July 2012 Archives
After starting in his first-ever MLS match last Saturday, Husky alum Brent Richards was selected to the MLS Team of the Week Honorable Mention list.
Richards, the Portland Timbers homegrown player, made his first MLS start against Chivas USA in a 1-0 loss at JELD-WEN Field in Portland. Richards was also named CenturyLink Man of the Match after the game, getting 40% of the votes; the forward took four shots, one on target, before being subbed out in the 74th minute.
Richards made his MLS debut against the LA Galaxy on July 14 and then made an appearance on the road against FC Dallas on July 21. The Timbers play at home Sunday, August 5 against FC Dallas at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports.
The Washington women's soccer team was previewed by Chris Henderson of All White Kit. The piece features a recap of last year and a breakdown of each position for the upcoming 2012 season.
Check out the full article here: http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=9611#GRIT
Former Husky stars Kate Deines and Veronica Perez recently signed with Stjarnan FC in Iceland. They will play for the 2011 champions in Iceland's top division.
Fans can now follow the duo on their journey in Iceland for the next four months of the regular season on their blog, Dawgs in Iceland. Check it out!
The Sounders FC U-23 ended its playoff run and season in the PDL semifinals, falling to FC London 3-2. After being up by two goals at halftime, the Sounders couldn't hold on to the lead, as the game-winner by FC London was scored in the 83rd minute.
Huskies Michael Uyehara and Darwin Jones started for the Sounders; Jones took one shot at forward. Jones finished the season with four goals, two assists, and ten points in nine games played. Uyehara was a staple in the backline, playing in three shutout victories and also scoring a goal in the last regular-season match.
The 2012 PDL Championship will be played at Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. The Carolina Dynamo and FC London will face off at 4 p.m. PT.
The goalWA.net 2012 College Previews segment continued with the Washington Husky Men's soccer team. The article features a Q&A session with head coach Jamie Clark on the upcoming class, the 2012 season, and the players they will rely on as leaders.
Check out goalWA.net to read the full feature!
USSSA Pride Release:
The USSSA Pride continued their winning streak against the Chicago Bandits with a dominating 9-0 win on Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Pride pitcher Cat Osterman (5-4) had an outstanding outing, allowing only three hits and one walk in the shutout, and striking out seven.
Kelly Kretschman started the game off for the Pride with a sacrifice fly that brought shortstop Natasha Watley in. Jessica Mendoza kept it going in the next inning, hitting a 3-run double to solidify the Pride's lead.
The offense didn't stop there, though. Andrea Duran hit a homerun to start off the fourth inning and was followed up shortly after by Kristyn Sandberg, who hit a deep 2-run homerun, bringing the score to 7-0.
Ashley Charters scored the eighth run of the game after Watley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth.
The home runs continued into the sixth inning, when, on her first at bat of the game, Charlotte Morgan hit one deep into left field, bringing the score to 9-0.
The Bandits once again struggled with pitching, bringing in three different pitchers in the course of the game, each pitching about two innings before being yanked from the game.
Former Husky star Veronica Perez was named to the W-League All-League and All-Conference Team. She is one of two Seattle Sounders Women players to be named to both teams, the other being Stephanie Cox. The teams are selected through a vote of team management.
Perez finished second in the W-League with 26 points and 12 goals, while Cox was a model of consistency in defense as the Sounders conceded just eight goals in 14 regular season games.
