90 Minutes of Action Produces 2-2 Draw
The Pali Blues play their second game of the weekend on Sunday
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Saturday, June 6, 2009) – The Pali Blues Soccer Club (2-0-1) ran into a worthy competitor when they traveled to play the Seattle Sounders (2-0-3) on Friday night at the Starfire Complex, and 90 minutes of hard-fought soccer eventually resulted in a 2-2 draw. The contest was the first non-win for the Blues since joining the W-League in 2008, but the team still persevered in this match to run their league unbeaten streak to 17 games.
"Seattle, as always, played a great game, but I felt we deserved better,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. “They certainly had a few more chances, but in the end, we created quite a few more 100 percent opportunities than they did."
Sounder midfielder Michelle French opened the scoring in this match-up when she scored a feed from defender Kathryn Warner in the 35th minute, but the Blues would quickly retaliate. Just three minutes later, the Blues offense would move the ball through the Seattle midfield, and defender Whitney Engen then tallied her first goal of the young season by scoring a solo knock. With the count still knotted up at one each, the whistle blew seven minutes later to send the two teams into halftime. As the competition on the field continued to heat up, the Blues eventually received a go-ahead notch in the 72nd minute on a Jodie Taylor to Lauren Cheney score. Seattle stayed on the attack at this point in the match, and their efforts then produced an equalizer in the 85th minute on a Veronica Perez goal. With the scoreboard reading 2-2, the final minutes of regulation elapsed, and the result became official.
"Overall, it was the best we played all season, and our team showed a lot of character coming back from a goal down, navigating through a few injuries to our backline during the game and dealing with the worst officiating I have ever experienced in my time in the W-League,” Naimo reflected. “No excuses, though, because if we finished better, the missed calls would not have kept us from three points. It is absolutely critical we get a result in Vancouver."
Next up for the Blues is that aforementioned road match-up against the Whitecaps on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m., and that contest can be viewed live by logging on to www.usllive.com. The team will remain on the road for their next three games before returning to the Stadium by the Sea for a 7:00 p.m. pairing with Vancouver on Tuesday, June 23rd.