Women's Soccer Falls At Washington, 1-0

Nov. 11, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - - The Oregon State women's soccer squad surrendered a goal in the second minute of play in their match against Washington on Sunday afternoon and was unable to net an equalizer over the next 88 minutes. The Beavers fell to 10-8-2 overall and 2-6-1 in Pacific-10 Conference play with the 1-0 setback in Seattle.

The score came when UW's (12-4-2, 6-2-1) Gina Brewer set up Caroline Putz with a pass that Putz lofted over OSU goalkeeper Jo Fletcher from 20 yards out for what proved to be the final score of 1-0 at the 1:52 mark.

'This was a hard-fought game,' fourth-year OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'We gave up a disappointing goal in the first two minutes, and that kind of took the wind out of our sails. I think we showed that we are still a young team in that it took us most of the first half to recover.

'We came back and played well in the second half, so we're not overly disappointed, and we still feel good.'

Despite the loss to Washington, OSU's record of 10-8-2 is the best mark since the 1995 squad went 14-6-0. The Beavers' two Pac-10 wins are the most since the 1995 campaign as well, when OSU went 4-3-0.

OSU's 10 wins mean the Beavers still have a shot at being selected for a postseason berth in the NCAA Tournament, and they will await the announcement of the field on Monday's selection show.

Katie Henderson, OSU's leading scorer this year with a career-high 20 points, was held to one shot on the afternoon. Morgan Crabtree squeezed off three shots, but the Beavs' second- and third-leading scorers - Lindsey Beem and Jillian Nicks - were held to a combined one shot.

'Washington defended well today - they did a good job of controlling the midfield,' Fennah said.

In goal, Jo Fletcher stopped four Husky shots, three in the first half, to bring her season saves total to 84 for the year.

Washington outshot the Beavers 17-6, but the OSU backfield did a good job of marking out and preventing the Husky attackers from getting many good scoring threats.

'The backs were fine,' Fennah said. 'They did a good job today, but we just got caught early and didn't get tight on Putz. We'd talked about keeping the ball off her left foot - she's got a great left foot - and she just lofted it over our keeper's head from about 25 yards.'

With the hope of a postseason berth still alive and its most wins in six years, OSU has reason to be pleased.

'I'm extremely pleased with the step we made this year,' Fennah said. 'We're a young team, and we've come together and played well.'

WASHINGTON 1, OREGON STATE 0

Oregon State 0 0 - 0

Washington 1 0 - 1

Scoring:

UW - Caroline Putz (Gina Brewer), 1:51

Summary:

SHOTS: OSU 6 (Crabtree 3, Kaady 1, Henderson 1, Nicks 1), UW 17 (Carstensen 3, Ruport 1, Putz 2, Brewer 3, Pierce 1, Otagaki 2, Martinez 1, Smith 1, Bennett 2, Frimpong 1). CORNER KICKS: OSU 3, UW 6. SAVES: OSU 4 (Fletcher 4), UW 2 (Solo 2). FOULS: OSU 9, UW 10.

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