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Sounders U-23 wins in stoppage time

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The Sounders FC U-23 found a stoppage-time winner on a Washington Crossfire own-goal to give the Sounders FC U-23 another late 1-0 victory at Tukwila's Starfire Sports.

In their second match-up this season against the Crossfire, the Sounders FC U-23 stole another victory on a late goal scored after the regulation 90-minutes were up. In their first meeting, Sounders FC U-23 forward Blake Wise connected on an acrobatic bicycle kick through the hands of the keeper in stoppage time.

In another physical match filled with fouls for both sides, the rematch stayed scoreless heading into stoppage time again. Following a counter attack by the Crossfire, Sounders Keeper Zac Lubin punted a long kick up the pitch where Sounders forward Steve Mohn attempted to get behind the defense for a scoring opportunity. With the Crossfire defense backpedaling to clear the danger, Mohn created enough of a disturbance to force the defense to head the ball back to their keeper Ian Clark, who also came out to meet the ball. The ball sailed over his head and into the net to give the Sounders the 1-0 win.

In a scoreless first half, both teams had opportunities to get their offences going. The Crossfire and Sounders U-23 traded attacking possessions throughout the first half. Both sides were getting up the pitch into offensive positions, but neither could find a final touch to create real danger in their attack.

In the 15th minute the Sounders U-23 found a three-on-three opportunity after a poor pass from a Crossfire defender. Luis Estevez cut out the pass and fed it in to Aodhan Quinn. Quinn brought it into the middle and touched it over to his right for Steve Mohn. Mohn lined up the one-touch right-footed shot and drove it directly at Crossfire goal keeper Ian Clark, who collected the shot easily.

The Crossfire came back with a chance of their own in the 21st minute. James Moberg beat out Mark Lee for possession of the ball and took it down low to the right half of the penalty area. Moberg fired a cross in front of goal, but Sounders U-23 keeper Lubin made a diving save to his right to clear the danger.

In the 29th minute the Sounders earned three consecutive corner kicks. On the third try the Crossfire made a half-clearance that found its way out to Blake Wise who settled the ball down and hammered a shot on goal through a crowded penalty area. Wise's shot was struck purely, but spun well right, missing the target and relieving the heavy pressure for the Crossfire.

The Crossfire had another goal-scoring chance in the 33rd minute when Hamza Haddadi took away a poor pass in the midfield and dribbled up the pitch toward goal. Haddadi made a Sounders defender miss and found room at the top of the box to put a shot on goal. Lubin moved his feet well and safely got his body in front of the shot for the save.

The physical first half went to the break in a scoreless draw. The two sides combined to collect a whopping 15 fouls, and two yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes, with 11 of those going against the Crossfire.

In the second half, the Sounders U-23 began to dictate the pace and physicality of the match. The Sounders were creating plenty of scoring opportunities, but were again not connecting on a final ball. The Sounders had 12 corner kicks in the game, but the Crossfire defenders managed all of the set-pieces well.

As the last minutes of the match began to wind down, the Sounders were applying pressure and looked like they would find at least one final ball to break the scoring open.

In the 84th minute, after a hard tackle by Nik Besagno, the Sounders had a free-kick opportunity near the top-right corner of the penalty box. Sounders U-23 midfielder Aaron Kovar took a left-footed shot that looked to be sweeping into the top right corner of the goal. Ian Clark made a great effort to reach the ball before it found its way into the frame, and knocked it out for a corner.

With heavy pressure being applied by the Sounders late in the game, the Crossfire were able to find several counter-attacking opportunities as the clock dwindled away. In the 88th minute Nick James took the ball up the right side looking for a late goal. With no pass to make in front of goal, James took a driving shot that looked like it may have been going in. Sounders U-23 keeper Zac Lubin watched the ball sail just over the crossbar.

After the Crossfire counter attack, Lubin looked to get the ball up the pitch quickly to Mohn. Lubin's long kick fell to the turf about 20-yards from goal and started bounding into the box. With the Crossfire defense backpedaling, Mohn looked like he may have been able to run on, but the ball was met first by the head of Crossfire defender Garret Jackson. Jackson headed it back toward the goal where he thought Clark would be to collect it, but Clark had come out to make his own play on the ball. The ball floated neatly into the open net, and the Sounders U-23 hung on for the 1-0 victory.

With the win, the Sounders U-23 earned the all-important three points, bringing their season total to 13. Coming down the stretch of the regular season, the Sounders U-23 will play five of their last six matches on the road. On Friday, June 21st, they will head to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps FC U-23. For live updates from the match follow us on Twitter: @SoundersU23 and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Scoring Summary:

SFC - Garret Jackson (OG) 90+'

Sounders FC U-23 – Zac Lubin, Mark Lee, Josh Phillips (Michael Uyehara 45'), Chris Brundage, Michael Gallagher, Luis Estevez (Abdul Aman 76'), Blake Wise (Aaron Kovar 60'), Jordan Schweitzer, Michael Harris (Mauricio DeLeon 80'), Aodhan Quinn, Steve Mohn.

Substitutes Not Used: Jacob Feener, Miles Byass, Chase Hanson.

TOTAL SHOTS: 12; FOULS: 7; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 12; SAVES: 4.

Washington Crossfire – Ian Clark, Jose Ocamo, Garret Jackson, Matthew Fischer, Justin Schmidt, Matthew Sarett (Junior Sanchez 60'), Nick James, Nik Besagno, Ben Fisk, Hamza Haddadi (Sean Russell 45'), James Moberg.

Substitutes Not Used: Mike Arguello, , Justin Amundsen, Jordan Zogg, Nicco Piacentini, Leland Matthaeus.

TOTAL SHOTS: 9; FOULS: 16; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1.

Misconduct Summary:

SFC - Jordan Schweitzer (caution) 22'

WCF - Hamza Haddadi (caution) 34'

SFC - Aodhan Quinn (caution) 63'

WCF - Ben Fisk (caution) 64'

WCF - Nik Besagno (caution) 83'

Referee: Joe Dickerson

Referee's Assistants: Ben Warren, John Towers

Attendance: 245

Time of Game: 8:00 p.m. PST

Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees

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