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   2004 May 28

Vancouver Whitecaps Women  2 - 2  Seattle Sounders Women
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC

Goals:
16' SEA - Mueller (Gamble)

59' VAN - Franko (Trotman)
26' VAN - Allen (Trotman)
85' SEA - Rodrick

Vancouver: Erin McLeod; Sasha Andrews, Randee Hermus, Sophie Spilborghs; Allen Amber (Sadie McLure 86'), Amy Apps, Sara Maglio (Liz Conner 59'), Ashley McGhee (Phebe Trotman 46'), Andrea Neil; Martina Franko, Carmelina Moscato. Substitutes not used: Michelle Gademans.

Seattle: Meghan Miller; Shannon Forslund, Joannie Gerpheide (Kelli Smith 67'), Dana Kimble, Katie Miyake; Nikki Gamble, Michelle French, Rachel Rodrick, Kim Taylor (Alicia Milyak 79'); Chalise Baysa (Zahra Jalalian 97'), Brenda Mueller (Kelley Schweighart 82'). Substitutes not used: Sarah Peters, Sophie Spickard.


Match report from the Whitecaps:

The Whitecaps Women's Team saw their come-from-behind effort against Seattle thwarted by a late equalizer, as the Caps and Sounders battled to a 2-2 overtime tie. Trailing 1-0 at the break, Vancouver stormed back in the second half to take a 2-1 lead on goals by Martina Franko and Amber Allen, both set up by 2003 W-League MVP Phebe Trotman. However, Seattle midfielder Rachel Rodrick leveled the score with a blistering shot five minutes from the end of regulation.

Twenty minutes of sudden-death overtime failed to produce a winner, despite some great chances by the Whitecaps. The tie gives Vancouver sole possession of first place in the Western Conference, one point up on the Edmonton Aviators, and maintains Vancouver's unbeaten record at 2-0-1.

Match Notes

Martina Franko hit the crossbar on a 15-yard-blast just six minutes into the game.

Whitecaps defender Sasha Andrews almost netted the winner late in the first overtime period, but her 100th minute shot was cleared off the line by a Seattle defender. Then with two minutes left in overtime, Martina Franko saw her shot from 6 yards blocked by the keeper.

Franko has scored in each of Vancouver's three games this season.

The Whitecaps are missing three players, midfielders Kara Lang and Brittany Timko and forward Katie Thorlakson, who are with the Canadian U-19 team at CONCACAF qualifying. Lang scored one of Canada's goals Friday afternoon in a 4-0 win over Jamaica in Montreal in the team's first game. Canada plays Panama on Sunday and Mexico on Tuesday.

The 2-2 overtime tie was a repeat score of last year's playoff meeting between the two, in which Seattle went on to eliminate Vancouver on penalty kicks.

Scoring Summary

15' Seat Brenda Mueller (Nikki Gamble)
38-year-old Muellar scored her team-leading third goal this season with a glancing header off a good cross from Gamble.

59' Vanc Martina Franko (Phebe Trotman)
A nice pass from Trotman found Franko, who fought her way past her marker and sent a perfect shot past the keeper. It was Franko's team-leading fourth goal of the season.

68' Vanc Amber Allen (Phebe Trotman)
Trotman layed a pass into Allen, who scored her first of the season on a looping shot over goalkeeper Meghan Miller.

85' Seat Rachel Rodrick
Rodrick rocketed one in from just outside the box to tie it up.

Statistics:
         Vancouver  Seattle
Shots:      17        11
Saves:       7        11
Corners:     6         5
Fouls:      16        13
Offsides:    0         3

Misconduct:
None.

Referees: Saad Al-Jadir; Mike Kovacs, Joey Kenward; Jose Branco.
Attendance: 2,870