Robison's Golden Goal Lifts Huskies in Overtime, 3-2
Nov. 14, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Senior Jenna Robison made her first career NCAA tournament appearance a memorable one, bending in a shot from the top of the box to give the Washington women's soccer team a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory over LSU Friday in the NCAA First Round at Aggie Soccer Stadium.
UW (15-5-1), which has just one player on the roster with NCAA postseason experience, showed some early jitters, giving up two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to fall behind 2-0. The Huskies woke up to score two goals in the final 30 minutes to send the match into overtime.
Midway through the first overtime period, freshman Kate Deines (Issaquah, Wash.) chased down a ball deep in LSU territory which somehow stayed in bounds. She sent the ball to the top of the box where Robison fired a shot toward the goal which had just enough English on it to curve past LSU goalkeeper Mo Isom and into the back of the net.
'It was a barnburner, an interesting game to say the least,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'We looked every bit as inexperienced as we are in the first half and LSU punished us for it. But our players looked at each other and decided they didn't want it to be the end. As often has been the case, Kate was the catalyst. It was so fun to watch her run down a ball that everyone thought was going out of bounds. And Jenna has worked so hard to get our team to this point so it was fun to watch.'
The goal was Robison's third of the season, all of which have been game-winners. She also had a golden goal earlier in the season in UW's 2-1 overtime victory over Hawaii.
'It was a great effort by Kate to get the ball or it wouldn't have happened in the first place,' Robison (Livermore, Calif.) said. 'The ball just kind of came out and their defender was running straight at me so I had to put a spin on it and thank god I did because the goalie was going one way and the ball went the other way. It was just great to make it here my last year because the first three years were a struggle and it's amazing to not only make it but to come out and win the first game.'
The Huskies are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004, when they advanced to the Elite Eight, the best finish in program history. After three consecutive losing seasons, UW has rebounded this season with the third-most wins in school history.
After the Huskies got by with a scoreless first half, the Tigers got on the board first just six minutes into the second half when Melissa Clarke sent a pass to SEC Offensive Player of the Year Malorie Rutledge who sent a shot from the right side far post, which got over the head of UW freshman goalkeeper Kari Davidson and curled into the back of the net.
LSU then made the score 2-0 in the 58th minute when Roslyn Jones beat a UW defender to a loose ball and chipped it past Davidson for her ninth goal of the season.
UW answered right back in the 61st minute when sophomore McKenna Waitley (El Cajon, Calif.) sent a through ball into the box which freshman Kate Deines (Issaquah, Wash.) chipped in for her seventh goal of the season, tied for the second-most by a freshman in UW history.
The Huskies, who took 14 second-half shots compared to three by LSU, then evened the match in the 83rd minute when Robison sent in a ball from just inside the midfield line and the found a streaking Veronica Perez, who beat the Tiger defender to the ball and flipped in a shot over the head of Isom for her 13th goal of the season.
Both teams had chances to score in the first half. The Huskies, who have scored in the first minute twice this season, had a chance just 45 seconds into the match when Hannah Greig sent a pass into the box and Waitley got a head on it from close range, but Isom made the save.
Rutledge had another chance in the 31st minute when she launched a shot from the top of the box which hit the far post.
The Tigers had six shots in the first half while Washington managed four.
'I was really impressed with LSU,' Gallimore said. 'It's tough when you come this far to play a team and have three days to prepare. What we heard about them was true: they're a very skillful team, a very attacking team and they have a great goalkeeper. I talked to the team today about LSU being in the tournament last year and having experience and I definitely think, in the first half particularly, their experienced showed over ours. But we worked through it. We've been a team that has overcome adversity all year and we don't cave when the going gets tough.
'I couldn't be more proud of the effort for them to come back from 2-0 down and win,' Gallimore continued. 'They've had a great season and you want it to go on as long as possible and we really gutted it out.'
The Huskies advance to the NCAA Second Round where they will face with No. 3 seed and host Texas A&M or Texas State on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PT.
NCAA Women's Soccer - NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Washington 3, LSU 2 (ot)
Scoring - 1, LSU, Malorie Rutledge (Melissa Clarke), 51:09. 2, LSU, Roslyn Jones (unassisted) 57:50. 3, UW, Kate Deines (McKenna Waitley), 60:21. 4, UW, Veronica Perez (Jenna Robison), 82:15. 5, Jenna Robison (unassisted), 94:31.
Shots - UW 20, LSU 11
Corners - UW 7, LSU 5
Saves - UW 2 (Kari Davidson), LSU 7 (Mo Isom)
Fouls - UW 9, LSU 6
Offsides - UW 0, LSU 1