Spokane Sounders Unbeaten in Girls Academy Openers
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
An unbeaten record of 11-0-1 for an opening road trip to Oregon was a fantastic way to kick off the 2022-23 Girls Academy season. The Spokane Sounders ladies opened with five wins and a draw at Eugene Timbers and capped weekend with a sweep of Bridge City FC.
“The Girls Academy sides opened with a great first weekend with seven wins and a draw – fantastic for having to travel such a long way to western Oregon; and to get those kinds of results on road is very encouraging.” said Girls Director of Coaching Kevin Moon. “We are looking to build on those performances as the season progresses.”
A trio of teams – G2003/04, G2008 and G2009 – were perfect on the weekend with shutouts in both contests.
The oldest group, to not much surprise, was led by the exploits of Livvy Moore and Erin Ewers. Moore tallied two goals and both assists on Ewers tallies in a 4-0 win against Eugene with Sammie Symmes getting the other assists. The next day in a 5-0 result Moore struck four times with Sierra VanGesen netting the other… on an assist from Moore. In goal, Mercedes Cullen and Abbie Scott split time with a half in each game for shutout weekends.
The G2008 ladies started the weekend with a 1-0 victory over the Timbers on a goal from Makenna Moore courtesy of Quinn Mueller. They rolled to a big win the next day, 8-0, with Mueller scoring twice. Keagan Tee and Lily Romey also netted braces with Grace Cockley and Avery Davidson getting the others. Aliana Vakalaloma registered the pair of shutouts.
They youngest group was led by a team effort Saturday in a 3-0 win on three different scorers. Brooke Rogers, Hailey Joswick and Layla Baker put them on the board with Kinley Collins getting a pair of assists. The next day in a 7-0 result Joswick added two more to her ledger. Lydia Lynn tallied her first in a hat-trick performance and Kinlee Lutz and Hailey Roberts rounded out the scoring. Taylor Nordean was in goal for the pair of shutouts.
Also posting a shutout on the road were the G2007 ladies as they battled Eugene to a scoreless stalemate Saturday with Karlee Roderick in goal. The following day they picked up their first win with Jennah Wanner and Makenna Stuart each recording a pair of goals and an assist in the 4-2 contest.
The other two older groups grabbed a pair of clutch one-goal decisions on the road.
The G2005s won 2-1 the first day with goals from Emily Todd and Isabel Wright. Cami Hattenburg and Ella Carnahan set them up. It was a 3-2 result the next day with Todd adding two more goals and Wright again wrapping things up with the other. Hattenburg set up two more with Reese Walker and Abbie Sicilia also setting up goals.
Rounding things out, the G2006 ladies posted 2-1 wins in both games with Caylee Kerr involved in all four goals. On Saturday she scored both courtesy of Rebecca Skinner and Inga Mitchell. On Sunday, her set piece delivery was knocked down to Bella Huberdeau for one goal with Kerr netting the other via Addie Edmondson.
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