All-Conference Teams - Western Conference
GK - Anna Maria Picarelli, Pali Blues
D - Sasha Andres, Pali Blues
D - Stephanie Cox, Seattle Sounders Women
D - Michelle Pao, Pali Blues
D - Brooke Spence, Colorado Rapids Women
MF - Brittany Bock, Colorado Rush
MF - Sarah Huffman, Pali Blues
MF - Veronica Perez, Seattle Sounders Women
F - Edite Fernandes, Santa Clarita Blue Heat
F - Jenna Richardson, Vancouver Whitecaps
F - Lynn Williams, Pali Blues
2012 W-League All-League Team
GK - Anna Maria Picarelli, Pali Blues
D - Sasha Andres, Pali Blues
D - Vaila Barsley, Long Island Rough Riders
D - Stephanie Cox, Seattle Sounders Women
D - Cindy Walsh, Laval Comets
MF - Yael Averbuch, New Jersey Wildcats
MF - Sarah Huffman, Pali Blues
MF - Veronica Perez, Seattle Sounders Women
F - Grace Hawkins, Long Island Rough Riders
F - Imen Trodi, Quebec City Animal
F - Lynn Williams, Pali Blues
Here are the recent up-to-date stats and game recap of the four former UW softball players currently playing for the USSSA Florida Pride in the NPF league:
Lawrie is 4-2 on the year with a 4.05 ERA. She has 54 strikeouts and allowed just 10 walks this season.
Charters is batting .321 on the season with 3 home runs, 18 RBI's and 15 runs scored. This past weekend, Ashley went 4-15 with a home run and 4 RBI's.
Salling is hitting .136 on the year with 2 RBI's, 5 runs scored and 6 walks.
Williams is hitting .077 this season with the Pride. She recently had 3 pinch-hit appearances over the weekend.
Below is a link to a recap of all of week seven's action in the NPF:
Be sure to follow the players and team live by watching live streamed games at www.profastpitch.com or by downloading the Official NPF App for iPhone and Droid and have the game stream live to your mobile operating devices. The App can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.
Incoming sophomore transfer Darwin Jones was recently named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Ten Sophomore Men's Players to Watch list. Here is an excerpt of the article on Jones:
F Darwin Jones, Washington
The tale of this sophomore is a bit unusual - Jones, a product of the Sounders Academy, played for Highline Community College last year, scoring 15 goals and adding ten assists.
After an unsuccessful trial with the Sounders first team earlier in 2012, Jones signed to attend Washington, and he'll likely have an impact in what is technically his sophomore year in school, albeit his first at the Division 1 level.
In its inaugural year as the revamped Seattle Sounders FC U-23, the team is rolling through the playoffs. Two weeks after celebrating the Northwest Division regular season title, the Sounders defeated the Ventura County Fusion 2-0 on Sunday to be crowned the Western Conference Champions.
Incoming sophomore transfer Darwin Jones played a big part in both goals, scoring the first goal to tie the game 1-1 and then assisting in the game-winner. 15 minutes into the second half, Jamael Cox (brother of former Husky Raphael Cox) fed the ball down the left hand side and Jones placed a curling shot beyond the reach of the Fusion goalkeeper.In the final ten minutes of the match, Jones found a wide-open Cox breaking down the middle of the field and Cox slid his shot past the Fusion goalkeeper for the game-winner that would send the Sounders on to the National PDL Final Four.
Red-shirt junior defender Michael Uyehara played the full 90 and helped with the shutout while Jones came on as a sub at the end of the first half.
The Sounders will play FC London, the biggest surprise of the semifinalists that defeat the two teams with the best regular-season records in the PDL. The match is set for Saturday, July 28 at the German Club in London, Ontario; kickoff starts at 4:30 p.m. PT.
Former Husky standout Jamie Finch made his professional debut with the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday evening. The RailHawks, of the North American Soccer League (NASL), defeated last year's NASL champions the Minnesota Stars 1-0.
Finch signed a professional contract with the RailHawks earlier this season. Although the defender subbed on in the 77th minute, he had to wait more than five hours after the match started, as lightning forced the referees to suspend the game in the 47th minute. After nearly four hours of delay, play resumed around 12:15 am local time.
The Sounders FC U-23 stormed back with two unanswered goals for a 2-1 win over FC Tucson in the Western Conference Semi-finals on Saturday night in Ventura, California.
