Waitley, Huskies Stay Hot With 1-0 Win Over No. 23 Cal
Oct. 23, 2009
SEATTLE - McKenna Waitley scored the game-winning goal in the 24th minute and the Husky defense made it stand up as the Washington women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 10 matches with a 1-0 win over No. 23 Cal on Friday at Husky Soccer Field.
The Huskies also stayed unbeaten in conference play, improving to 2-0-2 in arguably the toughest league in the country. UW is 10-2-3 overall and their 10-game streak is one shy of the school record of 11 set in 2000, when the Huskies won their lone Pac-10 title.
Head coach Lesle Gallimore also earned her 199th career victory, which happened to come against her alma mater.
Waitley was in the right place at the right time on Friday, collecting a loose ball in the box and firing a shot into the lower right corner for her third game-winner of the season. Veronica Perez had crossed the ball into the box and it was deflected by the Golden Bears' keeper, but Waitley was there on the rebound and sent it in her fourth goal of the season.
The Husky defense and sophomore goalkeeper Kari Davidson did the rest, shutting down the Cal offense for their sixth shutout of the season.
Davidson made two saves in the match, both of which were diving stops of Cal shots seemingly destined to equalize. The first save came in the 38th minute against Cal's leading scorer Alex Morgan, who Davidson again denied in the 64th minute. The Bears possessed the ball for a good portion of the second half, but the stingy Husky defense would not allow Cal a decent look at the goal.
The Huskies nearly took a two-goal advantage late in the game when Perez escaped beautifully from a pair of Cal defenders on the sideline, kicking the ball behind her with her heel. She then crossed perfectly to freshman Jessie Young, but her shot sailed just high.
Cal had a corner kick opportunity with less than a minute remaining, but the Huskies were able to clear the ball without allowing a shot.
'We played really well and obviously getting that goal early was nice. They pushed us and created a couple of good opportunities and Kari came up with some big saves,' Gallimore said. 'Our defense played great but it was really a team effort. You can't just be good at the back, you have to be good from front to back and we did that. Cal is a good team and we lost some of our momentum there for 20-30 minutes but Veronica and our midfielders did a great job of keep them from getting anything out of it. We did a really good job with clock management tonight.'
UW now faces a huge test on Sunday when it hosts No. 1 Stanford at Noon, when the Huskies will look to give Gallimore her 200th career victory in style.
Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Washington 1, California 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UW, McKenna Waitley (unassisted), 23:29.
Shots - UW 7, CAL 8
Corners - UW 3, CAL 4
Saves - UW 2 (Kari Davidson), CAL 2 (Gina Pellegrini).
Fouls - UW 11, CAL 9
Offsides - UW 4, CAL 1
Attendance - 815