UW Edges WSU 2-1 in Women's Soccer Pac-10 Opener

Oct. 13, 2001

SEATTLE - Senior forward Erin Otagaki scored the decisive goal shortly after entering the game in the second half Saturday, lifting 14th-ranked Washington to a 2-1 victory over Washington State in the Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer opener before a crowd of 2,490 at Husky Soccer Field.

The attendance figure was the third largest in school history for the Huskies (7-2-1, 1-0) who began defense of their Pac-10 championship by defeating the only conference team that beat them last season. Washington State (5-4, 0-1) won a 1-0 double-overtime decision in Pullman when the two cross-state rivals met last year.

'Defending our Pac-10 championship is important to us,' said eighth-year Washington coach Lesle Gallimore. 'It's not good enough for our team that we won last year, they want to come out and prove that we can be consistent year-in and year-out. It started tonight with a win over Washington State which was very big for us to get off on a good note.'

Washington sophomore Jaime Carstensen opened the scoring just over six minutes into the contest. Vanessa Pierce passed to Kelley Schweighart who fed a through ball that Carstensen lofted from 15 yards into the upper right corner at 6:02. That was the third goal of the season for Carstensen who had not found the net since a two-goal performance in the season opener on Sept. 1 at Utah State.

Otagaki extended the UW lead to 2-0 at 57:30, exactly 1:30 after entering the game as a substitute. She collected a ball that deflected off a Cougar defender and fired it into the goal from 12 yards out. The goal was the first of the season for Otagaki, a starter last year who has battled injuries early this season.

'We have to start using our depth to our advantage and when a player comes off the bench they need to make the most of their opportunity,' Gallimore explained. 'I think Erin did that. She came in and got a crucial goal for us that proved to be the game winner.'

Otagaki's goal became more than an insurance tally when Washington State scored just over one minute later. Cougar forward Keegan Hughes received a pass from Katrine Stroh and blasted a 10-yard shot past Washington goalkeeper Hope Solo at 58:41.

Solo and Cougar goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen were each credited with three saves.

The Huskies outshot WSU 13-8, but the Cougars had a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Washington continues Pac-10 play next weekend against two ranked opponents. The Huskies visit No. 15 California on Friday and No. 5 Stanford on Sunday.

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#14) Washington 2, Washington State 1
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Jaime Carstensen (Kelley Schweighart, Vanessa Pierce), 6:02. 2, UW, Erin Otagaki, 57:30. 3, WSU, Keegan Hughes (Katrina Stroh), 58:41.

Shots - WSU 8, UW 13.
Saves - WSU 3 (Lindsey Jorgensen), UW 3 (Hope Solo).
Corner Kicks - WSU 10, UW 4.
Fouls - WSU 12, UW 8.
Attendance - 2,490.

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