After being down a goal in the 47th minute, incoming sophomore Darwin Jones scored the equalizer ten minutes later. The Sounders right back, DeAndre Yedlin, threw a long throw-in towards the front of the goal and it was flicked on to the back post for Jones to side-volley the ball into the net. Sean Morris scored the go-ahead goal in the 64th minute.
The victory puts the Sounders U-23 to the Western Conference Championship on Sunday, June 22 against Ventura County Fusion for a spot in the PDL National Final Four; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT. There will be live streaming at http://www.kadytv.com/sports/ventura-county-fusion. Stay tuned on SoundersU23.com for more coverage information on the match.
In the first semi-final game, the Portland Timbers U-23s lost a heart breaker in overtime against the Ventura County Fusion. The only goal in the game came three minutes into overtime and the Fusion were able to hold off a series of late attempts by the Timbers U-23s to claim a 1-0 win and advance to the Western Conference finals.
The Timbers U-23s held a majority of the possession int he first half and it led to a 5-2 advantage in shots. Junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey, however, turned in the biggest play of the half for the Timbers U-23s, making a key save on a penalty kick attempt in the 28th minute after a Portland player had been called for a handball int he box. Richey turned away a low shot from the spot aimed at the left post to keep the match deadlocked heading into halftime. Richey played the whole 120 minutes making three saves.
Husky alum and current Sounders Women defender/midfielder Kate Deines posted her third video blog (courtesy of Prost Amerika).
Deines and the team take viewers on the road and show what happens in van rides after a victory, during meals, and a music video (with bloopers) to end it.
Check out the segment here: Ep. 3: Victorious on the Road
Make sure to tune in next time for more "Kickin' It With Kate" episodes!
Four former Huskies, Jenn Salling, Danielle Lawrie, Niki Williams, and Ashley Charters, are currently playing for the Florida USSSA Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch league. Here are how they did in their games last week and up-to-date season stats (courtesy of Jessica Ives at NPF):
Jenn and the Pride had a high scoring series with the Chicago Bandits. They scored 36 runs in the 4 game series. The Pride will travel to Akron, Ohio to take on the Racers for a 4-game series starting tonight.
Danielle pitched 5 innings of series as she got a start in one of the games. She struck out 9 of the 22 batters that she faced and only walked one.
Nikia worked her way into the games as a pinch hitter for the Pride.
Ashley saw action in 3 of the games over the weekend. She hit .250 with a double and only struck out once against the Chicago pitching staff.
For a complete recap of week 5 action click the link below:
For a complete recap of week 6 action click the link below:
Be sure to follow these former Dawgs by watching live streamed games at www.profastpitch.com or by downloading the Official NPF App for iPhone and Droid and have the game stream live to your mobile operating devices. The App can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.
Also join the fun with the new NPF Fantasy League by Pointstreak Technologies:
News release from USSSAPride.com:
The USSSA Pride players kicked off their return to Kissimmee in grand style, beating up the Chicago Bandits 17-2. The Pride (12-10) scored more runs in the game than any other this season, and scored runs in nearly every inning against the Bandits (15-8).
The Bandits struggled with pitching all night, starting with the first inning. Bandits pitcher Michelle Moses (0-3) walked three batters and allowed five runs in the first inning, two of which came on bases-loaded walks. Moses failed to record an out and was replaced by Meagan Denny-White (2-2) before the end of the first. Denny-White went on to pitch three innings, allowing four more runs and three more walks before being replaced by recent signee Chanda Bell (0-0).
In all, Pride players were walked 10 times and were hit by pitches four times, putting them in excellent offensive position for most of the game.
Three Pride players, Kelly Kretschman, Ashley Charters and Kelly Bruder, had three RBIs each, and 11 of the 15 players in the game scored at least one run, making in at all-around great offensive performance for the team.
