Western New York’s 4-0 road victory over Boston secured the fourth and final playoff berth in the National Women’s Soccer League. Seattle Reign FC was eliminated from playoff consideration.
Jessica McDonald scored in the second minute and Western New York secured the fourth and final playoff spot in the National Women’s Soccer League with a 4-0 rout of the Boston Breakers on Saturday in Allston, Mass.
The victory by Western New York (9-6-5) leaves Seattle Reign FC (7-6-6) out of the NWSL playoffs for the first time since its inaugural season in 2013. The Reign closes out its season with a match Sunday night at Houston (6-9-4).
Lynn Williams and Samantha Mewis also scored in the first half as the Flash staked itself to a 3-0 lead.
UW, SU square off in men’s match
The men’s soccer rivalry between Washington and Seattle U is less about enmity than mutual respect.
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For 90-some minutes on Sunday evening at Husky Soccer Stadium, sure, UW (5-3) and SU (4-3) will go at it. Neither side has gotten off to an ideal start, and both teams could use a win heading into conference play.
But for the rest of this season and even beyond it, both programs realize what is good for one can be beneficial to the other.
Seattle’s pair of Division I programs have taken to coordinating nonconference schedules. On Sept. 16, SU hosted College of Charleston and UW played Davidson. Two days later, they flipped opponents.
The weekend before that, both squads visited New England to take on Harvard and Dartmouth, taking the same flight back home.
“We’re smart enough to help each other,” Redhawks coach Pete Fewing said.
Under coach Jamie Clark, UW has established itself as an annual contender in the Pac-12. Fewing’s Redhawks reached the top 10 in the polls for the first time in school history last season en route to a Sweet 16 berth in the NCAA tournament.
On Sunday, they will play for a rivalry trophy for the first time, the Washington Athletic Club/101 Club Cup.
Ties are so intertwined that Fewing, a former Husky, still has his UW letterman’s jacket in his closet.
“It will be a very intense game, a very fired-up game,” Fewing said. “There will be emotion to it. But there’s a bond and a mutual respect between both teams.”
Either the Redhawks or Huskies have represented the area in the NCAA round of 16 for the past three seasons. Before SU’s run, UW made it that far in 2014 and the quarterfinals the year before while featuring current Sounders Cristian Roldan and Darwin Jones.
“Cristian and Darwin are, in college soccer, as high-end as it gets,” Clark said. “We don’t have anybody quite as high-end right now as those two guys. But we have a deeper group than we’ve ever had.”
For UW, keep a close eye on Henry Wingo, a Sounders academy product, and Kyle Coffee, a redshirt-sophomore forward. True freshman Handwalla Bwana, who suited up for S2 earlier this year, tallied a goal and two assists in the overtime win over Davidson last weekend.
The Redhawks’ attack is again headlined by David Olsen, who is from Auburn. Senior Kyle Bjornethun is the defensive bedrock and Alex Roldan – Cristian’s younger brother – teams with Cameron Rohani in midfield.