UW Avoids Upset, Ties Oregon 1-1 in Women's Soccer

Nov. 9, 2001

SEATTLE - Freshman defender Nicole Martinez scored with just over two minutes left in regulation Friday to help the 16th-ranked Washington women rally for a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Oregon in front of 1,357 spectators at Husky Soccer Field.

Defending Pac-10 champion Washington's record moved to 11-4-2 overall and 5-2-1 in conference play. The Ducks, who lost all five previous meetings with UW, are now 7-8-2 with a 1-6-1 Pac-10 record.

'A tie is disappointing for us as far as how it affects us in the Pac-10 standings,' said UW Coach Lesle Gallimore. 'I was just pleased with how we battled and kept in it. We hung in there and created a chance for ourselves to get the equalizer.'

Oregon struck first with 12 minutes left in regulation on a 25-yard blast by Ann Westermark. She received a pass in the center of the field from Nicole Garbin and placed it into the upper left corner of the UW goal at 78:33.

The Huskies registered the equalizer at 87:43 off of a corner kick by sophomore Melissa Bennett. Junior Vanessa Pierce headed the ball toward goal and Martinez pushed it into the net from five yards out for her first collegiate score.

Both teams had dangerous chances late in overtime, including near misses by each team's top scorer inside the final three minutes. Oregon's Chalise Baysa broke free and shot a ball that traveled just wide to the right of the Husky goal in the 118th minute. Washington senior Caroline Putz fired a high, hard shot that was tipped over the crossbar by Duck goalkeeper Sarah Peterson with 1:37 left to play.

Peterson saved 15 shots for Oregon which was outshot 33-19. Washington junior Hope Solo, a national player of the year candidate, had five saves.

The Ducks had a near goal denied by UW freshman defender Kelli Smith who cleared a shot by Westermark off the goal line in the 24th minute.

'In overtime, we clearly had the more dangerous chances that could have given us the win,' Gallimore said. 'Oregon obviously came out playing for their lives and did a great job of playing a great game against us. We expect the same thing on Sunday.'

Washington concludes the regular season on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Oregon State at Husky Soccer Field. The pairings for the 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday at noon.

NCAA Women's Soccer
#16 Washington 1, Oregon 1 (2ot)
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UO, Ann Westermark (Nicole Garbin), 78:33. 2, UW, Nicole Martinez (Melissa Bennett, Vanessa Pierce), 87:43.

Shots -- UO 19, UW 33.
Saves- - UO 15 (Sarah Peters) UW 5 (Hope Solo).
Corner Kicks -- UO 2, UW 5.
Fouls -- UO 10, UW 12.
Attendance -- 1,357.

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