Washington Scores 3-2 Overtime Win Over Arizona
Nov. 3, 2006
Seattle, Wash. - The University of Washington women's soccer team ended their four-game losing streak with an exciting 3-2 overtime victory against the Arizona Wildcats tonight at Husky Soccer Stadium. The Huskies are now 7-12-0 on the year, with a 2-6-0 mark in Pac-10 play, while the Wildcats fall to 8-9-2 on the year with a 1-5-2 record in conference action.
A steady rain did not keep the crowd away, nor did it dampen the spirits of two teams who came into tonight's game with four-straight losses. The Huskies, who entered the match without having scored in the past 355 minutes, struck quickly as junior Katy Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif./Mater Dei) took the ball from Shannon Dillon (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) and netted her third goal of the season in the seventh minute to put the Huskies up 1-0.
The Wildcats, who had not scored in the last 482 minutes of play, evened the game at 1-1 with just more than 10 minutes to go in the first half, on a Jasmine Namdar found the back of the net off a cross from Jacquelin Broussard.
In the 57th minute, Arizona took a 2-1 lead when Christina Hughes fed London King the ball and King spun around her defender to tally her fifth goal of the season.
With a 2-1 Arizona lead, the intensity picked up and four cautions were handed out in the following 15 minutes, but the Huskies kept focused and in the 74th minute, King fouled Jenna Robison (Livermore, Calif./Granada) in the box for a UW penalty kick. Arizona keeper Chelsea McIntyre snagged Robison's kick, but the rebound came right back to her foot and she tapped it into the opposite side of the cage to negate the Wildcat advantage.
Arizona took a pair of shots, but Washington closed out regulation with three-straight shots including two on goal. The Huskies carried the momentum into the overtime session, and in the 98th minute, Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) hesitated and stepped past her defender and sending the ball into the net for the game winning goal.
Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) picked up one save for the Huskies, while Arizona's McIntyre was credited with five saves as the Huskies out-shot the Wildcats 14-6.'This was a really hard fought game by both teams,' noted UW head coach Leslie Gallimore after the match. 'It was good to get into the overtime after trailing 2-1. I'm so proud of how they just kept up their energy and took it from the second half into overtime.'
The Huskies will wrap up the 2006 season on Sunday, as they host Arizona State (8-8-2, 3-5-0 Pac-10) at noon. Before the start of the game, UW will say goodbye to four seniors who will be playing in their final game in Husky uniforms. Their careers were highlighted by the run to the quarterfinals of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Dillon and defender Shaela Ward are both four-year team members, while Cathy Roe started all 38 games since transferring from Penn prior to the 2005 season. Rasmussen, who has taken part in four shutouts this season, is a three-year starter. She is tied with Tina Thompson (1994-96) for the No. 2 mark in UW history with 17 career shutouts, just one short of Hope Solo's (1999-2002) school record of 18. Rasmussen's 267 career saves are the school's second-highest figure