2004 May 15

Seattle Sounders Women  7 - 0  Calgary Wildfire
Seahawks Stadium, Seattle, WA

11' SEA - Baysa (Gerpheide)
16' SEA - Mueller (French)
26' SEA - Rodrick (Milyak)
34' SEA - Mueller (French)
72' SEA - Miyake (French)
77' SEA - Heath (French)
86' SEA - Miyake (Heath)

Seattle: Sarah Peters; Katie Miyake, Shannon Forslund, Dana Kimble (Kelli Smith 56'); Nikki Gamble, Rachel Rodrick, Alicia Milyak, Joanie Gerpheide (Erin Redwine 73'), Michele French; Brenda Mueller (Hillary Heath 46'), Chelise Baysa (Zahra Jalalian 54').

Calgary: Vicky Du Pleiss (Kellie Fenton 46'); Emilie Mercier, Renae Hunter, Kim Coady; Hema Chengkalath, Megan Durado (Cheryl Cormack 46'), Cheryl Bjorgan, Jessica Horning, Stacy Warren; Stephanie Hoogveld, Kristan Votta. Substitutes not used: Tayah Schroder-Gillespie.

Match report by Ron Stickney:

The Seattle Sounders Women had a field day in their W-League season opener, routing the new Calgary Wildfire 7-0. Chelise Baysa opened the scoring, Brenda Mueller notched an early pair, and Rachel Rodrick had one. In the second half, Katie Miyake scored a pair and Hillary Heath got one. Michelle French assisted on four of the goals.

The Wildfire would manage just one shot in each half, giving goalkeeper Sarah Peters an easy shutout.

First Half

The match was just a minute old when Nikki Gamble's 18-yard shot from the right forced a good save by Calgary keeper Vicky Du Pleiss.

11' Baysa (Gerheide). Joanie Gerpheide's cross from the left was converged upon by Du Pleiss, Baysa and a defender 4 yards out from the far post, and Baysa managed to touch it past her opponents for the team's first goal of the season. 1-0 Seattle.

16' Mueller (French). French won a poorly cleared ball and worked a nice wall pass to earn a cross from the right edge of the penalty area. Mueller headed it in nicely at the far post to finish the perfect sequence. 2-0 Seattle.

Baysa fired a nice 25-yard shot up the middle, aimed at the left post, and Du Pleiss dove to push it wide for a great save.

For Calgary's only shot of the half, Stephanie Hoogveld sent a 30-yard free kick up the middle on goal, but Peters had no problem with it.

26' Rodrick (Milyak). Alicia Milyak's corner kick from the right went past goal, and Du Pleiss came out for it when she shouldn't have, leaving an open goal for Rodrick's shot. 3-0 Seattle.

34' Mueller (French). French passed to Mueller just inside the penalty area in the middle, and Mueller finished low to the corner under a diving Du Pleiss. 4-0 Seattle.

In the 37th another Milyak corner kick went past the crowd and Gamble shot it on frame, saved overhead by Du Pleiss.

Halftime: Seattle 4 - 0 Calgary

Baysa had the early chances in the second half. From 15 yards with only new goalkeeper Kellie Fenton to beat, Baysa hit the left post squarely. Then she was sprung from the circle but pushed the ball too far in front of her and collided with Fenton, who deflected the shot wide for a corner. Shaken on the play, Baysa was replaced by Zahra Jalalian.

Katie Miyake moved to the front line when Jalalian entered and immediately was dangerous. Miyake turned nicely 12 yards from goal on the left and fired at the top near corner, and Fenton did nicely to push it wide.

For Calgary's only shot of the second half, Hoogveld fought off a challenge to earn a 15-yard shot but sent it well wide of the near post.

72' Miyake (French). A French through ball sprung Miyake from near the halfway line and she was 1 v 1 against Fenton, and Miyake finished clinically. 5-0 Seattle.

77' Heath (French). Another through ball from French put Heath free from the offside line and she had only Fenton to beat from 15 yards. Fenton got a piece of the ball but it continued on into the net. 6-0 Seattle.

86' Miyake (Heath). On the attack, Miyake fed Heath for a hard shot that was saved, but the rebound went to the right of goal and Miyake got there first to finish it. 7-0 Seattle.

Last chance went to Heath, whose header at the near post from a cross was tipped away by Fenton.

Final: Seattle 7 - 0 Calgary

         Seattle  Calgary
Shots:      23        2
Saves:       1        8
Corners:    11        0
Fouls:       9       18
Offsides:   10        1


Referees: Fred Mabbott; Debora Brock, Eric Knudsen.
Attendance: 893