Sounders women top Huskies, 3-1
Second-half goals by Alex Morgan, Veronica Perez and Lyndsey Patterson lifted the Sounders women to a 3-1 exhibition victory at Starfire Sports Stadium.
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TUKWILA — It goes down as a loss for the Washington women's soccer team, but it was also a night to remember for Hillary Zevenbergen.
Second-half goals by Alex Morgan, Veronica Perez and Lyndsey Patterson lifted the Sounders women to a 3-1 exhibition victory over the Huskies Friday night in front of a sellout crowd at Starfire Sports Stadium.
But the eyebrow-raiser of the night was Washington's goal, by Zevenbergen in the 59th minute to knot the match at 1-1. Zevenbergen, a graduate of King's School in Shoreline who will be a UW junior next fall, can now tell the world she scored against Hope Solo.
"She's the best goalie in the world," Zevenbergen said. "At first, I totally didn't believe that it went in. I had to check the scoreboard a couple of times to make sure that it actually happened. It's really exciting. She's awesome."
The Sounders women, 3-0 in exhibition play, scored first in the 53rd minute when Megan Rapinoe, a U.S. national team member playing her first game with Seattle, sent in a corner kick that UW's senior-to-be goalkeeper, Kari Davidson, nearly punched away.
Morgan, one of five U.S. women's national team members on Seattle's roster, intercepted the ball and hammered it home from short range with her left foot.
Zevenbergen's goal, a far-post low ball from a sharp angle 15 yards out, was set up by a beautiful long pass by Lindsay Elston. It was the first goal Solo has surrendered as a member of the Sounders women.
Perez, a 2009 UW grad and Mexico national team member who at the moment is staying with her former coach, Lesle Gallimore, pounded in the go-ahead goal off a corner kick in the 70th minute.
Patterson added the final goal on a hard blast from less than 15 yards out in the 89th minute.
"Playing against, arguably, a sub-national team, I thought we held our own for quite a while," said Gallimore. "At halftime we talked specifically about Hillary trying to get out into those wide channels, and Lindsay Elston just played her a terrific ball.
"She caught Hope sort of out and backpedaling, and tucked a nice goal away," she said. "I don't like to see Hope scored on. I was at the World Cup all last summer and anytime anything goes in on her, it's heart-wrenching to me. But I'm super-happy for Hilary."
The Sounders women were too much for UW (7-8-5 last fall) in the second half. "We got punished out wide for not defending as well as we possibly could have," Gallimore said. "You can see how fast and quick they are."
Perez said she enjoyed playing against her former school.
"I think they did great," she said, "and I'm proud of our team for coming back. The goal was a little shocking, but it happens."