Huskies Open Season With 2-1 Comeback Victory

Aug. 26, 2009

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SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team used second-half goals from seniors Veronica Perez and Alex Kirk to give the Huskies a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Seattle in the season opener Wednesday at Husky Soccer Field.

UW fell behind less than four minutes into the game, but the Huskies battled back to hand the Redhawks (2-1-0) their first loss of the season in the first match up between the cross-town rivals since Seattle moved to Division I last season.

Perez, who led the team in goals and points in a breakout season last year, tied the game in the 59th minute after Kirk sent a long pass down the right sideline to Alex Webber, who crossed the ball perfectly to Perez. The senior knocked it in from close range past a diving Madison Goverde to even the score.

The Huskies then took the lead for good in the 72nd minute when defender Kendyl Pele intercepted a ball and dribbled up the sideline before sending a long pass down to Kirk, who found the back of the net for the game-winner.

Seattle took a lead in the 4th minute after UW's Kellye Joswick sustained an injury and had to leave the game for good. That left the Huskies on their heels and on the re-start, the Redhawks took advantage when Kassandra Riozzi sent in a pass from the corner which Jamie Coe knocked in for the early lead.

Goverde made several outstanding stops to keep the Huskies on the board in the first half, but UW was too much for Seattle in the second half as Perez (seven shots), McKenna Waitley (four shots) and the rest of the team continued to put pressure on the Seattle defense. The Huskies out-shot Seattle 21-5 and had 10 corner kicks to the Redhawks' eight.

'Our kids really showed a lot of character tonight and I thought McKenna Waitley was all-world,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'The second half, she was so good on the ball and was so good at keeping it for us and being a presence in there. She was a threat on goal and I'm hopeful she can keep stringing those runs together because the finishing will come.

'We didn't react well to Kellye getting hurt and we gave up a goal on a free kick so that was a little bit of a shocker for us, but I thought as the half went on we did do better and better and adjusted pretty well.'

The Huskies now turn their attention to No. 4 Portland which comes to Husky Soccer Field on Sunday for a key match at Noon. UW will be looking to stop the Pilots for the first time since 2004. Portland earned a narrow 1-0 overtime victory last season on the Pilots home field.

Women's Soccer
Washington 2, Seattle 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, SU, Jamie Coe (Kassandra Riozzi), 3:21. 2, UW, Veronica Perez (Alex Webber), 58:40. 3, UW, Alex Kirk (Kendyl Pele), 71:39.
Shots - UW 21, SU 9
Corners - UW 10, SU 8
Saves - UW 2 (Kari Davidson), SU 7 (Madison Goverde).
Fouls - UW 7, SU 9
Offsides - UW 1, SU 0
Attendance - 996