No. 14 Huskies, Cougars Battle to 1-1 Draw in Pac-10 Opener

Oct. 9, 2009

Box Score

SEATTLE - The No. 14 Washington women's soccer team took a second-half lead against the Washington Cougars but their inter-state rivals scored a late goal to tie it up and the teams battled to a 1-1 tie Friday night in the Pac-10 opener for both squads at Husky Soccer Field.

The Huskies are now 8-2-2 overall and 0-0-1 in Pac-10 play while Washington State moves to 7-3-1, 0-0-1.

After a slow first-half defensive battle in which the teams took a combined five shots, both squads came out more aggressive in the second half and the Huskies broke through first when a pair of seniors connected on a goal in the 57th minute. Nikki Murray sent a though ball into the box and Veronica Perez just beat the Cougars keeper to the ball, heading it into the back of the net from close range to give UW the lead. It was Perez's team-leading fifth goal of the season.

The Husky defense played well over the next 15 minutes until a small breakdown led to the Cougars getting the equalizer in the 84th minute. After a turnover deep in Husky territory, Kiersten Dallstream took control of the ball and fired a shot that bounced off the cross bar, but Elysse Van Leer was there to collect the rebound and send the ball into the net for the late goal.

The teams then slugged it out into the first overtime, during which the Huskies controlled the run of play and were able to take three shots but could not come up with the game winner. Then, with just over a minute left in the first extra period, a Washington State player was sent off after a second yellow card, giving the Huskies a player advantage for the remainder of the match.

But WSU hung tough and allowed UW to take just two more shots in the final overtime period, one of which came in the final seconds as UW lined up for a free kick deep in Cougar territory, but the ball bounced around in front of the goal and the Cougars managed to clear the ball and go home with a tie.

'It was disappointing, we have to do a better job of running it out. When you have eight minutes left you have to be smarter about the choices you make with the ball but with that said, Washington State is a very good team and they capitalized on one of the limited number of errors we made with the ball,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'We did a good job of getting the ball wide and in the corner and the one time we didn't, they punished us for it. They were relentless in finishing that play. You have to give credit where credit is due but we could have done a better job of running the game out at that point.'

Gallimore praised the Husky defense for their effort, which included limiting Dallstream - who came into the match with 11 goals in 10 games this season - to just three shots in the match.

'I'm really proud of the way our team defended. I was worried about a couple of match-ups but all four of our backs played well,' Gallimore said. 'Hannah Greig had a really good game. We've had the flu run through our team this week and she was one of them so for her to play 110 minutes in that game was excellent. Alex Kirk also had a tremendous game. She played very, very well.'

The Huskies hit the road next weekend when they travel to the desert to face the Arizona schools. UW will face Arizona on Friday at 7 p.m. and Arizona State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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

Scoring - 1, UW, Veronica Perez (Nikki Murray), 56:50. 2, WSU, Elysse Van Leer (Kiersten Dallstream), 83:54.
Shots - UW 17, WSU 9
Corners - UW 2, WSU 4
Saves - UW 2 (Kari Davidson), WSU 5 (Meghan Berlingo).
Fouls - UW 8, WSU 15
Offsides - UW 0, WSU 1
Attendance - 1550

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