Late UW Rally Falls Short in 2-1 Loss at Ohio State
Sept. 17, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Lisa Collison scored what proved to be the decisive goal in the 80th minute Sunday, helping the Buckeye women's soccer team win its own Ohio State Tournament with a 2-1 victory over Washington at Jesse Owens Stadium.
The Huskies' record evened at 4-4. They finished fourth in the tournament that included Friday's 1-0 loss to Dayton. Ohio State (4-2-1), which defeated California 1-0 on Friday, posted its first victory in three all-time meetings with Washington.
Collison's game-winner came on a breakaway as she ran on to a through ball from Melissa Miller and scored at 79:09.
UW trimmed the deficit to one seven minutes later on the first career goal from freshman forward Veronica Perez-Murillo (San Mateo, Calif.). She received a cross from sophomore Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore.) and netted the ball from the left side at 86:32.
The Huskies had a late opportunity to tie the score, but an 88th-minute shot by Beal was stopped by OSU goalkeeper Lauren Robertson.
'We gave up a bad breakaway to put it at 2-0, but we were getting chances,' described UW Coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We finished one of them and we still had opportunities after that. Melissa Beal hit a shot far post, but it wasn't hit quite hard enough. Their keeper is solid and played well all day.'
Robertson finished the game with five saves for Ohio State, which attempted nearly twice as many shots as the Huskies with a 15-7 advantage.
Washington opened the game with strong surge up field that was halted when junior forward Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) injured her leg while being tackled. She was sidelined the remainder of the contest.
'For us to play for 89 minutes without Shuree and to do as well as we did, it was great,' said Gallimore. 'Our kids really rallied and battled and improved a ton from Friday to Sunday against a really good Ohio State team.'
The Husky injury gave momentum to the Buckeyes, who controlled play for the early portion of the game. They attempted the first six shots before UW sent its initial attempt toward goal, a strike by junior Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) that was saved by Robertson.
Despite the early OSU barrage, the Huskies got three saves from senior Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) to sustain a scoreless first half.
Rasmussen added six second-half saves for a season-high total of nine. She increased her career total to 228, a figure ranks third among all-time UW goalkeepers.
Ali Schwach opened the scoring two minutes into the second half, capitalizing on a rebound. Rasmussen blocked a shot by OSU's Lara Dickenmann, but Schwach pushed the carom into the goal at 46:57.
Sunday's game capped a four-game road trip for Washington, which hosts the Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge this week at Husky Soccer Field. On Thursday, Sept. 21, New Mexico and Washington State play at 4:30 p.m. followed by a Washington-Brigham Young clash at 7 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 22, New Mexico and the Huskies meet a 7 p.m. after a 4:30 p.m. matchup between WSU and BYU.
'With our team, Friday was a setback for us, but I felt we moved forward today as a group,' Gallimore said. 'If we can carry our momentum and physically re-charge and get up for BYU on Thursday night, I think we have a great chance to win.'
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Ohio State Tournament
Jesse Owens Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006
Ohio State 2, Washington 1
Shots -- UW 7, OSU 15.
Saves -- UW 9 (Kelsey Rasmussen), OSU 5 (Lauren Robertson).
Corner Kicks -- UW 4, OSU 5.
Fouls -- UW 8, OSU 5.
Offsides -- UW 4, OSU 7.
Attendance -- 922.
Records -- Washington 4-4-0, Ohio State 4-2-1.
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