OSU Falls To Washington 3-1
Oregon State lost a hard-fought women's soccer match to northwest rival Washington by a score of 3-1 on Sunday at Lorenz Field, dropping OSU's record to 7-4-2 on the year and 0-2-0 in the Pacific-10.
After a score from Kim Taylor put UW (7-4-0) up 1-0 in the 27th minute, the Beavers answered with seven seconds left in the first half to make the score 1-1.
Despite being outshot 13-6 in the second half, OSU created scoring opportunities in the final 45 minutes - the best of which came early in the second half with the score still tied 1-1.
OSU's Jillian Nicks worked free for a shot in the UW box, but Husky keeper Hope Solo made a diving save to prevent OSU from grabbing the lead.
'I think the key to the game was in the second half with the score tied 1-1 when Hope Solo made a world-class save, which is not uncommon for her - she's a great keeper,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'I think Washington won the game with that save. If we go up 2-1 on that shot, I think it's a different game at that point.
'People sometimes say `the keeper saved the game', and that was the case with that play.'
UW's Tina Frimpong gave the Huskies what proved to be the game-winner at 73:08 when she took a through-pass from Kim Taylor on the left wing. After clearing space from the defender, Frimpong lofted a shot to the far corner of the net over OSU keeper Jo Fletcher for a 2-1 lead.
Fletcher made five saves in the game, four of which came in the second half.Frimpong and Taylor each tallied a goal and an assist; Frimpong assisted on Taylor's opening score.
Megan McKinstry tacked on the final score in the 88th minute with a shot from 12 yards off a Melissa Bennett corner kick to the center of the box.
'We played very well at times in the second half and both teams had their chances,' Fennah said. 'Something that we need to correct is that we haven't been in the game and ready to play early on. Today, we started playing once Washington scored, but by that point, they had already begun to dictate the pace of the game.'
OSU will be on the road this weekend with matches at No. 2 Stanford and No. 5 California on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
'With nine games in the Pac-10, we need to win three or four to have a shot at NCAAs,' Fennah said. 'When those wins come could be at any time. It would have been nice to win one this weekend, but we'll keep playing and continue to improve.
'We have to go to the Bay Area next weekend, so that will be a tough trip. If we continue to give the effort and play to our strengths, we can come back with something.'
WASHINGTON 3, OREGON STATE 1
Washington 1 2 - 3
Oregon State 1 0 - 1
UW - Kim Taylor (Tina Frimpong), 26:49
UW - Tina Frimpong (Kim Taylor), 73:08
UW - Megan McKinstry (Melissa Bennett), 87:45
SHOTS: UW 22, OSU 13; CORNERS: UW 8, OSU 3; SAVES: UW 4, OSU 5; FOULS: UW 16, OSU 15
UW - Nicole Martinez, 31:58