Any attempts by the Bandits to make a comeback were halted by strong defensive plays by the Pride. The most exciting defensive play of the night came at the top of the third inning, after the Bandits seemed poised to rally. Following a two-out RBI double by Alisa Goler, Pride outfielder Jessica Mendoza made a spectacular diving catch in left field to end the inning.
Pride pitcher Danielle Lawrie (4-2) struck out nine and allowed only one run and seven hits in her start.
With the win, the Pride move to 2.5 games behind the Bandits in the 2012 NPF standings. The Pride and Bandits finish up the series Monday night at 7:05 p.m. at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee.
Former Husky All-American goalkeeper Hope Solo spoke with Andrew Romano of The Daily Beast about her past, including losing her dad, getting benched, shoulder surgery, the recent news of "testing positive for a banned substance", and overcoming all those situations. She also talked about how she got started in goal at UW and the upcoming London Olympics.
Read the full story at The Daily Beast.
The Sounders U-23 and Timbers U-23s are off to the Premier Development League (PDL) Western Conference semifinals after their victories this weekend.
The Sounders continued their success after winning the regular season NW Division championship title with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Crossfire in the 1st round of the PDL playoffs.
Husky sophomore transfer Darwin Jones recorded an assist and red-shirt junior Michael Uyehara played the full 90. The Sounders U-23 also added an old Sounder, Nate Jaqua, to their ranks as the entire squad was relied on to send them to the Western Conference Final Four.
The Crossfire ended their 2012 season with the loss. However, several Huskies (Ben Fisk, Andy Thoma, Alex Klein, and Nate Sackeyfio) were a key part of the team's success this year, helping the club bounce back after a seventh-place finish last season and qualify for the playoffs with the 4th seed.
Click here for match stats.
In the second divisional playoff match in Oregon, the Portland Timbers U-23s defeated the defending champions the Kitsap Pumas 2-1 on Sunday evening.
Goalkeeper Spencer Richey turned in a solid performance on what was a busy night for him despite making just one save.
Click here for match stats.
WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
The Western Conference will be hosted by the Southwest Division champion Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College (Calif.), where they will be joined by Southwest Division runner-up FC Tucson and the Northwest Division's Sounders FC U23 and Portland Timbers U-23s.
The Timbers will face the Timbers U-23s on Saturday (7/21) night in the opening semifinal at 5 p.m. PT, while the Sounders U23 will face FC Tucson at 7:30 p.m. PT. The championship game will be played on Sunday (7/22) evening at 5 p.m. PT.
The Conference Champions will meet in the national semifinals on the weekend of July 27-29 at two host locations to be determined. The PDL Championship will be played on Saturday, August 4 at the home of one of the semifinal winners.
Click here to read more about the Conference playoffs.
Former Husky standout Brent Richards made his MLS debut for the Portland Timbers against the LA Galaxy in front of a sold-out home crowd Saturday night. Richards subbed on at the start of the second half and found himself marking Galaxy and U.S. star Landon Donovan on a corner kick almost immediately after he stepped on the pitch.
Richards, a 2012 UW graduate, signed with the Portland Timbers on a Homegrown Player contract, the first for the club, and has been playing for the Timbers Reserves all season. Although he has made the 18 for the first-team several times, Saturday marked the first time to play in a first-team match; he becomes the Timbers' second rookie to make their official MLS debut this season.
Here is Richards talking about his debut in the postgame video and article:
Full match report:
Also, check out this fun video of Richards talking about the rookie life while playing a ping-pong match with teammate Chris Taylor:
Allie Beahan scored her first goals for the Sounders Women in a 5-2 win over the LA Strikers on Friday. (Photo: SoundersWomen.com)
Match report from www.pitchsidereport.com:
Forward Allie Beahan broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Sounders into the lead in the fourteenth minute. The play began with Mexican National Team star Veronica Perez. Perez found Beahan, who then turned to Annie Sittauer. Sittauer crossed the bar to Beahan, who finished the play by netting in her first goal of the season.
