Stewart Tallies Two Goals in 3-0 Husky Triumph
Sept. 4, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team put their youth on display in their opener of the Husky/Nike Invitational Friday, getting all three of their goals from sophomores in a 3-0 victory over Columbia at Husky Soccer Field.
Kate Deines scored the eventual game-winner and Kelli Stewart recorded the first two goals of her career to put the game out of reach and the Huskies improved to 2-1 on the season. Columbia fell to 0-1.
After falling behind in their first two games of the season, UW this time jumped ahead early when Deines knocked in a cross from the right side from senior Veronica Perez in the 12th minute.
Despite 11 first-half shots from the Huskies, the Lions were able to escape the half still down just one goal.
But UW finally struck again in the 54th minute when junior McKenna Waitley flipped a pass over her head with her back to the goal, which Stewart headed into the net for her first career goal.
The sophomore - who did not appear in any games in 2008 - made it 3-0 in the 67th minute when she dribbled past a pair of defenders and launched a shot from 20 yards out to put the game out of reach.
'Kelli looked good. She's good on the ball, she's smart and she reads the game well. She's definitely opportunistic,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'For all intents and purposes, she's a freshman, so she has to get her feet under her a little bit and that's what this part of the season is about is getting consistency out of players.'
Gallimore was also pleased with the play of her defense, which posted its first shutout of the season.
'I thought Kendyl (Pele) and (Lindsey) Kasser were unbelievable today. Those two had one of the best tandem performances I've seen out of them. I couldn't be more proud,' Gallimore said. 'They took the Portland game personally. It was a game where we created enough chances to win and that was probably the fewest chances Portland created against us in a while, and those two took it personally that we allowed two goals and were looser than we needed to be at times. That didn't happen tonight. They cleaned things up, they covered for people well and held the ball well. They played like the captains they are.'
The Huskies allowed Columbia to take just three shots in the game compared to 18 for UW.
No. 3 Portland, also competing in this weekend's tournament, defeated the Huskies, 2-0, last Sunday. The two teams will not face each other this weekend. The Pilots played Colorado College earlier in the day on Friday and came away with a 2-0 win on a pair of goals by Elli Reed.
The Huskies will wrap up play in the tournament on Sunday against Colorado College at 1:30 p.m. Sunday's play kicks off with Portland taking on Columbia at 11 a.m.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Washington 3, Columbia 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UW, Kate Deines (Veronica Perez), 11:42. 2, UW, Kelli Stewart (McKenna Waitley), 53:58. 3, UW, Kelli Stewart (un), 66:33.
Shots - UW 18, CU 4
Corners - UW 4, CU 1
Saves - UW 1 (Kari Davidson 1, Alex Phillips 0), CU 7 (Lillian Klein).
Fouls - UW 6, CU 8
Offsides - UW 3, CU 0
Attendance - 921