No. 1 Stanford Too Much For Huskies
Oct. 25, 2009
SEATTLE - Despite holding Stanford to a season low shot total, the Washington women's soccer team was unable to upset the No. 1-ranked Cardinal as Stanford scored three goals in a 15-minute span of the first half to take down the Huskies, 3-0, in front of 1,739 fans at Husky Soccer Field.
The Huskies had their 10-game unbeaten streak snapped by the Cardinal, falling one shy of a school record. Washington is 10-3-3 overall and dropped its first match in conference play, falling to 2-1-2. Stanford is now a perfect 17-0-0 and 6-0-0.
Despite the final outcome, the Huskies played as well as any other team has against the top-ranked Cardinal this season. They held Stanford to 12 shots and also became the first team all season to hold the Cardinal without a second-half goal. Stanford came into the match having scored 43 of its 56 goals in the second half.
It was the nation's top scoring tandem that ultimately did the Huskies in as Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press, who have 46 and 41 points, respectively, teamed up for the game-winning goal that would ultimately stand up.
UW controlled the tempo for much of the first 25 minutes and out-shot the Cardinal, 8-4, in the first half, but Stanford was able to capitalize on nearly every shot they took. The Huskies took the first three shots of the match and maintained most of the possession until the 28th minute when Press sent a long through ball down the left sideline that O'Hara controlled and streaked past a UW defender, firing off a shot into the lower right corner for her 19th goal of the season.
The Huskies fought back over the next 10 minutes and had two great chances to equalize in the 36th minute when Veronica Perez sent a cross into the box which Chelsea Bumbaugh got a foot on and sent toward the goal, but Stanford goalkeeper Kira Maker was able to deflect it out. Jane Mitchell then had a second chance on the rebound, but her shot was blocked by a Stanford defender.
Sarah Martinez had another shot on goal just two minutes later but Maker came up with another save to deny UW again.
Stanford then scored twice over the final five minutes of the half to put the game away. Courtney Verloo struck in the 40th minute with a blast from 25 yards out that just snuck between the crossbar and Davidson's fingertips. Just three minutes later, Marjani Hing-Glover added her second goal of the season on a header from inside the box to cap the scoring.
Despite the loss, the Huskies earned a big split over the weekend, taking down No. 23 Cal on Friday.
'I would call the weekend a success. 16 other teams have lost to these guys so we can't feel too bad about ourselves,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore, who was unable to get her 200th career victory Sunday, said. 'I think the difference in the game is what both teams do in front of the net. We didn't give Stanford that many opportunities in the first half but they finished three out of the four shots they took, whereas we had some chances but had shots with no oomph on them and didn't make the keeper make a save or didn't get shots off around the goal. We were dangerous but not dangerous enough and didn't finish our chances. Then suddenly you're down 3-0 and fighting an uphill battle against a team that can hold possession on any team in the country.'
The Huskies finished with 11 shots in the match to 12 by the Cardinal. Perez and Deines had three each while Mitchell had two. Davidson made three saves, including a beautiful diving stop early in the second half.
'I was happy with our energy and the way we played the first half, with the exception of a couple of defensive errors and Kari had a couple she wishes she could have over again,' Gallimore said. 'A game like this gives us a ton to learn on and improve on going forward. Those are tough forwards to play against and our defense did some great things at times to shut them down. Kate's (Deines) effort for 90 minutes is always unreal. She covers a ton of ground, she tries to get into the attack as much as she can and she comes back and defends and turns things over. And a player of late who has really impressed me and has earned her way into the starting lineup is Jane Mitchell. She's given us some solid minutes. Those two have been really consistent and if we can get that consistency out of more of our starting players, we're going to be okay.'
UW will look to return to its winning ways next weekend when they travel south to face Oregon on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 11:30 a.m.
Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Stanford 3, Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, SU, Kelley O'Hara (Christen Press), 28:24. 2, SU, Courtney Verloo (unassisted), 39:41. 3, SU, Marjani Hing-Glover (Rachel Quon), 42:53.
Shots - UW 11, SU 12
Corners - UW 0, SU 3
Saves - UW 3 (Kari Davidson), SU 3 (Kira Maker).
Fouls - UW 5, SU 11
Offsides - UW 0, SU 2
Attendance - 1739