Despite her young age, Beahan has proven herself to be a very physical and fearless player during the 2012 W-League season. Fortunately for the young University of Washington player, her physicality wasn't the only factor on point tonight. In the 43rd minute, Beahan completed the brace by scoring a goal in the upper corner that sailed right past Jorguesen. At halftime, the Sounders Women led the LA Strikers by a score of 3-1.
In the 73rd minute, former Husky Veronica Perez took a penalty kick, which sailed right into the net. Perez's goal put the Sounders up 5-2.
The Sounders Women will play their final regular-season match against the Pali Blues on Sunday, July 15th at 3:00 p.m.
Here is a great read on UW senior defender Chris Brundage, featured in The Peninsula Gateway.
Brundage is currently playing on recent-PDL NW Division Champions the Sounders U-23 and has made a big impact in their success this season.
(Photo: Chris Coulter / SoundersPhotos.com)
the Sounders winning 5-1 and ending the season with 36 points and first place in the PDL Northwest Division.
A couple of Huskies had big games for the Sounders. Red-shirt junior Michael Uyehara scored in the second minute for his first goal in a Sounders jersey and sophomore transfer Darwin Jones a goal, an assist, and seven out of the team's 12 shots. (Photo: Chris Coulter / SoundersPhotos.com)
Next up for the Sounders U-23 is the first round of the PDL Northwest Division playoffs. They will take on the Washington Crossfire at Franklin Pierce Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
In Redmond, the Portland Timbers U-23s won their final regular-season game against the Washington Crossfire with a 3-0 win. The Timbers finish the season in second place and will play host to the Kitsap Pumas in a divisional playoff match on Sunday at Gladstone High School at 6:30 p.m.
Goalkeeper Spencer Richey anchored the Timbers' second shutout in its last three matches and fifth shutout overall on the season. Portland heads into the postseason having won four of its last six regular-season matches.
US Soccer Newsletter
CHICAGO - The U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team departed for England Tuesday for a pre-Olympic training camp on the grounds of Middlesbrough FC. The team will train in northeast England for six days before traveling north to Glasgow on July 17 to prepare for the opening match of the Olympics on July 25 against France at the famed Hampden Park (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET).
The U.S. will begin Group G play two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies and then face Colombia at Hampden Park on July 28 (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET). The Americans finish group play against Korea DPR on July 31 (5:15 p.m. local / 12:15 p.m. ET) at the legendary Old Trafford in Manchester, home to Manchester United.
The U.S. team will use the week in Middlesbrough to acclimate to the time change (five hours ahead of ET), doing some sight-seeing and make sure that all systems are go as the team heads into the final preparations for what is surely the marquee opening match of the women's soccer tournament.
U.S. head coach Pia Sundage is bringing 22 players to the U.K., the 18-player Olympic Team plus the four players chosen as alternates. In the past, the alternate goalkeeper has traveled with the team, but this will be the first Olympics since 1996 in which the alternate field players will also train with the team as much as possible during the Olympics.
Here is the full USWNT roster for the 2012 London Olympics:
GOALKEEPERS: Hope Solo, Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelly O'Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Saurbrunn
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx, Lauren Cheney, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe
FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach
ALTERNATES: Goalkeeper Jill Loyden, midfielders Lori Lindsey and Meghan Klingenberg, and forward Christen Press.
The Washington Crossfire will host the Timbers U-23s at Redmond High School on Wednesday in their Premier Development League regular-season finale; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT. Wednesday's match will determine the two teams' final positioning in the Northwest Division heading into the preseason.
The Timbers U-23s (9-4-2, 29 pts) currently sit in third place in the Northwest Division while the Crossfire (8-6-1, 25 pts) are in fourth. Both teams have clinched a playoff spot, but the match will finalize the NW Division playoff bracket for this weekend.
With a Portland win, they could move into second place as a result of PDL tiebreakers and would face current-second place Kitsap Pumas in the divisional playoff this Saturday. The team that finishes in second place would go on to play host to the divisional playoff match.
