Sunday, June 2, 2013

WPSL NW Recap: Cordner brace highlights opening weekend

The Seattle Reign Reserves presented by Issaquah SC (SRR Issaquah) put an emphatic end to their holdover stalemate from last year with local rival Emerald City, blanking them 3-0 Friday evening on a brace from Kennya Cordner. Meanwhile, newcomers Westside Timbers earned a win in their opener while splitting a two-game road trip.

FRIDAY, May 31

Bend Timbers 1 :: 4 Eugene Metro Azul
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Formerly known as Oregon Rush, the Bend Timbers ended a seven-game scoreless drought when Kristin Parr, who had two goals for the club last year, scored 10 minutes into the Oregon match-up. Taylor Boyd helped send the match to the break even when she combined with Taylor Housley in the 31st for the equalizer.

"It was a nice combo goal," said Eugene coach Jurgen Ruckaberle. "Azul had some good chances in the first half but could not capitalize. Bend was dangerous with counter-attacks."

Italian addition Gaia Mastrovincenzo put Azul in front in the 63rd minute and Eugene never looked back with Boyer adding a goal of her own five minutes later from long distance and Brooke Strawn capping the scoring in the 72nd. Elise Nord and Abby Steele combined for the victory in goal with a half each.

Scoring Summary
Bend: Kristen Parr 10
EM: Taylor Housley (Taylor Boyer) 31
EM: Gaia Mastrovincenzo 63
EM: Taylor Boyer 68
EM: Brooke Strawn 72

Emerald City 0 :: 3 SRR Issaquah 

Cordner, the second-leading scorer last year in the division, picked up right where she left off. Jaclyn Softli, however, may have stolen the show though as she contributed on all three goals. Softli tallied the opener five minutes into the match off a cross from former Aston Villa midfielder Emma Follis. The Washington Husky striker then set up Cordner twice. In the 32nd minute she sent a ball behind the defense into the box from the left flank that the T&T international beat the keeper to. On the hour mark she redirected a ball in mid-air provided by fellow Aston Villa teammate Erin Vaughan from the right flank forward and over the defense to Cordner, who split the defenders and charged toward goal, collecting the ball at the right edge of the six and turning to goal to fire a close-range effort into the far side netting after cutting past a recovering defender. Full report & coach comments @ >> 

Scoring Summary
ISS: Jaclyn Softli (Emma Follis) 5
ISS: Kennya Cordner  (Jaclyn Softli) 32
ISS: Kennya Cordner (Jaclyn Softli) 60

Madison Misi

Westside Timbers 2 :: 1 Spokane Shine

In a tight affair in which there were limited opportunities for both sides, it was the 13-woman squad of the visiting Westside Timbers that prevailed in the end via a last-minute strike from left back Annie Jonsson in the 89th minute. Scoreless through the first half, the visitors caught the Spokane defense spread out early in the second stanza, breaking through with a ball up the gap by Ariana Cooley that was finished nicely by 16-year-old Madison Misi. Despite a few quality chances the Shine created, it was a loose ball that came to the outer left corner of the area in the 65th minute that allowed Lisa Clausen to fire it past Angela Haluska for the equalizer. Full report & coach comments @ >>

Scoring Summary
WES: Madison Misi (Ariana Cooley) 50
SPO: Lisa Clausen 65
WES: Annie Jonsson 89

SUNDAY, June 2

Westside Timbers 0 :: 4 Emerald City 
Erin Craig celebrates goal | Wilson Tsoi / GoalWA

Two road games in their opening weekend of play proved to be too much for Westside, allowing Emerald City to bounce back nicely from the loss in their opener. The Timbers kept it close early again with Hillary Zevenbergen providing the lone goal in the first half just before the half-hour mark. Caroline Brawner doubled the advantage four minutes into the second half and then Caroline Karlsson scored in the 70th before setting up University of Montana star Erin Craig for the finale in the 81st. Video Highlights [+] Full report & coach comments @ >>

Scoring Summary
EC: Hillary Zevenbergen (Lindsey Bos) 29
EC: Caroline Brawner (Kate Bennett) 49
EC: Caroline Karlsson 70
EC: Erin Craig (Caroline Karlsson) 81
Cordner scored with NWSL Reign | Dale Garvey / GoalWA


SRR Issaquah teammates Kennya Cordner (2 goals) and Jaclyn Softli (1 goal, 2 assists) are the early leaders in the division in points. The good news, at least for those around the division, is Cordner may be catching the eye of the NWSL Seattle Reign, who are still winless on the year (0-7-1) and have just four goals in their eight games played. In a friendly played Sunday, the Reign included Cordner as a guest player and posted a 6-0 win over Haiti in which the T&T international scored the fourth goal of the contest. Erin Vaughan was also called up for the match.