San Francisco Bay Seals 2 - 3 Seattle Sounders,
after extra time
Kezar Stadium, San Francisco
9' SFB: Salazar
27' SEA: Baena
29' SEA: Hattrup
72' SFB: Orellana
99' SEA: Baena
SFB: Bill May; Ken Rogaski, Jo-Jo Stewart, Jeremy Oetman, Keith Ratzburg; Clay Harty (76' Marco Bonaccorsi), Robert Gallo (45' Joel Hurd), Shani Simpson, Josh Kalkstein; Jorge Salazar, Luis Orellana. (Kimtai Simpson came on in the 2nd half for ?.)
SEA: Dusty Hudock; Bernie James, Jason Annicchero, Randy Mann; David Hoggan, Scott Jenkins, Brandon Prideaux, Dick McCormick; Peter Hattrup, Mark Baena, Erik Storkson (57' Fabian Davis).
The Seattle Sounders outshot the San Francisco Bay Seals 30-17, but leaked in a couple of goals and had to resort to Mark Baena's golden goal to earn the full 3 points. After falling behind when Hudock allowed himself to be beaten by Jorge Salazar's 45-yard shot to the upper left corner, Seattle scored two goals in two minutes to take a 2-1 halftime lead. First Baena finished a cross that eluded two other Sounders, then Peter Hattrup created a goal and scored from 18 yards. Luis Orellana leveled the match with the only second-half goal when he headed in a chip by Salazar. Nine minutes into the overtime period, Baena put Randy Mann's long pass past ex-Husky goalkeeper Bill May to give the visiting Sounders the 3-2 win.
The match featured a defensive battle between a pair of goalkeepers from the University of Washington. May had succeeded Dusty Hudock in Washington's goal when Hudock graduated several years ago. While May was drafted by the Sounders this season, he decided to sign with San Francisco Bay where he could play more than a backup role.
Seattle forward Patrick Beech sat the match out on Seattle's injured list.
Seattle had the earliest chances. Brandon Prideaux's cross gave Erik Storkson the first good chance, but the shot went right to May. Scott Jenkins juked the defenders to earn a shot from 15 yards, forcing another save by May.
9' Salazar. Seeing Sounder goalkeeper Dusty Hudock off his line, Salazar launched a shot from 45 yards that sailed over Hudock and into the top left corner to give the Seals the opening goal.
At 15' Salazar tried the upper corner again but Hudock punched it away this time. Then Keith Ratzburg's shot forced another save from Hudock. After 20 minutes, SF Bay had outshot Seattle 7-3. Then the tide turned.
Baena flicked a ball on goal but May used his hand to knock the ball away at the goal plane. Baena appealed for a goal but the referees believed that the ball had not completely crossed the plane.
27' Baena (Hattrup). Hattrup's cross went by a couple of Sounders but Baena was there to clean up and finished nicely to level the score at 1-1.
29' Hattrup (Jenkins). After getting the ball from Jenkins, Hattrup created this goal all by himself, using his dribbling skills to beat two defenders, then beating May from 18 yards with a shot to the upper right corner. Seattle were up 2-1.
Seattle had the best of the rest of the half. Baena fed Hattrup for a quick shot, chipped just over the bar. Jenkins headed Hattrup's cross to McCormick for a shot, sent just wide. After Baena was fouled at the arc, David Hoggan's free kick hit the post and stayed out. Prideaux's one-hop shot was saved by May.
SF Bay's only remaining good shot in the half was a 19-yard free kick, sent just high and wide by Salazar.
Halftime: San Francisco Bay 1 - 2 Seattle
Ex-Husky Joel Hurd came on at the half for Robert Gallo, who was injured in the first half. The Seals started out strong as Salazar's free kick was headed just over the bar by Luis Orellana. Then Orellana slid in to kick Ratzburg's cross just over.
Seattle soon got back in the match when Hattrup headed on goal, forcing a save by May. Then Hattrup got another chance from a bouncing ball but sent it over the goal.
SF Bay's Ken Rogaski sent a 30-yarder just over the bar.
Fabian Davis came on for Erik Storkson and quickly got a shot, forcing another save by May. Then Baena got by the defense and May again saved a goal.
Kimtai Simpson came on for SF Bay and shot just wide after a pass from Shani Simpson.
72' Orellana (Salazar). When the Seattle defense failed to clear the ball from their end, Salazar claimed it and chipped to the far post where Orellana headed it home to level the score at 2-2.
Two minutes later Prideaux fired a nice 20-yard shot at the top far corner, but his effort was exceeded by May, who pushed the ball over the bar for a corner. The final 15 minutes produced just one good chance when Hattrup fed Baena, but May again made the save.
Regulation: San Francisco Bay 2 - 2 Seattle
SF Bay's Ratzburg nearly won the match in the first minute of overtime when he was just wide with a shot.
Baena nearly ended it at 97' when he flicked on a Seattle corner kick and hit the crossbar.
99' Baena (Mann). The match ended suddenly when Mann won a ball in Seattle's end and sent a long pass to Baena, who timed his run well to get past the defenders, then beat May for the match winner.
Final: San Francisco Bay 2 - 3 Seattle, after extra time
Seattle plays at the California Jaguars on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The final match of the regular season is at Vancouver September 7. The Sounders are arranging a bus trip for the Vancouver match on Labor Day. Call the Sounders office right away for details at 800-796-KICK.
Shots: SFB 17, SEA 30
Saves: May 9; Hudock 4
Corners: SFB 2, SEA 8
Fouls: SFB 13, SEA 25
Offside: SFB 1, SEA 4
26' Prideaux (SEA) cautioned for a hard foul
51' Ratzburg (SFB) cautioned for a hard foul
76' Oetman (SFB) cautioned for grabbing Hattrup's jersey