As the World Outgames continue in Copenhagen following a fireworks attack that injured a Seattle runner, another group of Seattle athletes is ready to put the focus back on the field of play. The Seattle Stonewall FC soccer team, who held their send off party at The Elite, are representing the US at the international LGBT competition.
The team has two matches today in Copenhagen. The first is the quarterfinal game vs. Iceland. A win against the Icelanders advances Stonewall to an afternoon semifinal match against either Italy or Sweden.
Stonewall had already downed Mexico, another entry from Italy and Denmark to advance in the tourney. Here’s a match recap of the victory over the Danes from Stonewall’s site:
As Denmark also won both of their Monday games, the winner of today’s match was taking #1 spot in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Stonewall started strong and should have scored on one of three perfect opportunities within first five minutes of the game, but every time Danish goalkeeper was able to save the shots. After few more minutes Danes shook it off and the game became more balanced. In 12th minute Tom Abrams jumped to the ball crossed by Jared Auckland from the corner kick and put it in the net, but referee called a foul on Danish goalkeeper. We captured the whole situation on video and the goal was definitely fair. But when in 18th minute Jared Auckland sent the ball to Jamie, who finished it despite of a desperate efforts of Danish goalie, the referee had no choice but point to the middle.
In the beginning of second half Danes charged to tie the game and a couple of accidental deflections could have turned out to be very costly, but thanks to Alex, who played another amazing game, and Nader, who played the entire game despite of an injury, the tight lead was preserved. After the final whistle all Stonewallers raised their arms up in triumph, celebrating #1 seed for Thursday’s quarterfinals against Iceland.
The gold medal match will kickoff Friday.