Crossfire will play the first-place Sounders U-23 on Saturday in a divisional playoff match. The winners of these games will head to the Western Conference Final Four.
Current Huskies playing for Crossfire are Ben Fisk, Alex Klein, Patric Pray, Nathan Sackeyfio, and Andy Thoma. Goalkeeper Spencer Richey is on the Timbers U-23s.
The Timbers U-23s and Crossfire face each other for the second time in three games Wednesday in the final matchup in the three-game, regular-season series between the two teams. The series is tied, with Crossfire beating Portland in their first matchup 2-1 and Portland coming out with a 1-0 victory on July 6.
Four former Washington softball players are currently playing in the National Pro Fastpitch league with the USSSA Florida Pride. Here are up-to-date season stats and updates from the past few games they have played in.
Lawrie currently holds 3 wins and 2 losses under her belt this season.
In her last game on July 7, she went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored.
On July 7, Salling helped her team to an 11-6 victory over the Carolina Diamonds.
In her last game on Jun 29, her team was unable to pull out a win against the Chicago Bandits in a close 0-1 game.
For a complete recap of week 4 action click the link below:
For a complete recap of week 5 action click the link below:
Next up for the USSSA Pride is a doubleheader against the Chicago Bandits on Saturday, 7/14/12, starting at 5:05pm and 7:35 pm local time.
Be sure to follow the former Huskies live by watching live streamed games at www.profastpitch.com or by downloading the Official NPF App for iPhone and Droid and have the game stream live to your mobile operating devices. The App can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.
My sister recently graduated from police auxiliary training in Canada after much hard work and determination. I made these cupcakes for her as she has multiple allergies that significantly limit her ability to enjoy many foods. Thus, these cupcakes are dairy, egg, and wheat/gluten free. That may not sound delicious, but they are and actually have the consistency, texture and taste of an authentic cupcake. And when you throw a bunch of frosting and strawberries on something, it's hard NOT to make it delicious.
Let's face it. Strawberries are different. They rebel against all other fruit by carrying their seeds on the outside and are not actually classified as a true berry. Strawberries are in the rose family and come packed with Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium. Like apples, strawberries come in many different varieties, but we have grown accustomed to the typical kind from California that we see in the stores. Their strawberries are generally bigger and bred to withstand transportation. Local Washington strawberries are smaller and sweeter, but much more delicate with a shorter shelf life. Interestingly, eating nitrate rich foods like strawberries before exercise can cause you to burn more calories during your workout. Strawberries are also reported to prevent muscle fatigue by increasing blood flow to muscles by 7%. Throw them into your pre-workout smoothie and your body will thank you.
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Adapted from vancouversun.com
· 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (Or, for gluten-free, 1 ½ cups of the following mixture: 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup potato or tapioca starch, 1/2 cup almond meal and 1 tsp xanthan gum)
· 1 cup sugar
· 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
· 1 tsp baking soda
· ½ tsp salt
· 1 cup cold coffee, water or coconut milk
· ½ cup canola oil
· 2 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
· 2 tsp vanilla extract
Frosting (You may want to substitute Cool Whip or another healthier option)
· 1 cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
· 3 cups powdered sugar
· 1 tsp vanilla extract
· 2-5 tbsp soy, almond or rice milk
· 1 ½ cups hulled and sliced fresh strawberries
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners (makes 14 cupcakes). In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together coffee, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.
Fill the cupcake liners about three-quarters full with batter. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.
To make the frosting: Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the shortening until smooth. With the mixer running on low, add powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon nondairy milk at a time, as needed, until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency. You may not need to use all of the nondairy milk. Beat on high for 2 more minutes until light and fluffy.
Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, slice off the top 1/3 of each cupcake and slather with frosting and sliced strawberries. Place the top of the cupcake back on top and add an additional bit of frosting and sliced strawberries. Dust with powdered sugar.
