Women's Soccer Defeats Washington on Senior Day
Nov. 1, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's soccer team picked up an important win in its quest for a NCAA Women's Soccer Championship berth as the Beavers knocked off Washington, 2-1, in action from Paul Lorenz Field on Sunday. With the victory, Oregon State improves to 11-5-1, 3-4-0 in conference play, as Washington fell to 11-4-3, 3-2-2 in league play.
'It was a big win and an emotional victory for our seniors,' head coach Linus Rhode said. 'It was a very physical game and I am proud of the way the team stuck together for the full 90 minutes. We responded after Washington tied the game and we picked up a huge victory.'
Neither team found the back of the net in the first half as both team battled for control of the midfield. Oregon State finally broke through for the first goal of the match in the 62nd minute. On a pass from Megan Miller, senior Melissa Peck connected on her fifth goal of the season when she drilled a shot to the lower left hand corner of the net to give the Beavers the lead.
Washington had an answer; however, as the Huskies tied the score just six minutes later. In the 68th minute, McKenna Waitley collected her own rebound and punched the ball past a diving keeper to knot the score.
Despite giving up the equalizer, Oregon State continued to press the Washington back line and finally broke through for the game-winner in the 79th minute. On a corner kick from Courtney Wetzel, Chelsea Buckland corralled the loose ball in the box and found the lower right hand corner of the net to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead.
The back line for Oregon State would do the rest as the Beavers held the Washington offense scoreless the rest of the way to pick up the important victory.
Senior Ashley Wood picked up the win in net as Kari Davidson made five stops in goal for Washington in the loss.
Oregon State held a 9-6 edge in shots for the match while Washington held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The win was the first for Oregon State over Washington since the 2005 season as the Beavers improved to 6-13-1 all-time against the Huskies.
The contest marked the final home game for eight Oregon State seniors as Rachael Axon, Sophie Clough, Emily Henshaw, Najma Homidi, Red Nixon, Melissa Peck, Jessica Velazquez and Ashley Wood were honored prior to the contest.
Oregon State will return to action on Friday, Nov. 6, when the Beavers travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State at 7:00 p.m.