconduct:
none

Referees: Jesse Detosto; Steve Pap, Oliver Bladek; Derek Illingsworth.
Attendance: 250