The Sounders U-23 earned another three points on Sunday in a 1-0 victory against Fraser Valley Mariners FC that saw them win the PDL Northwest Division's regular season Championship.
Sophomore transfer Darwin Jones scored the lone goal 25 seconds into the 2nd half and the Sounders were able to hold onto the win; Jones also had three of the team's 20 shots. Red-shirt junior Michael Uyehara played the full 90 and helped with the shutout in the back line and also took one shot in the match.
The Sounders U-23 have one remaining match on July 11 against North Sound SeaWolves FC, but have already clinched the top spot with 33 points from 15 games.
On July 14th, the Sounders will host a playoff match against the 4th seed Washington Crossfire; the second-place Kitsap Pumas will host the third-place Portland Timbers U-23. The winners of these games will head to the Western Conference Final Four.
In addition to the playoffs, the win ensures that the Sounders U-23 will represent the NW Division in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Tukwila, WA - All current UW student-athletes playing for the Seattle Sounders Women were in the starting 11 in a 5-0 victory against VIctoria Highlanders FC on Friday.
In the final regular-season, sold-out home game for the Sounders, incoming juniors Lindsay Elston, Annie Sittauer and Allie Beahan all recorded shots in the game (1, 2, and 3, respectively). Red-shirt freshman Megan Kufeld played all 90 minutes in goal, recording seven saves and earning the shutout.
Former Husky Veronica Perez had two goals in the game, bringing her goal total up to 11 goals in the regular season (14 for the entire year), good for second-most goals in the W-League. She scored both goals in the second half, making case for W-League MVP.
The Sounders Women currently sit in second place in the Western Conference with 25 points. The team will travel to California for a Wednesday match-up against Santa Clarita, a Friday game on Los Angeles, and then a game against current first-place Pali Blues on Sunday to wrap up the regular season before post-season play.
Also, check out this feature story on Veronica Perez and the magic behind her playing career.
The Sounders U-23 and Timbers U-23s have both clinched a playoff berth in the Premier Development League's Northwest Division with their wins Friday.
The Sounders U-23 defeated the Kitsap Pumas 2-1 Friday night in a dramatic finish, overcoming a 1-0 deficit and scoring two goals in the last 3 minutes of the match. DeAndrew Yedlin tied the game in the 87th minute and an own goal from Pumas defender Steve Mohn in the 88th put the game away for the Sounders U-23.
Husky junior Michael Uyehara played the full 90 minutes for the Sounders and fellow teammate and sophomore transfer Darwin Jones had two shots in the game.
Currently on a four-game winning streak, the Sounders U-23 found themselves atop the PDL northwest division standings with 30 points, dropping previous first-place Kitsap Pumas in a tie for second with the Timbers. The Sounders U-23's can guarantee a first place finish in the division with wins in its last two matches. They will face last place Fraser Valley Mariners on Sunday afternoon and then finish the regular season with a match-up against the North Sound SeaWolves; both matches will be at home at Franklin Pierce High School.
Meanwhile in Camas, Wash., the Portland Timbers U-23s beat the Washington Crossfire 1-0 to guarantee them a spot in the PDL Northwest Division playoffs. Mark Sherrod had the lone goal to extend the Timbers U-23s' unbeaten streak to four matches.
Portland and UW goalkeeper Spencer Richey recorded his third shutout to guide the team to their fourth win in six games, tallying two saves, including a magnificent one in the 17th minute, tipping an open look by Crossfire defender Jordan Burt from inside the box over the crossbar. For the Crossfire, seniors Ben Fisk and Nathan Sackeyfio played the full 90, each having a shot in the game.
The Timbers and Kitsap Pumas will battle out for second place in the division (both are currently tied) on Sunday at Hare Field in Hillsboro, OR at 6 p.m. They will then finish the regular season at Redmond for another match with the Crossfire on Wednesday, June 11.
