Huskies Improve To 4-0 With Win Over Kennesaw State
Sept. 7, 2008
SEATTLE - Melissa Beal scored the game-winner in the 42nd minute and Veronica Perez added her fifth goal of the season, giving Washington a 2-0 shutout victory over Kennesaw State Sunday in the final game of the Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field.
The win gives the Huskies a 4-0-0 record to start the 2008 season, their best start since 2004 when Washington started 8-0 and went on to make a run to the NCAA Elite Eight, the best finish in program history. Since then, the Huskies have suffered three consecutive losing seasons but appear to be back on track, scoring 11 goals in the first four games, more than they scored in the entire 2006 season and just eight shy of their total from last season.
The senior Beal (Portland, Ore.) got the Huskies on the board just before halftime, knocking in a shot from five yards out after a shot by McKenna Waitley (El Cajon, Calif.) bounced off Kennesaw State goalkeeper Staci Pugh.
Junior Veronica Perez (San Mateo, Calif.) put the game away in the 63rd minute, scoring on a penalty kick for her fifth goal in four games.
'I think any second game on a weekend is always physically tough,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'It's also tough to look at a score like Portland's on Friday (8-0 win over Kennesaw State) and not come out with a certain impression. Kennesaw State is a tested team and they came out hard today so we had to earn what we got. Our defense kept us in it and in the second half we settled down quite a bit and created some goal-scoring opportunities.'
Washington started four freshmen in the game, including goalkeeper Kari Davidson (Portland, Ore.), who made her collegiate debut and made one save to earn her first shutout.
'We have some really good young players and it's great for them to get the time they've earned and see what they can do,' Gallimore said. 'They're competing for spots and for time and I love to see it. We're still in the early stages of trying to figure out what we have but I like what I see up to this point.'
The Huskies out-shot the Owls (3-2-1) 8-1 in the first half and 9-3 in the second half to finish with a 17-4 advantage.
Ninth-ranked Portland (4-1-0) opened the day with a 6-0 win over Colgate (1-4-0) and won the tournament based on their goal total (14) for the weekend. The Pilots have won the tournament seven times in the 14-year history of the tournament with Washington winning six times. Portland's Danielle Foxhoven was named the Offensive MVP of the tournament, scoring five times in two games - including a hat trick on Sunday - while Colgate's Calista Victor was named the Defensive MVP.
The Huskies hit the road next week for a pair of games in the Portland Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore. Washington will face San Diego State on Friday at 3 p.m. and Northern Arizona on Sunday at Noon.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008
Washington 2, Kennesaw State 0
Scoring - 1, UW, Melissa Beal (McKenna Waitley), 41:32. 2, UW, Veronica Perez (pk), 62:10.
Shots - UW 17, KSU 4
Corners - UW 3, KSU 1
Saves - UW 1, KSU 8
Fouls - UW 12, KSU 10
Offsides - UW 0, KSU 0
Attendance - 1,450
Kennesaw State 3-2-1
Portland 6, Colgate 0
Scoring - 1, PU, Danielle Foxhoven (Megan Rapinoe), 7:03. 2, PU, Michelle Enyeart (pk), 14:04. 3, Danielle Foxhoven (Michelle Enyeart), 22:20. 4, PU, Kendra Chandhoke (Elli Reed), 31:10. 5, PU, Keelin Winters (Elli Reed), 73:45. 6, PU, Danielle Foxhoven, 89:40.
Shots - PU 15, CU 5
Corners - PU 9, CU 5
Saves - PU 2, CU 2
Fouls - PU 5, CU 9
Offsides - PU 4, CU 2
Attendance - 470