Northwest -- Sounders' Win Streak Ends In Shootout Loss
Seattle Times News Services
ATLANTA - It took a shootout, but the Seattle Sounders' seven-game winning streak came to an end last night as the Atlanta Ruckus held on for a 2-1 victory in an A-League game.
The last time Seattle lost an A-League match was June 29 at Memorial Stadium against Atlanta, also in a 2-1 shootout.
Despite the loss, Seattle (14-4, 39 points) still picked up a one point and increased its first-place lead over second-place Montreal (11-5, 34 points). The third-place Ruckus evened their record at 10-10 (26 points).
In the shootout, the Sounders held a 2-1 lead as Peter Hattrup and Neil Megson each scored, but three straight misses kept Atlanta's hopes alive. Atlanta's Lenin Steenkamp, the fifth shooter, scored to tie the match at 2-2. Then after Seattle's David Hoggan missed his attempt wide left, Atlanta's Mo Suri slid the game-winner past goalie Marcus Hahnemann.
-- The Sounders added two players to their roster - midfielders Dominic Kinnear and Brian Haynes - just before the A-League roster freeze Thursday at midnight. Kinnear was one of the final cuts on the 1994 U.S. World Cup team. Haynes, a current member of the Trinidad & Tobago National team, was purchased for an undisclosed amount of cash from the Colorado Foxes.
-- Jan-Michael Gambill, who will be a Washington freshman this fall, advanced to today's singles semifinals at the U.S. National Junior Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. Gambill beat Huntley
Austin 6-4, 6-4 to set up today's final against Stanford-bound Ryan Wolter. Earlier, Wolter teamed up with Kevin Kim (Fullerton, Calif.) to beat Gambill and Eric Drew (Woodinville High graduate) 6-3, 6-1 in the doubles semifinals.
-- Defending champion Greg Barton of Seattle placed second in the Clean Water Challenge, the world's longest canoe and kayak endurance race. Barton, U.S. Olympic medalist, compiled a time of 69 hours, 42 minutes over a course that ended in New York City.
-- Everett and Lakeside Recovery Center of Bellevue stayed alive in the Senior American Legion state baseball tournament in Yakima. Everett ousted Wenatchee 8-2, and Lakeside eliminated Spokane 19-9 yesterday.
Kurt Koshelnik's two-run double during a five-run fifth inning helped Everett past Wenatchee, and Danny Keim pitched a six-hitter. Burke Eathorne, Ryan Luther, Will Sullivan and Pete Lucarelli combined for 12 hits and 13 RBI for Lakeside.
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