Perez, Huskies Gut Out 2-1 Overtime Victory Over ASU

Nov. 7, 2008

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SEATTLE - Junior Veronica Perez followed up a rebound off her own penalty kick and found the back of the net just 52 seconds into overtime, giving the Washington women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Arizona State Friday at Husky Soccer Field.

The victory extends UW's unbeaten streak to five games and gives them a 13-5-1 overall record and a 4-3-1 mark in Pac-10 heading into the final regular-season game of the season Sunday. Arizona State falls to 8-7-4 overall and 2-5-1 in conference.

The Huskies controlled possession for most of the match, recording a season-high 26 shots to ASU's eight, but were able to capitalize just once in regulation.

After a physical 90 minutes, the teams came back out for overtime in a steady rain, and just 50 seconds into the extra period Perez was fouled in the box.

Arizona State quickly switched goalkeepers, inserting junior Katie Cochran who had not played the entire game. The move appeared to pay off at first as Perez fired a shot to the right corner, but Cochran guessed right and blocked the ball back into play. That left the other half of the goal wide open, however, and Perez followed the shot, ripping the ball into the back of the net to end the game.

The goal was Perez's 11th of the season, moving her into fifth on the all time single-season charts. It was also her sixth game-winning goal of the year, the third-most in UW single-season history.

UW had the first seven shots of the contest and was in control before the Sun Devils managed to wrestle that control away in the 22nd minute. Alexandra Elston got the ball on the right side and sent a through ball down to Karin Volpe, who fired a shot far post past UW goalkeeper Kari Davidson for her ninth goal of the season.

The Huskies would strike back 10 minutes later on a perfectly executed free kick from senior Jenna Robison, who has been UW's star on re-starts this season. Robison sent the kick from just outside the box in toward the goal and freshman Kate Deines headed the ball into the lower left corner to equal the match. The goal was Deines' fifth of the season, tied for second on the team.

The teams remained scoreless through the remainder of the first half and the entire second half before the Huskies finished it off in overtime. UW had 15 shots in the first half and nine more in the second half.

'ASU is a good team. They're a little injured but they're fit and physical and it was a battle,' UW head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'The way we started out, having seven or eight shots and not finishing, I get nervous when that happens because I know (Arizona State) has good pace up front and good ability to put one away and they did. With that said, we obviously created a lot of chances to put the game away earlier than overtime. I'm proud of how we played but moving forward, we've got to be a team that if we're going to create chances like that, we've got to be much more dangerous in front of the goal.'

The freshman Davidson, who has moved into the starting goalkeeper role after junior Alex Phillips tore her ACL seven games ago, once again came up big in pressure situations. She tallied two saves and improved to 5-2-1 on the season.

'I thought Kate (Deines) and (Jenna Robison) and Nikki Murray did a great job in the midfield. They battled and that was a tough physical game,' Gallimore said. 'Veronica obviously was clutch there and came through when we needed it. Kate's goal was beautiful, (Robison) played a great ball and Kate finished it. It was pretty solid all around. Kari had a couple outstanding punches. (Arizona State) is very dangerous on re-starts and a couple of those free kicks in the box she cleared were outstanding.'

The victory most likely guarantees UW its first trip to the NCAA post-season since 2004. They finish the regular season at home Sunday against Arizona at 11 a.m., and find out their postseason fate Monday at 5 p.m. PT on ESPNews.

NCAA Women's Soccer
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
Washington 2, Arizona State 1 (OT)

Shots - UW 26, ASU 8
Corners - UW 3, ASU 2
Saves - UW 2 (Kari Davidson), ASU 5 (Briana Silvestri 4, Katie Cochran 1)
Fouls - UW 12, ASU 11
Offsides - UW 6, ASU 3

Records:Washington 13-5-1, 4-3-1
Arizona State 8-7-4, 2-5-1

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