Tukwila, WA – The Sounders Women have won each of their first two games by a score of 5-0. The first victory was built by five different scorers. On Friday night, in front of a sellout crowd, Sydney Leroux scored a hat trick to put a victory on her shoulders.
Leroux played a strong match in the Sounders Women opener, Monday night, but could not notch a goal. Four days later she burst open the flood gates by scoring in the 38th, 41st, and 86th minutes.
The first 30 minutes of the Sounders vs. Seattle University were fairly timid. Both teams struggled to generate clear cut chances. That all changed in the 38th minute on a Sounders corner kick. Kara Kuttler, Seattle University's 9th all time scorer, who now players for the Sounders, clipped in a corner kick to the back side of the six yard box. Kate Deines won the header and it eventually fell to Leroux's feet. She used one swift kick to drive a low shot and open up the scoring.
Just two minutes after her first goal for the Sounders Women, the U.S. National Team forward scored a second. This time Leroux found herself in space along the left channel. She drove with the ball toward the top of the box and unleashed a right footed blast that Seattle U. goalkeeper, Brittany Lott, couldn't reach.
Leroux recounted the goal, "I heard Steph (Cox) yell from behind, my national team teammate, and she said to go at her. I thought, yeah, I haven't really done that yet so I took her on and then another and it opened up. I got a good strike and it went in. It was great."
The first half was ended with style as Keelin Winters scored off a scramble in the box. Winters had just returned to Seattle the night before, after traveling to Germany to discuss signing with a professional German Side.
"I just got back from Germany last night at 9pm. So I'm a little jet lagged, but I called up Frenchie right away and said I wanted to play." Winters said after the match. "She was all in so it was great."
The second half was more of the same. A number of substitutions took a little while to gel for the Sounders, but eventually the goals came. Veronica Perez again scored on a long shot from the edge of the box. This tally came in the 70th minute after a nice exchange in the midfield with Keelin Winters. The ball eventually came back in from the left side and a few quick touches were all Perez needed to unleash the long shot.
The Player of the Game, Sydney Leroux, capped off a great night with her hat trick in the 86th minute. Second half substitute, M'ily Reiter lofted a ball in from the right wing, and Leroux had a few defenders to out jump. Once she elevated near the penalty spot, she needed a flick of the head to redirect the ball in to the bottom far post.
The Sounders Women take their plus 10 goal differential into one last exhibition match on May 4.