Women's Soccer 5-0 After Shutout Of Aztecs
Sept. 12, 2008
PORTLAND, Ore. - Alex Kirk scored her first goal of the season in the 21st minute which proved to be the game-winner as the Washington women's soccer team improved to 5-0-0 with a 2-0 win over San Diego State Friday in the Portland Nike Invitational at Merlo Field.
Off to their best start since the 2004 season, the Huskies struck early in the match when Kirk (Edmonds, Wash.) knocked in a feed from junior Veronica Perez in the 21st minute. It was a role-reversal for the Huskies as Perez (San Mateo, Calif.) came into the game leading the team with five goals this season while Kirk leads the team with three assists. This time, Perez's through ball found Kirk in front of the goal who struck the ball into the net for her first career goal as a Husky.
The score remained 1-0 until freshman Kate Deines (Issaquah, Wash.) netted her second goal of the season off a pass from Hannah Greig (Woodinville, Wash.) in the 77th minute to give the Huskies some breathing room.
'(San Diego State) made some adjustments at half and started pressuring us at the back and it caused us some problems. We also came out really flat in the second half,' Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'We hung in there and weathered the storm. Hannah Greig made an unbelievable run down the field and Kate finished it well and the goal we scored in the first half was just beautiful.'
Washington is now off to their third-best start in program history at 5-0-0. Only the 2000 team - which won the Pac-10 title - and the 2004 team - which went on to a program-best Elite Eight finish - started with better records of 6-0 and 8-0, respectively.
Junior Alex Phillips (Park City, Utah) went the distance in goal for the Huskies, recording three saves en route to her second shutout. She improved to 4-0 on the season.
The game was played fairly evenly throughout, but Washington came away with an 11-7 advantage on shots and a 4-3 advantage on corner kicks. The Huskies have now outscored their opponents 13-2 this season and hold a 73-25 advantage on shots.
'We are really balanced but we're far from perfect or as good as we can be,' Gallimore, in her 15th season with the Huskies, said. 'We have so many areas we can get better in and the competition will only get better from here.'
The Huskies will look to surpass their 2007 win total and match the second-best start in program history on Sunday when they play Northern Arizona (2-3-1) at Noon on the final day of the Portland Nike Invitational.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Merlo Field, Portland, Ore.
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Washington 2, San Diego State 0
Scoring - 1, UW, Alex Kirk (Veronica Perez), 20:21. 2, UW, Kate Deines (Hannah Greig), 76:30.
Shots - UW 11, SDSU 7
Corners - UW 4, SDSU 3
Saves - UW 3, SDSU 2
Fouls - UW 13, SDSU 12
Offsides - UW 2, SDSU 1
San Diego State 2-3-1