2005 Jun 10

Seattle Sounders Women  0 - 3  Denver Lady Cougars
Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, WA

4' DEN - Seattle own goal
13' DEN - Winters (Flanagan)
32' DEN - Winters (Flanagan)

Seattle: Lisa Brookens; Shannon Forslund, Sarah Groves (Hope Solo 69'), Katie Miyake, Dana Kimble (Karly Larsen 46'); Kelli Smith, Malia Arrant, Dani Bridges, Janelle Munnis (Brenda Mueller 46'); Chalise Baysa, Nicole Garbin. Substitutes not used: Katie Hultin, Sheryl Williams, Amy Carnell, Patty Blankenship.

Denver: Lauren Mason; Christina Best, Kari Boersma, Yaneash Donaldson (Vanessa Mais 68'), Laura Mann; Jamie Dirberger, Megan Flanagan, Candice Hein (Alysha Beckie 81'), Kristen Kemp (Nicole Lukens 75'); Christine Nagel (Lleane Grimditch 68'), Keelin Winters. Substitute not used: Danielle Wiley.

Match report from the Sounders:

The Seattle Sounders Women played host to the Denver Lady Cougars at the Starfire Sports Complex. The Sounders Women, who matched up against the Lady Cougars just a week ago, were ready for a rematch. However, the visiting Lady Cougars were on top of their game as they defeated the Women 3-0. Keelin Winters led the Denver with two goals on the night.

At the 13-minute mark, the Lady Cougars led the game 2-0. The first goal came as an own goal by the Sounders Women in the fourth minute when Lady Cougar Kristen Kemp hit a corner kick. The ball made an unlucky bounce off the post and into the net on an attempt to clear it from the goal. Ten minutes later, Lady Cougar Megan Flanagan slotted a through ball to Winters, who placed the ball past goalkeeper Lisa Brookens.

Winters finished her second goal of the game in the 32nd minute. Flanagan took a low shot that rebounded off Brookens directly to the feet of Winters, who then finished the ball for their third goal of the match.

After halftime, the Sounders turned up the pressure, creating more opportunities to score than in the first half.

In the 59th minute, Sounder Brenda Mueller dribbled up the center of the field and into the box of the Lady Cougars. Taking the ball past two defenders, she had little time to shoot before goalkeeper Lauren Mason prevented the opportunity.

Again in the 65th minute, Nicole Garbin carried the ball up the right wing of the field before shooting far post. In an attempt to finish, Mueller fell short of getting a foot on the ball.

University of Washington alumni and former WUSA player Hope Solo made her first appearance tonight with the Sounders Women. In 2003, the Philadelphia Charge drafted Solo in the first round. As a rookie, Solo played eight games and held a 1.25 GGA. Tonight, fans witnessed Solo's skillful field play instead of her usual goalkeeping talents.

As a Husky, Solo made the All-Pac 10 selection four years in a row. She also finished her career as UW's all-time leader in shutouts (18), saves (325), and goals against average (GAA) of 1.02.

The next home game for the Sounders Women will be against the Vancouver Whitecaps July 24th, 7:00 PM at the Starfire Sports Complex.

         Seattle  Denver
Shots:      17       12
Saves:       2        7
Corners:     3        2
Fouls:       8        8
Offsides:    1        2


Referees: Ab Brody; Joshua Thompson, Jesse Scrimsher
Attendance: 255