SUMNER, WA— (club release) The Sounders U-23 defeated the Crossfire PDL in their opening game of the 2016 Premier Development League regular season. The Sounders U-23 earned 3 points against the division rival Crossfire thanks to goals from forward David Olsen and midfielder Jacob Granlund.
In the eleventh minute, Sam Langston dribbled down left sideline and crossed the ball to the near 6-yard box. Running between defenders, Olsen flicked it over the Crossfire goalkeeper, Bryce Logan, and into the net securing the early 1-0 lead for the Sounders U-23.
The Crossfire had their best opportunity to equalize late in the second half as the Sounders defenders tried to clear a corner kick. The ball found its way to Nathan Aune right in front of the goal. He tried to bury it home from 6 yards away but couldn’t find the back of the net as he skied it over the goal.
In the 85th minute, Olsen was at it again as he ran up the field on a counter attack with Granlund on his left. With one defender to beat, Olsen dribbled it to the very last second where the defender had to commit, leaving Jacob Granlund open in the box. Olsen slid the pass through to Granlund, who then slotted his shot to the back of the net putting the Sounders U-23 ahead for good 2-0.
The Sounders U-23 will take their three points on the road to face the Kitsap Pumas on Saturday, May 28th. The Sounders U-23 were defeated by the Pumas in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last Wednesday on a 90th minute goal.
Sounders Women win WPSL opener
TUKWILA, WA— (club release) The Sounders Women took on Vancouver NSGSC to open the 2016 WPSL season. The young, eager group wasted no time getting on the board with Kaycie Tillman hammering home goal number one for the Sounders Women. Becca Candler then stepped up to bury a penalty kick to make the score line 2-0.
The game saw many corner-kicks for the Sounders Women as they poured the heat on Vancouver. Megan Connolly and Maddy Schultz hassled the Vancouver defense with shots on target that just missed. Cassie Miller was called into service but made the save late in the first half for the Sounders Women. The teams went into halftime at 2-0 for the Sounders Women.
The second half started much like the first half ended with the Sounders Women attacking the Vancouver end. Kate Bennet just missed a shot over the bar and in the 72nd minute, Kelli Sullivan powered home a shot with an assist to Candler. The game ended with a 3-0 victory for the Sounders Women.
The Sounders Women play again at home on June 4th in a game versus Issaquah Gunners. Game time is 7:30pm at Starfire Stadium. Tickets and information can be found at http://www.sounderswomen.com.