2003 Aug 2

W-League Playoffs, 1st Round:
Vancouver Whitecaps Women  2 - 2  Seattle Sounders Women (Seattle advance by kicks from the penalty mark 1 - 3)

Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC

9' VAN - Andrews (Trotman)
42' SEA - Frimpong (Bennett)
43' SEA - Frimpong

65' VAN - Neil (Trotman)

Vancouver: Erin McLeod; Sasha Andrews, Sandi Potis, Sophie Spilborghs (Sara Maglio 79'), Liz Conner; Brittany Timko, Andrea Neil, Amy Apps (Tera Kasubuchi 55'), Diana Artuso (Martina Holan 62'); Phebe Trotman (Rosalyn Hicks 68'), Kara Lang.

Seattle: Meghan Miller; Katie Miyake, Wynne McIntosh, Shannon Forslund; Dana Kimble, Alicia Milyak (Nikki Gamble 68'), Carolyn Putz (Hayley McNallan 87'), Rachel Rodrick, Haley vanBlommestein; Melissa Bennett (Brenda Mueller 93'), Tina Frimpong.

Match report from the Whitecaps:

The Whitecaps F.C. Women’s Team saw their season come to an end, as they lost 3-1 on penalty kicks to the Seattle Sounders. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie through regulation and 30 minutes of sudden death overtime. Seattle striker Tina Frimpong was the hero during regulation, scoring twice in a minute late in the first half. But it was Sounders goalkeeper Meghan Miller who proved to be the difference, as she stopped three of Vancouver's four attempts in the penalty kicks. The crowd of 4,089 was the largest for a standalone Whitecaps Women's game in franchise history, and was 30 more than attended Friday’s Whitecaps Men’s game.

Scoring Summary

9’ VAN Sasha Andrews (Phebe Trotman) - Andrea Neil’s long corner kick from the left was headed back in front by Trotman at the far post, and defender Sasha Andrews was there to bundle the ball over the line for her second goal of the season.

42’ SEA Tina Frimpong (Melissa Bennett) - Bennett’s curling cross from a free kick on the right was headed in by Frimpong who got in behind the defense.

43’ SEA Tina Frimpong - A great solo effort from Frimpong, who took the ball from midfield, outpaced the Vancouver defence, and slotted it past the keeper.

66’ VAN Andrea Neil (Phebe Trotman) - A brilliant goal, as Sophie Spilborgh sent in a great cross from a free kick on the right; Trotman touched it to Neil who expertly turned and rifled it into the far corner from 16 yards for her 5th of the year.

Match Notes

· Sasha Andrews had a great chance to score her second at 34’, as she broke in on goal, but she volleyed a bouncing ball over the net from 10 yards.

· Seattle midfielder Rachel Rodrick almost won the match in the 90th minute, as her shot from the top of the area hit the underside of the bar, bounced just outside the line, and stayed out.

· Kara Lang, who started up front, but later switched to midfield and then fullback, hooked the ball off the goal line on a shot from Seattle’s Brenda Mueller at 95’.

· The soccer match is officially recorded as a 2-2 draw, so, in a rather hollow statistic, the Whitecaps technically extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games. At the same time, they are on a two-match losing streak in penalty kick tiebreakers, as they also lost on PKs in last season's W-League semifinals at Swangard.

Kicks from the Penalty Mark

       Vancouver  Seattle
Shots:      22       14
Saves:       5       12
Corners:     8        1
Fouls:       20      17
Offsides:    3        2

105' SEA - Forslund cautioned

Referee: Martin Reid
Attendance: 4,089