Huskies Blank Oregon 2-0 in Women's Soccer
Oct. 28, 2007
SEATTLE - Reserve forward Melissa Beal entered the game at the start of the second half and within nine minutes played a part in both goals, leading the Washington women to a 2-0 victory over Oregon in a Pac-10 contest at Husky Soccer Field.
The start of the game was delayed two hours awaiting the arrival of the referee, who had airline travel difficulties, and one of the two linesmen. The season's largest home crowd of 1,883 spectators lingered through the lengthy holdup and the home team made the wait worthwhile.
The Huskies (5-9-1) evened their Pac-10 record at 2-2-1, snapping a two-game losing streak against Oregon. UW owns a 9-2-1 lead in the all-time series with the Ducks (8-7-2), who dropped to 1-3-2 in conference play.
'With the referee delay, I thought it was great that both teams seemed to come out prepared and focused to play a good game,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'Today's game hopefully gives us a little confidence, beating a good Oregon team and getting a shutout.'
The teams battled through a scoreless first half, with neither team controlling the run of play in the opening 45 minutes.
Gallimore made just one change to the lineup after halftime and it paid off. She inserted Beal (Portland, Ore.) on the front line.
The junior forward set up the first goal with a hard shot from the left side that was deflected out to the top of the box. Junior Jenna Robison (Livermore, Calif.) collected the carom and sent an 18-yard blast into the net at 49:45. That was the second goal of the season for Robison, who assisted on UW's lone goal during Friday's 1-1 double-overtime tie with Oregon State.
The second score came less than four minutes later when senior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake, Wash.) angled toward the goal line from the right flank. She sent a sharp pass in front of the goal that Beal finished with a 15-yard strike. The goal, at 53:33, was the second of the season for Beal and her first since the second game of the season.
'Melissa said she felt better tonight than she did Friday. Her throat is basically swollen shut, she's sick,' Gallimore explained. 'She can score goals. We just need to get her out there and get her in a rhythm. She's always worth giving a chance to.'
The Ducks picked up their pressure on the goal, out shooting UW 8-2 after that point, but were unable to score. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Carr (Culver City, Calif.) was credited with four saves en route to her third shutout.
'Defensively we did a really good job. Really, Taylor wasn't in any breakaway situations and most of the shots they were taking were from out wide,' said Gallimore. 'Oregon is dangerous the way they play. They are fast on the wings and they're fast up front. They're skillful and they play really direct, so you're always kind of on your heels waiting for that big ball to get through.'
Oregon had three dangerous chances in the second half. Jill Jensen hit the left post in the 65th minute while Jen Stoltenberg sent a free kick just over the goal in the 77th minute and struck the crossbar with an 80th-minute shot.
Many fans in attendance took advantage of the game's later start to get an autograph from former Husky and current United States' National Team player Tina Ellertson (Frimpong). Also at the game to watch her former team was National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo.
The Washington women travel to the Bay Area next weekend to begin a treacherous four-game stretch. UW plays at second-ranked Stanford on Nov. 2 and at No. 18 California on Nov. 4.
The Huskies close out the regular season by entertaining No. 5 USC on Nov. 9 and No. 1 UCLA on Nov. 11.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007
Washington 2, Oregon 0
Shots -- UO 15, UW 12.
Saves -- UO 5 (Jessie Chatfield), UW 4 (Taylor Carr).
Corner Kicks -- UO 2, UW 2.
Fouls -- UO 10, UW 15.
Offsides -- UO 0, UW 2.
Attendance -- 1,883.
Washington 5-9-1, 2-2-1 Pac-10
Oregon 8-7-2, 1-3-2 Pac-10.
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