Cougar Soccer Drops 2-1 Decision To Huskies

Oct. 13, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. --- After falling behind by two goals, the Washington State women's soccer team rallied, but came up short in a 2-1 loss to the University of Washington.

The Huskies netted the first goal just 6:02 into the match, when Kelley Schweighart set up Jaime Carstensen for a score from 15 yards out.

'We just didn't get enough pressure on the ball,' Cougar head coach Dan Tobias said. 'You can't do that against good teams.'

WSU and UW battled back and forth for the next 51 minutes, until the Huskies' Erin Otagaki made it a 2-0 advantage with a 12-yard boot that she played off a deflection by a Cougar defender.

'The second goal came on a mistake on our part,' Tobias said. 'We miscleared it and she (Otagaki) scored from 10 or 12 yards. That was unfortunate.'

The Cougars responded just over a minute later with a goal by freshman Keegan Hughes, the first of her career. Junior Katrina Stroh was credited with the assist.

'Keegan came off the bench for us today and gave us some very good minutes,' Tobias said.

From that point on, Washington State went on the attack in front of the standing room only crowd of 2,490, but the tying goal proved to be elusive for the Cougars.

'I thought we did a better job in transition. We started finding our flank players and getting some corner kick opportunities,' Tobias said. 'We still had a lot of time left in the game, and we pushed another striker up front and had a few chances, but just couldn't convert.'

The match's final result wasn't the only loss the Cougars suffered. Freshman Christie Spear suffered a knee injury 20 minutes in and was forced out of the contest. Her status for Stanford and California next weekend is uncertain.

Despite the loss, Tobias believes that his team learned a lot from Saturday night's match with the Huskies.

'It was a great environment. The only thing we didn't like was the results. That was definitely a game we are going to grow from and a game that will get us ready for our Pac-10 matches next Friday and Saturday,' the fourth-year head coach said.

The loss drops Washington State's season record to 5-4, 0-1 in Pac-10, while the Huskies improved to 7-2-1, 1-0 in conference.

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