Huskies Down Colorado College, 3-1
Sept. 6, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team earned their second come-from-behind win of the season, tallying three unanswered goals in the second half to defeat Colorado College, 3-1, to complete the Husky/Nike Invitational with a 2-0 record.
UW improved to 3-1 overall on the season and came just one goal short of winning their own tournament for the first time since 2004. Portland, which defeated Columbia earlier in the day, 5-1, also went 2-0 and was crowned the tournament champion based on goals scored, tallying seven goals in the two games compared to the Huskies' six.
UW and Colorado College played a scoreless first half but the Tigers jumped on the board less than two minutes into the second half on a goal by Brennan O'Connell.
But some late first-half substitutions and halftime changes immediately paid off for the Dawgs, who ripped off three goals over the next 10 minutes to put the game away.
The run was started by senior Nikki Murray, who entered the game late in the first half, and took matters into her own hands on a free kick, sending in the equalizer in the 56th minute. With the ball 25 yards out on the left side, Murray looped the free kick far post well out of the reach of the Tigers' keeper to tie the score.
Just five minutes later, Kelli Stewart scored her third goal in two games, taking a perfectly-placed corner kick from Murray and volleying it past the diving Colorado College from two feet away for what would turn out to be the game-winner.
UW added some insurance in the 66th minute when freshman Jessie Young recorded her first career goal, settling a long ball from Jane Mitchell and blasting a shot far post from 30 yards out on the right side top put the game out of reach. Both players entered the match at halftime and provided an immediate spark in the second half.
Sophomore Kari Davidson was solid in goal for UW, making a season-high five saves. UW out-shot the Lions 14-7.
'It was our first Friday-Sunday weekend and we've taken some injuries so physically it was a learning experience to see who had something left in the tank and who could do what in back-to-back games,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'This game was positive in a lot of ways because, number one, defensively we looked fatigued so we switched our formation and we were able to stop them and hold the ball and possess it a little more going forward. We made some changes personnel-wise that were positive. We have some depth and any given day kids are going to have a great game or a poor game. Kelsea Brajkovich did well for her first 90 minutes and Jessie Young came in and played very well and both are freshmen. And then we had some seniors who have been okay but haven't stood out, but Chelsea Bumbaugh and Nikki Murray were two of those seniors today who came in and did an outstanding job.'
The Huskies got strong defensive play throughout the tournament in addition to breaking out for six goals. UW junior Kendyl Pele was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
'Kendyl was the award winner and it was really, really well deserved but just like they were Friday, her and (Lindsey) Kasser as a tandem were just outstanding and solid the whole weekend,' Gallimore. 'I'm happy with the win and you always love to win and take learning opportunities from a win. Next weekend will be another big test for us with it being our first road trip and we'll playing against a couple really good teams.'
The Huskies head down to Portland next week for the Nike Portland Invitational. UW will play Miami on Friday at 4:30 p.m. followed by a match-up with nationally-ranked Illinois on Sunday at Noon.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Washington 3, Colorado College 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, CC, Brennan O'Connell (un), 46:10. 2, UW, Nikki Murray (un), 55:26. 3, UW, Kelli Stewart (Nikki Murray), 60:05. 4, UW, Jessie Young (Jane Mitchell), 65:44.
Shots - UW 14, CC 7
Corners - UW 7, CC 1
Saves - UW 5 (Kari Davidson), CC 2 (Caitlin Hulyo).
Fouls - UW 10, CC 12
Offsides - UW 3, CC 0
Attendance - 549