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Former Sounder and Tacoma native Greg Howes spoiled another rescue job by Sounders rookie forward Cam Weaver.
Howes pounded home a 10-yard rebound shot during added time in the 90th minute to keep the Rochester Raging Rhinos unbeaten with a 2-1 decision over the Sounders in United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division match Wednesday at Qwest Field.
Howes, named A-League Rookie of the Year in 2000 with Seattle, hammered in the game-winner, then raced to the end zone and struck a relaxed pose, complete with hands behind his head.
"It looked kind of empty over there, so I thought I'd head over there to the field-level seats," said Howes, a seventh-year pro who left Seattle after his rookie season. "It was kind of a situation where I jumped in there and took advantage of the goalkeeper making a mistake.
"He probably should've corralled the ball in. I just got it on target and made sure it hit it low."
On Howes' game-winner, Seattle goalkeeper David Mahoney punched away a cross that bounced right to Howes' feet.
Mahoney has allowed six goals in two starts, both losses.
Howes' relaxed pose was if to say "No sweat" as the Raging Rhinos (4-0-0, 12 points) opened the season with four consecutive road victories. The goal was Howes' 50th career goal in 121 USL matches and came after Seattle tied the score at 1-1 about five minutes earlier on a Weaver header.
The victory was anything but easy for Rochester — for the second match in a row, Weaver tallied a 1-1 equalizer late. Seattle dipped to 0-3-1 overall and 0-2-1 in USL First Division play.
The 6-foot-4 Weaver scored his second game-tying goal in his first three pro matches, knotting the score at 1-1 in the 85th minute off a precision corner kick from Andrew Gregor. Weaver, who entered in the 71st minute, went high above a crowd of defenders for a header at the left post and punched it over Rochester goalkeeper Scott Vallow.
"I always ask how can guys make an impact in games," Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. "[Weaver] has played 38 minutes and scored two goals."
Weaver's goal ended the Raging Rhinos' shutout streak at three games. Until his goal, Rochester had held opponents scoreless for the first 355 minutes of the season.
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Goals — Sea: 1, Weaver (Gregor) 85:00. Roc: 1, Delicate (un) 70:00; 2, Howes (un) 90:00. Shots — Roc 10, Sea 7. Saves — Roc (Vallow) 1, Sea (Mahoney) 4. Offsides — Roc 5, Sea 2. Corner kicks — Roc 3, Sea 4. Cautions — Roc (Craft 4:00, Edozien 90:00, Howes 90:00), Sea (Scott 31:00, Gregor 75:00). Att — 2,017.