The Seattle Sounders Women got off to the new-look start in fine fashion with a 5-0 victory over Seattle Pacific University in a preseason friendly. It was the first action with four of the team's five US Women's National Team stars in the lineup, including Richland native Hope Solo, who posted 83 shutout minutes before being switched out.
Spokane native Megan Lindsay had very limited opportunities on the night as the Sounders dominated possession. The Gonzaga Prep grad in the first half had a shot on goal and set up another in two of the very few moments that Solo was challenged.
While Solo was quiet, her counterpart had a busy evening. Though she gave up five on the night, sophomore and Everett, Wash. native Alexa Hughes made several fantastic saves in her debut performance for the Falcons.
The contest, which was also the first match of SPU's spring schedule, drew quite a bit of attention with the National Team stars making their debut. The Starfire Soccer stadium had a good crowd on hand and the online broadcast drew nearly 1,000 simultaneous viewers at times during the match.