SEA: Preston Burpo; Bernie James, Jason Annicchero, Craig Waibel, Kieran Barton; Randy Mann (Erik Storkson 77), Troya Cowell (Shan Gaw 37), Peter Hattrup, Viet Nguyen; Ian Russell, Mark Baena.
SFB: JJ Wozniak; Shani Simpson, Angelo Sablo, Jay Gore (Ryan
Edwards 60), Geoff Huber; Chris Davini, Ken Rogaski, John Cairel (Todd
Duncan 70), Keith Ratzburg; Bryan Taylor (Clay Harty 20), Stale Sobye.
Injuries plagued both sides. San Francisco Bay were without Troy Dayak
and Adam Siegman, while Seattle rested Scott Jenkins. During the match,
Seattle's Troya Cowell limped off, as did the Seals' Brian Taylor and Keith
Seattle's Viet Nguyen earned the first good chance at 6' when his shot from the right was deflected just wide of the far post. San Francisco Bay's first shot came soon after when the garbage collector on a corner kick shot well over the bar.
Randy Mann, playing midfielder for a change, got a shot from Mark Baena's drop but sent it wide. From Russell's cross to the far post, Baena saw an open goal but bounced his close shot over the bar.
31' Russell (Hattrup). Hattrup won the ball after a Seals defensive mistake and found Russell open on the right. Russell's shot from near the corner of the penalty area went low past goalkeeper JJ Wozniak and just inside the far post, ending Seattle's two-match scoring drought.
35' Hattrup (Nguyen). Seattle wasted no time getting the second goal. Baena was put through from a throw-in. From the left side of goal he crossed to Russell, who sent the ball to the right and ahead for Nguyen, who dropped for Hattrup. From 15 yards out, Hattrup beat Wozniak to the top right corner with a shot that hit the crossbar and went in.
Baena created a couple of chances late in the half when he intercepted
San Francisco Bay passes. Baena took the shot the first time and sent it
over the bar. The second time he fed Hattrup for a shot from 15 yards,
sent just over the bar.
Halftime: Seattle 2 - 0 San Francisco Bay
Up for a corner kick, Seattle defender Jason Annicchero headed just wide of the far post for the first good shot of the second half.
From Ratzburg's pass, Clay Harty, in the area, executed a neat bicycle kick that was slightly deflected by Seattle goalkeeper Preston Burpo onto the near post and out for a corner.
The teams alternated shots for much of the second half. The Seals' Chris Davini got a chance to volley from a long cross, but his shot was way too high. Seattle's Kieran Barton and Shan Gaw tried long shots without success. Another errant Seals pass was intercepted by Hattrup and passed to Baena on the left side for a shot, saved by Wozniak.
With six minutes left a relatively minor exchange between Russell and Davini led to a red card for Davini. First Davini elbowed Russell and referee Richard Heron saw it but didn't whistle a foul. Then Russell took down Davini and Heron did call the foul this time. Davini said to the ref, "That was blatant!" Heron replied, "That was payback!" Davini then told Heron, "Fuck off!" and it was Davini instead who was sent off.
A man short, San Francisco Bay soon had a pair of good chances. From a broken throw-in play, Stale Sobye shot low but Burpo made the near-post save. Then Joel Hurd, who played college ball a couple of years ago for the University of Washington, put a 40-yard free kick on goal and Burpo had to come off his line to pluck it out of the air just before an attacker redirected the ball with his head.
88' Russell (Baena). The final goal came after Baena was put through on the left for a shot. Wozniak slid down to block Baena's shot, but the rebound went right of goal and Russell got there first and blasted a shot into the net from a steep angle just beating a pair of retreating defenders.
Final: Seattle 3 - 0 San Francisco Bay
Shots: SEA 24, SFB 15
Saves: Burpo 6, Wozniak 3
Corners: SEA 5, SFB 7
Fouls: SEA 17, SFB 14
Offside: SEA 4, SFB 0
13 Barton (SEA) cautioned for a tackle from behind
84 Davini (SFB) sent off for abusive language
Referee: Richard Heron