Keever’s Game-Winner Sends UW To Sweet Sixteen
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Kimby Keever scored a golden goal as UW women’s soccer beat Missouri 1-0 in overtime Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
“I was super excited for my team. They battled and hung in there," UW head coach Lesle Gallimore said. "I’m really excited to be moving on to the next round. Looking at some of the Pac-12 results and it was not that great for the conference today, so for us, we’re really excited to still be representing the Pac-12.”
Just two minutes into the first extra period, Keever received a pass from Jaclyn Softli on the left side of the box, dribbled around a Missouri defender to free herself and slotted a right-footed shot across the face of the goal to give the Huskies the victory.
It was Keever’s sixth goal of the season, tied for second on the team. Keever missed four games and had been hobbled with an ankle injury, but returned to full strength against Missouri and delivered in a big way.
“We had our chances and we did a really good job defending. We just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Keever said. “It’s nice to celebrate with our team one more time and I’m excited for Sunday’s game.”
The Huskies had dominated possession throughout regulation, recording 17 shots to Missouri’s 10. UW also tallied seven corners. The Tigers had a few dangerous chances and looked in control of the game at the beginning of the second half, but the Huskies quickly recovered their attacking rhythm and really pressured the Tigers’ back line throughout the rest of the game.
Megan Kufeld and the Husky defense recorded their ninth shutout of the season, second most all-time in a single season for a UW keeper. Kufeld was solid in goal throughout the game and preserved the shutout near the end of regulation when she made a great diving save. Missouri had found some space and played a ball in behind the defense to an open forward, but Kufeld made a sliding stop to keep the match scorless.
With the win, the Huskies will advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in program history. UW last reached the third round in 2010, when the Huskies advanced to the Elite Eight.
The Huskies will play Sunday against the winner of Friday evening’s matchup between host Stanford and Arkansas. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.
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