TAMPA, Fla. - The W-League announced its Team of the Week for Week 8 of the 2012 season today, honoring Seattle Sounders Women midfielder (and former Husky) Veronica Perez as Player of the Week after she recorded her second hat-trick of the season Sunday in a 4-1 victory at the Colorado Rush. The standout performance by Perez came at a crucial time for the Sounders Women, who pulled six points ahead of the Rush in the race for the second Western Conference playoff spot.
Friday (6/29) games:
Portland Timbers U-23s at Fraser Valley Mariners FC, 2-0
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Washington junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey became the first Timbers U-23s goalkeeper to record an offensive point with his assist that set up the second goal in the 2-0 Portland victory against Fraser Valley.
In the final minutes of the contest, a long ball played over the top by Richey set up the insurance goal. Richey recorded his second shutout of the season and was credited with an assist to help lead the Timbers U-23s (8-3-1, 25pts) to their third win in the last four matches.
Washington Crossfire at Kitsap Pumas, 1-2
BREMERTON, WASH. - Washington transfer Nathan Sackeyfio recorded an assist for the Washington Crossfire in a 1-2 loss against current first-place Kitsap Pumas. Kitsap claimed the first ever Ruffneck Cup. Along with Sackeyfio, Huskies Ben Fisk and Andy Thoma played all 90 minutes for Crossfire.
Sounders FC U-23 at North Sound SeaWolves FC, 5-0
EDMONDS, WASH. - The Sounders U-23 defeated the North Sound SeaWolves FC Friday night 5-0 in an impressive performance. Goals by five different Sounders U-23s, paired with solid play at the back, helped earn the victory.
Incoming Husky forward Darwin Jones scored for the Sounders in the 84th minute while junior defender Michael Uyehara helped with the shutout. For the SeaWolves, Quinton Beasley and Abdul Aman played some quality minutes, where Aman had two shots in the game.
Saturday (6/30) games:
Portland Timbers U-23s at Victoria Highlanders FC, 1-1
VICTORIA, B.C. - The Portland Timbers U-23s extended their unbeaten streak to three games after drawing against Victoria Highlanders FC 1-1. Completing a stretch of three road games in eight days with a record of 2-0-1, the team is unbeaten since a 4-3 loss to Seattle on June 22.
North Sound SeaWolves FC at Kitsap Pumas, 1-2
BREMERTON, WASH. - The Kitsap pumas battled from behind to take over first place in the PDL Northwest Division and clinch a playoff spot. After the SeaWolves scored in the fourth minute, Kitsap came back with two goals before half time.
Sunday (7/1) games:
Sounders FC U-23 at Washington Crossfire, 1-0
REDMOND, WASH. - The Sounders U-23 got a late game winner from Aodhan Quinn to take a 1-0 victory over the Washington Crossfire to secure the Sounders a spot in the playoffs.
Darwin Jones took a shot for the Sounders. Ben Fisk, Andy Thoma, and Nathan Sackeyfio played 90 minutes for the Crossfire; Sackeyfio had one shot.
About the PDL Playoffs:
This year, the PDL Northwest will do its own playoff series of 1 v. 4 and 2 v. 3 to see who is sent on to the Conference Finals. The Pumas and Sounders have secured a spot in the playoffs, as they are guaranteed no worse than 4th place in the standings. Crossfire can clinch a spot with one win or one Whitecaps loss (goalwa.com).
Here are the full standings (up until July 1):
Kitsap Pumas, 29pts, 9-3-2
Sounders U-23, 27pts, 8-2-3
Timbers U-23s, 26pts, 8-3-2
Wash. Crossfire, 25pts, 8-5-1
Whitecaps U-23, 18pts, 5-5-3
Highlanders FC, 13pts, 3-6-4
N.S. SeaWolves, 12pts, 4-9-0
F.V. Mariners FC, 1pt, 0-12-1
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