Sumner, Wash. — A goal in the 68th minute by Blake Wise was the difference-maker as the North Sound SeaWolves dropped their third match in a row, losing to the Seattle Sounders U-23 team 1-0 in front of 226 fans Wednesday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
The loss drops the SeaWolves to 0-4-1 in the Premier Development League while the Sounders improved to 3-2-1 with their third win in a row.
“It’s disappointing,” SeaWolves coach Ed Moore said. “I thought our defense did a pretty good job but we continue to struggle finding offense. We just having a hard time putting much pressure on our opponent.”
The Sounders out-shot the SeaWolves 18-8, with 12 of those shots coming after halftime. North Sound keeper Ryan Herman did well to keep Seattle out of the net, making eight saves but Wise broke through midway through the second half, finishing off an assist from Steve Mohn.
Braxton Griffin managed three shots for the SeaWolves while Zach Hamer and Nick Hamer each had a pair of shots.
After four games in a row on the road, North Sound returns home for a 7:30 p.m. match Friday at Edmonds Stadium against the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 team. The game will be livestreamed via USL Live, presented by Brien Ford in Everett via the My Neighborhood News Network, and sponsored by Waterfront Coffee Company and Edmonds Deals.
“Hopefully getting back to our home stadium in front of our home fans will help us turn things around,” Moore said. “This isn’t a long season so we need to figure out what’s going on and correct it quickly. And I think being back at home is going to help with that.”