Beal's Late Goal Keeps Huskies Undefeated
Sept. 19, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior Melissa Beal broke a scoreless tie in the 87th minute to give the Washington women's soccer team a 1-0 victory Friday over No. 28 Purdue to keep the Huskies undefeated at 7-0-0.
The Huskies are off to the second-best start in program history and sit just one win shy of the 2004 team's 8-0-0 start. Friday's win marks UW's first over a ranked opponent since that season, when the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
The match appeared to be headed to overtime until Beal (Portland, Ore.) dribbled into the box and unleashed a shot from five yards out which just escaped the dive of Boilermaker goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch. It was Beal's fourth goal of the season and her second game-winner.
UW had a season-low seven shots in the match but managed to hang tough with the Boilermakers, who went 20-2-3 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UW held a 4-3 shot advantage at halftime, but Purdue (5-3-1) came out on fire in the second half, taking six shots in the first 20 minutes and seven before the Huskies could muster their first shot of the half.
The Huskies regained control in the 79th minute when junior Veronica Perez (San Mateo, Calif.) took the Huskies' first shot of the second period, but it went wide and the game remained scoreless.
Washington had another scoring chance in the 86th minute but Bradfisch made a save of freshman Kate Deines' shot. Just a minute later, however, Beal knocked in her 15th career goal to move into a tie for 10th on UW's career charts.
The senior led the Huskies in scoring her first two seasons before netting just two goals in 2007. Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore credits a much-improved supporting cast in allowing Beal to rise again.
'She gets all the credit for that goal, but overall her performance is really a compliment of the whole group,' Gallimore said. 'Melissa has always been capable of doing what she's doing but she doesn't have to do it all herself now. We have a lot of people coming in and playing good minutes and that is enabling her to shine.'
UW's defense was yet again the key as the Huskies limited Purdue to just two shots on goal. Overall, it was the fourth shutout of the season for UW. Junior goalkeeper Alex Phillips (Park City, Utah) faced the toughest test of her collegiate career, making one save and facing 11 total shots en route to her third shutout and sixth win of the season.
'Our team defensively played their hearts out as a unit,' Gallimore said. 'Lindsey Kasser and Kate Deines covered a lot of ground and gave everyone else a lot of energy. Purdue had some quick players and made a lot of substitutions but we kept our composure and didn't panic.'
UW will face another ranked Big Ten team on Sunday, when they play No. 23 Illinois at 11 a.m. PT.
'We felt this game would be very telling for our team,' said Gallimore. 'When you're on the road against two really good teams and you get tested like this, if you can get first one it gives you so much more confidence going into the second game.'
NCAA Women's Soccer
Varsity Soccer Complex, West Lafayette, Ind.
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008
Washington 1, Purdue 0
Scoring - 1, UW, Melissa Beal, 86:12.
Shots - UW 7, PU 11
Corners - UW 1, PU 3
Saves - UW 1, PU 2
Fouls - UW 6, PU 4
Offsides - UW 4, PU 0
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