Friday, July 29, 2016
Sounders Women undefeated in regular season, fall to San Diego late
It was a new year in a new league with the same philosophy for the Sounders Women. Player First, then chase championships. The team has operated for nearly two decades as a development team for women in the United States. With the ever changing soccer landscape, the Sounders Women played their first year in the WPSL to great success under new head coach Kim Calkins. The team finished the regular season as WPSL NW Division Champions and they advanced to the Western Conference Championship and narrowly lost to the San Diego Sea Lions who will represent the Western Conference this weekend in the WPSL Final Four. The loss against the Sea Lions was the only loss of the season for the Sounders Women.
“It was an honor for our coaching staff to the have the opportunity to work with the Sounders Women this year. I have no doubt that a number of these players will have future professional opportunities in the game. We had quite a bit of success this season, however, as competitors, we always want to achieve the next level and do even more for the club. I could not be more proud of the effort from the players and the quality of young women representing Sounders Women this year. I look forward to watching the success of the many of them throughout their college fall seasons,” explained Calkins, Sounders Women Head Coach.
The team was highlighted by a group of players from Florida State University in Cassie Miller, Kaycie Tillman, Natalia Kuikka, and Megan Connolly. These players traveled about as far as they could to work on their player development this summer. When you add the local players from the University of Washington, Seattle University and others, the mix was solid for the first year in the WPSL and resulted in an undefeated regular season for the Women in Rave Green. Kelly Beck from Seattle University and Kate Bennet from the University of Washington played big roles for the Sounders Women in helping lead the young group to success.
The Sounders Women now break for the year with many young women heading back to their respective college soccer programs with the dream of moving up in the game following the seasons they complete this fall. The Sounders Women program has again helped players in the development growth toward the top level of soccer in the United States and we look forward to watching them in the years to come.
For information about the Sounders Women, please go to www.sounderswomen.com.