Huskies Rally for 2-1 Women's Soccer Win over Yale
Sept. 14, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. - Reserve forward Shuree Hyatt netted two second-half goals Friday to rally Washington to its first win, a 2-1 victory over Yale in the first round of the Portland Invitational women's soccer tournament at Merlo Field.
The Huskies improved to 1-4 while Yale's record dropped to 1-3.
Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) registered her first multiple-goal game as a Husky. She scored for the first time since early last season when she had two goals before missing the final 12 games with an injury. Hyatt transferred from the University of San Francisco prior to the 2006 season.
She did not play in the opening half Friday, but was inserted into the lineup that started the second period. Hyatt contributed immediately, scoring the equalizer 35 seconds after halftime. She received a pass from Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) and sent a low, eight-yard drive into the goal from a difficult angle.
Hyatt notched the game-winner at 60:54 on a five-yard header off a free kick from Nikki Murray (DesMoines, Wash./Mt. Rainer). Hyatt had three opportunities to post a hat trick, including an 86th-minute try that was cleared off the line by a Yale defender, but none of those shots found the goal.
'It was a good turnaround in the second half. This team needed a win to get some confidence and feel good about themselves,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'It wasn't the prettiest game, but when you haven't won a game yet you play a little bit tight with a 2-1 lead. We did well to defend and keep the ball out of the back of our net and preserve the win.'
The Bulldogs attempted the game's first seven shots. UW's initial offering, by freshman Sara Turcios (Altadena, Calif.), didn't come until the 36th minute.
Less than half a minute later, Yale scored first with a 12-yard shot by Becky Brown. Maggie Westfal assisted on the goal at 37:05.
'The statistics didn't really tell the story in the first half,' said Gallimore, whose Huskies were out shot 8-3 before halftime, but attempted five first-half corner kicks to none for Yale. 'We came out, possessed the ball and got forward, but we weren't shooting the ball. We were getting numbers forward and we just weren't getting shots off. We made some adjustments at halftime.'
Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Carr (Culver City, Calif.) protected the lead with a diving save in the 76th minute. She was credited with five saves for the Huskies, who were out shot 17-10 for the game.
Bulldog goalkeeper Susan Starr stopped one shot in the first half and was replaced at halftime by Ayana Sumiyasu who did not make a save.
Washington finishes the Portland tournament, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. against Kansas followed by a clash between Yale and host Portland.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.
Friday, Sept. 14, 2007
Washington 2, Yale 1
Shots -- UW 10, Yale 17.
Saves -- UW 5 (Taylor Carr), Yale 2 (Susan Starr 1, Ayana Sumiyasu).
Corner Kicks -- UW 7, Yale 1.
Fouls -- UW 16, Yale 9.
Offsides -- UW 6, Yale 2.
Records -- Washington 1-4-0, Yale 1-3-0.