LITTLETON, Colo. - Following a disappointing three-game winless trip through California, the Colorado Rapids Women began the week Tuesday night with a scoreless draw at the Colorado Rush in a match played at the North Area Athletic Complex in Littleton, Colo.
Temperatures in the mid 90s favored the Rapids in the first half, as their physical style seemed to overpower the young Rush team that started seven players currently playing in the Rush youth system. Rapids forward Erin Gunther was the most dangerous player on the field in the first half, tallying five shots and providing dangerous services on corners and set pieces.
Rush goalkeeper Bethany Kanten was up to the challenge and held the Rapids scoreless in the first half. The best chance for the Rush came in the 39th minute when Forward Becca Rassmussen quickly passed the Rapids left back and whipped a ball across the face of goal, just ahead of an on-rushing Danica Evans.
The second half saw cooler temperatures and with it, the young Rush players seemed more comfortable on their new home field. U18 teammates Madi Hall and Morgan Stanton got the home crowd fired up moments into the half as a clever overlap and resulting cross led to a quality chance for the Rush, but the Rapids got a foot on the cross to deny the chance.
Rush leading goal scorer Evans was much more active in the second half, drawing several fouls and repeatedly putting the Rapids backline under pressure. A string of passes in front of the box fell to Kelsey Loupee deep into stoppage time, but her bending left-footed shot just missed the far post, and the final whistle blew for a scoreless final.
The Rapids Women, now 1-2-2 on the season, return home to host the Seattle Sounders Women on Friday, June 14 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (6 p.m. MT, BUY TICKETS)