Running warm up/down 18:59  2.45 mi (7:45 / mi) +20m 7:33 / mi
Lake Washington Kangaroos 3-0 Mountlake Terrace Hawks, FT*
LW: 22', 36' (OG), 53'
LW - 57%
MT - 43%
Shots (On Goal):
LW - 9 (5)
MT - 4 (2)
LW - 12
MT - 5
LW - 4-4-2
MT - 4-5-1
As evidenced by the scoreline, the Kangs were quite clearly the better side, which was most apparent in the midfield. LW deployed several quality holding and attacking players to great effect, leading to a significant possession advantage and far more offensive potency, and displayed the lion's share of individual class and playmaking dynamism.
Yet although they dominated the run of play, consistently asked questions of Mountlake Terrace's defence, and tallied twice in the opening half, the Kangs would have gone to the break scoreless if not for the howling misadventures of the Hawks' goalkeeper in attempting to defend corner kicks. She badly misjudged one, leading to a point-blank header for the opener, then later saw another glance off her hands directly into her net for an own goal and an 0-2 byline at the halftime whistle.
Lake Washington netted a decisive third soon after the restart on a briskly struck effort from the top of the box, which effectively determined the outcome, and the bulk of the second half passed without great excitement, each side producing just a handful of half-chances. The Kangs' keeper was challenged on one occasion by a close-in attempt after a goalfront scrum, but acquitted herself nicely with a quality save and in the end the clean score sheet was well-deserved.
For their part, Mountlake Terrace struggled mightily throughout to see possession within the attacking third. The Hawks' lone striker proved to be their most effective individual player, but suffered from a lack of quality service and saw little of the ball for much of the match, often drawing two and three defenders and only manufacturing her clearest chance off a stoppage of play within the last five minutes. She was also put clean through to goal on one occasion, but saw that attempt snuffed out by a Neueresque clearance from the LW keeper before finding a touch.
*All statistics approximate (except final score, which is exact)