Tukwila, WA – Tukwila - In the first match of the 2012 season, the Seattle Sounders Women amused a near sell-out crowd (154 tickets shy) at Starfire with five goals. The largest crowd in Sounders Women history was on hand to watch the Sounders Women defeat Seattle Pacific University by a score of 5-0.
Sounders fans got a first look at U.S. National Team members, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, and Stephanie Cox. Richland, WA native, Hope Solo recorded the shutout with 3 saves. Alex Morgan scored the second goal of the night, while Leroux and Cox played important roles in both creating goals and winning possession back for the Sounders Women.
Goals for the Sounders Women were scored by five different players, showing the team’s depth. Lyndsay Patterson started the scoring in the 6th minute with a flick on header off a Tafara Pulse corner kick. Patterson and Pulse are both Sounders veterans.
It took until the last 2 minutes of the first half for the Sounders to link up for a second goal. This time, it was two National Team players, Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux hooking up. Leroux ran down the left channel, before cutting back to the middle. She slipped a ball through to Morgan. On Morgan’s first touch, she drove the ball to the back netting with her left foot.
The second half was a chance for Veronica Perez to shine. The Mexican National Team midfielder created numerous chances for her teammates throughout the game. When the chance fell to her own feet, she knew exactly what to do with it. A swift cut from her left foot to her right opened up a chance to shoot from outside the box. Perez drilled the shot off the left post and into the goal for a 75th minute goal.
The Sounders would add two more goals from Kara Kuttler and Victoria Frederick in the 78th and 88th minutes. Both goals were helped on by Sydney Leroux who was a handful for the SPU defense all night long.
The Sounders get back to action on Friday, April 13th at Starfire. Seattle University is the opponent. Tickets are still available for the match at sounderswomen.com . Fans are encouraged to order online to ensure they get a ticket before it sells out.