No. 2 Stanford Too Much For Huskies
Oct. 17, 2008
SEATTLE - Second-ranked Stanford used two goals apiece from All-Americans Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press to defeat the Washington women's soccer team, 5-1, Friday at Husky Soccer Field.
The loss dropped UW's record to 9-5-0 overall and 0-3-0 in Pac-10 play while Stanford improved to 13-0-1 and 3-0-0. The Huskies have dropped four consecutive matches, all of which have come to top-five opponents.
Stanford came into the game outscoring its opponents 40-3 and they come out strong early against the Huskies, scoring in the 17th minute when Cami Levin took a shot from 30 yards out that went over the head of UW freshman goalkeeper Kari Davidson and bounced off the post and in. Davidson was making just her second career start after junior Alex Phillips was lost for the season last Sunday with a torn ACL.
Just moments later in the 20th minute, the junior O'Hara scored the first of her two goals when she sent a through ball from Press into the lower right corner of the net. Press then scored in the 28th minute after O'Hara and Taylor connected perfect passes down the field for the 3-0 lead.
Press and O'Hara teamed up again in the 48th minute to make the score 4-0 at which time UW finally started to show life. In the 62nd minute, sophomore Jane Mitchell (Torrey Pines, Calif.) sent a pass into the box which sophomore McKenna Waitley (El Cajon, Calif.) chipped over the goalkeeper's head for her second goal of the season.
O'Hara would put the game away in the 70th minute, however, scoring her eighth goal of the season off a pass from Morgan Redman.
UW managed six shots in the match by six different players but Stanford goalkeeper Kira Maker made two saves for the Cardinal.
'Against a good team, you're going to give up goals and I don't mind that, but we can't be giving up soft goals and that's something Kari will get better at and the team in front of her has to give her more help. They had way too many open shots,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'Stanford is an outstanding team and is capable of winning a national championship but at the same time, if we're going to parlay the rest of our season into a tournament bid there are a lot of things we need to be better at. And we need to be confident that we can do that regardless of what the score is. We need to get back to doing what we're capable of.'
UW out-shot Stanford, 5-4, in the second half, thanks to several strong performances from players off the bench.
'In the front half of the field in the second half, we put them under a lot of pressure,' Gallimore said. 'We were tackling better and winning balls. I thought Jane Mitchell came in and did an outstanding job. Chelsea Bumbaugh did a great job all game, Nikki Murray came in and lifted us a little. Faustine Dufka and Alex Webber also came in and gave us some great minutes.'
The Huskies will look to snap their four-game losing streak on Sunday when they face their fifth-consecutive ranked team in 13th-ranked California. Kickoff takes place at Noon at Husky Soccer Field.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008
Stanford 5, Washington 1
Scoring - 1, SU, Cami Levin (unassisted), 16:43. 2, SU, Kelley O'Hara (Christen Press), 19:52. 3, SU, Christen Press (Lindsay Taylor, Kelley O'Hara), 27:06. 4, SU, Christen Press (Kelley O'Hara), 47:17. 5, UW, McKenna Waitley (Jane Mitchell), 61:06. 6, Kelley O'Hara (Morgan Redman).
Shots - UW 6, SU 12
Corners - UW 2, SU 8
Saves - UW 0, SU 2 (Kira Maker)
Fouls - UW 9, SU 17
Offsides - UW 1, SU 0
Washington 9-5-0, 0-3-0
Stanford 13-0-1, 3-0-0
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