2005 Jun 17

Seattle Sounders Women  0 - 7  USA U-21 Women's National Team

University of Washington Soccer Field, Seattle, WA

11' USA - Cheney (O'Reilly)
20' USA - Makoski (Lopez)
66' USA - O'Reilly (Tarpley)
73' USA - Lloyd (?)
85' USA - Schmedes (?)
86' USA - Tarpley (?)
88' USA - Lloyd (?)

Seattle: Hope Solo; Katie Miyake, Shannon Forslund, Nicole Martinez, Sarah Groves (Brenda Mueller 26'); Dani Bridges (Patty Blankenship 46'), Malia Arrant, Karly Larsen (Dani Bridges 64'), Chalise Baysa; Nicole Garbin, Hillary Heath.

USA: Erika Bohn; Jessica Maxwell, Hayley Hunt, Stephanie Lopez, Rachel Buehler (Mary Castelanelli 46'); Ali Krieger (Jill Oakes 46'), Jen Buczkowski (Carli Lloyd 46'), Saran Huffman (Lindsay Tarpley 46'), Manya Makoski (Amy Rodriguez 46'); Lauren Cheney (Megan Rapinoe 29', O'Reilly 64'), Heather O'Reilly (Kelly Schmedes 46').

Match report by Ron Stickney:

The Seattle Sounders Women were no match for the USA U-21 Women's National Team, losing 7-0. The Nats led 2-0 at halftime, then scored 5 more in the last 25 minutes.

First Half

In the opening minute, Heather O'Reilly was in from the left for the National's first shot, sent well wide.

11' Cheney (O'Reilly). Seattle's right back Nicole Martinez let O'Reilly get by for a through ball at least 10 yards free. Goalkeeper Hope Solo came out to challenge, and O'Reilly touched it too far to the right, collecting the ball at the bye line. O'Reilly centered for Lauren Cheney on a run up the middle through the Seattle defense, and Cheney got the ball cleanly for a shot that was blocked by Solo, but the rebound was surrendered and Cheney put it over the now supine Solo from 2 yards. 1-0 USA.

20' Makoski (Lopez). Left back Stephanie Lopez overlapped for a long cross through the goal area, and Manya Makoski slid in at the far post to knock it home from 5 yards. 2-0 USA.

In the 29th minute the first goal scorer, Cheney, was injured challenging for a 50-50 ball in the corner of the Seattle penalty area and she was replaced by Megan Rapinoe to get her foot wrapped in ice. The extent of the injury was not yet knowable at the end of the match.

Halftime: Seattle 0 - 2 USA U-21

Seattle's best chance came in the 48th minute when 39-year-old Brenda Mueller beat goalkeeper Erika Bohn to a cross/shot at the near post to win the ball. Mueller took the ball away from goal a few yards, turned, and fired a low shot wide of Bohn on goal. The ball made it part way over the goal line before being cleared by a defender who dropped back just in time to cover.

For the US, Mary Castelanelli got a shot from 15 yards on the right and just missed the lower far corner.

Seattle's last good chance was for Chalise Baysa from the right end of the arc in the 57th, just missing the far post.

From then on, it was all USA. A long free kick hit the top far corner of the metalwork squarely in the 58th.

Sounders Women and U Washington forward Tina Frimpong came on at the half not playing forward, but rather as left back. It seems that Frimpong has been called up to the national team as a defender. O'Reilly got by Frimpong with the ball two times but failed to score, but on the third time ...

66' O'Reilly (Tarpley). This time O'Reilly was sprung up the middle by Lindsay Tarpley and when Solo came out to challenge O'Reilly put a low shot past Solo and in. 3-0 USA.

Then the flood gates opened. The goals came so fast we couldn't keep track of all the assists.

73' Lloyd. Carli Lloyd carried the ball to the top of the arc and fired low and hard to the lower right corner, just out of reach of the diving Solo. 4-0 USA.

In the 78th Lloyd nearly made it two in a row when her shot from the right was rejected by the crossbar just short of the far corner.

85' Schmedes. In the penalty area, Kelly Schmedes flicked the ball over her own head, turned, and sent a low shot past the charging Solo for a goal. 5-0 USA.

86' Tarpley. From the top left corner of the penalty area, Tarpley chipped a shot perfectly over Solo and inside the top far corner. 6-0 USA.

88' Lloyd. Lloyd got open on the right with the ball, drew Solo out, and put a shot low past Solo and in. 7-0 USA.

Final: Seattle 0 - 7 USA U-21

         Seattle  USA U-21
Shots:       3       30
Saves:       6        0
Corners:     0        3
Fouls:       3        9
Offsides:    0        5


Referees: Josh Wilkens; Sandy Clark, Krystin Lambalot
Attendance: 25