No. 23 BYU Edges Washington Women in Soccer

Sept. 21, 2006

Final Stats

SEATTLE - The 23rd-ranked Brigham Young women converted a rare free kick from inside the box to claim a 1-0 win over host Washington, Thursday in the first round of the Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge at Husky Soccer Field.

The Huskies dropped to 4-5, losing despite posting an 18-11 shooting advantage. BYU improved its record to 7-1.

The Cougars capitalized on a UW misplay in the 35th minute that set up the lone goal. Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) was whistled for a violation after being forced to handle a hard pass back at goal from a teammate. Goalkeepers are not allowed to use their hands on passes from teammates. The result was a free kick from the spot of the violation, an infrequent occurrence as penalty kicks usually ensue from fouls inside the box.

Katie Larkin took the BYU free kick from 12 yards away on the left side of the box. She touched a short pass to Brooke Bowman who blasted a shot into the goal at 34:14.

Washington's offense had numerous chances, but couldn't find the back of the net. Junior Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) found the crossbar on a 22nd-minute strike, the team's only dangerous threat before halftime.

The Huskies applied steady pressure to the BYU goal in the second half, compiling a 14-4 shot advantage. The best opportunity was a shot in the 75th minute by freshman Veronica Perez-Murillo (San Mateo, Calif.) that was tipped up to the crossbar by goalkeeper Erika Woodbury and cleared off the line by defender Andrea Willis.

Woodbury registered eight saves for the Cougars, all of them in the second half. Rasmussen was credited with three saves for the Huskies.

In the opening game of the tournament, New Mexico scored against the run of play in the 76th minute to defeat Washington State 1-0. That gave the Mountain West Conference teams two wins on the day over their Pac-10 foes.

The Lobos (5-3) controlled play in the first half, out-shooting WSU (5-3-1) by a 9-3 count. The second half was just the opposite as the Cougars owned a 10-4 shooting margin. Despite that, New Mexico managed a goal at 75:45 when Asha Richardson dribbled into the right side of the box and placed a 17-yard shot inside the near post.

UNM's Shannon Adragna made three saves en route to the shutout. Cougar goalkeeper Amber Wittmers had four saves.

The tournament teams exchange opponents Friday with BYU and WSU meeting at 4:30 p.m. and the Huskies squaring off with New Mexico at 7 p.m.


NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006

GAME 1 -- New Mexico 1, Washington State 0

Scoring --1, UNM, Asha Richardson, 75:45.

Shots -- UNM 13, WSU 13.
Saves -- UNM 3 (Shannon Adragna), WSU 4 (Amber Wittmers).
Corner Kicks -- UNM 1, WSU 4.
Fouls -- UNM 12, WSU 5.
Offsides -- UNM 1, WSU 1.
Attendance -- 167.

Records -- New Mexico 5-3-0, Washington State 5-3-1.


GAME 2 -- (#23) Brigham Young 1, Washington 0

Scoring --1, BYU, Brooke Bowman (Katie Larkin), 34:14.

Shots -- BYU 11, UW 18.
Saves -- BYU 8 (Erika Woodury), UW 3 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- BYU 2, UW 4.
Fouls -- BYU 6, UW 7.
Offsides -- BYU 2, UW 0.
Attendance -- 509.

Records -- Washington 4-5-0, Brigham Young 7-1-0.

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