Women's Soccer Nearly Upsets No. 13 Washington, Settles for 1-1 Tie at Seattle

Nov. 9, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - The University of Oregon women's soccer team nearly pulled off the biggest upset in school history Friday night, but allowed a late goal to No. 13 Washington to salvage a 1-1 tie.

The Ducks are now 7-8-2 and 1-6-1 in the Pac-10. The Huskies' record moves to 11-4-2 and 5-2-1.

'We had several good chances at the end but we didn't convert,' sixth-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said. 'We battled hard and played with a lot of heart. Our kids did well. It was a good night for them.'

Sophomore midfielder Ann Westermark struck first for Oregon, scoring in the 78th minute from 25 yards out, hitting the upper-left corner of the net. Freshman Nicole Garbin assisted on the play on a pass from the center of the field.

However, with 2:17 left in regulation play, the Huskies scored off of a corner kick by Melissa Bennett. Vanessa Pierce headed the ball toward goal and Nicole Martinez pushed it into the net from five yards out for her first collegiate score.

'We were able to sustain their swing in momentum, which says a lot about our character,' Steffen said.

The Ducks haven't defeated nor tied the Huskies in five matches, until Friday.

'Washington is a good team, a legit top 20 team,' Steffen said. 'We've proven again tonight we can compete well with those types of teams.'

Sarah Peters recorded a season-high 15 saves for the Ducks, who were outshot 33-19.

The Ducks wrap up their season Sunday at Washington State at 1 p.m. An Oregon win would clinch the first .500 record since the university added the sport in 1996.

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