Perez's Two Goals Keep Huskies Undefeated
Sept. 5, 2008
SEATTLE - Junior Veronica Perez scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 40th minute, helping Washington stay unbeaten with a 4-1 victory over Colgate on the first day of the Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field.
Washington (3-0-0) got off to a surprisingly fast start, as sophomore Kellye Joswick took a pass down the left side after the opening kickoff and broke away, firing a shot at Colgate goalkeeper Rebecca Michlin. Michlin made the save but Joswick sent the rebound past the Red Raiders keeper, giving Washington a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the game. The goal was the fastest in Husky history, surpassing Tami Bennett's score 50 seconds into a game in 2000.
The lead did not last long, however, as Colgate (1-3-0) got the equalizer in the 14th minute on a header from Josie Johnson.
That's when Perez went to work, scoring the next two goals for Washington, the first coming in the 40th minute after she worked her way past a pair of Colgate defenders and fired a shot from the left side of the box into the lower right corner of the goal for her third score of the season.
'Early goals are great sometimes but they can also be a curse because you tend to relax and that's exactly what happened,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'That goal put us on our heels a little bit but I thought it was a great team effort to come back. And Veronica Perez just continues to excite.'
The Huskies controlled most of the second half but were unable to score until Perez struck again in the 71st minute, this time taking a pass from junior Chelsea Bumbaugh in front of the box and ripping a shot into the top right corner of the goal from 10 yards away.
The two goals gave Perez four on the season, twice as many as she had in her career coming into the 2008 campaign. She has scored the game-winner in two of the Huskies' three wins.
'She just worked her butt off between last year and this year,' Gallimore said of Perez. 'She committed herself to being the player she can be. She is seriously a different kid. She's doing everything we know she can do. Technically she is as good as they come and now she can do it for 90 minutes or more.'
Sophomore Tess Bartlett added her first career goal in the 89th minute for Washington off a feed from fellow sophomore Jane Mitchell, who also notched her first career assist to put the icing on the cake.
Washington has now scored nine goals in their first three games this season after scoring just 19 times in 19 games last year.
Earlier in the day, #9 Portland scored three goals in the first half and five in the second half to defeat Kennesaw State, 8-0, and improve to 3-1-0. The Owls suffered their first loss of the season and dropped to 3-1-1.
The Huskies return to the pitch Sunday for the final day of the Husky/Nike Invitational. Portland will play Colgate at 11 a.m. followed by Washington taking on Kennesaw State at 1:30 p.m.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.
Friday, Sept. 5, 2008
Washington 4, Colgate 1
Shots - UW 16, CU 7
Corners - UW 2, CU 5
Saves - UW 2, CU 2
Fouls - UW 11, CU 8
Offsides - UW 6, CU 2
Attendance - 918
Portland 8, Kennesaw State 0
Scoring - 1, Michelle Enyeart (Danielle Foxhoven), 5:34. 2, Danielle Foxhoven (Sophie Schmidt), 6:52. 3, Charney Burk, 18:48. 4, Janelle Jacka (Michelle Enyeart), 49:16. 5, Michelle Enyeart (Kendra Chandhoke), 55:13. 6, Danielle Foxhoven (Elli Reed), 55:59. 7, Kendra Chandhoke (Penalty kick), 73:51. 8, Keelin Winters (Elli Reed).
Shots - PU 25, KSU 2
Corners - PU 7, KSU 0
Saves - PU 0, KSU 8
Fouls - PU 12, KSU 3
Offsides - PU 1, KSU 0
Attendance - 276
Kennesaw State 3-1-1
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