Waitley Strikes Again, But Huskies Fall At No. 25 Oregon State

Nov. 1, 2009

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Washington junior McKenna Waitley continued her break-out season for the Huskies, scoring her team-leading sixth goal of the season Sunday, but it was not enough as No. 25 Oregon State scored a late goal to edge the Huskies, 2-1, at Paul Lorenz Field.

The Huskies fell behind in the 62nd minute but answered back immediately as they have so many times this season, tying it up just five minutes later on Waitley's goal. But the Beavers scored the game-winner with just under 12 minutes left to escape with the victory.

UW is now 11-4-3 overall and 3-2-2 in Pac-10 while Oregon State improves to 11-6-1 and 3-4-0.

The Huskies were held to a season-low six shots in the match, including just one in the first half. But it was a defensive battle on both sides as UW allowed just nine shots to the Beavers, five of which came in the second half.

Kari Davidson made three saves in the first half to keep the Beavers off the scoreboard, but OSU finally broke through in the 62nd minute when Melissa Peck took a pass from Megan Miller and fired a shot into the lower right corner for her fifth goal of the season.

But the Huskies scored the equalizer just minutes later when Waitley took a shot in the box which deflected off an Oregon State defender right back to the junior, whose follow-up shot snuck just under the Beavers keeper to tie the match.

The Huskies would not be lucky enough to earn the comeback victory as they did in Friday's 3-1 win over Oregon, however, as Chelsea Buckland scored in the 79th minute off a corner kick from Courtney Wetzel to seal the victory for OSU.

The Oregon State defense played tough the entire match, allowing the Huskies just the one shot on goal on Waitley's score as keeper Ashley Wood did not have to make a save in the match.

'Oregon State is a good team but the energy from both teams was not great,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'It was a forced and sloppy game most of the time. OSU was more dangerous than us in the front of the goal. We had a few calls or non-calls that hurt us, specifically on one breakaway, but that happens in soccer. We played hard and the game didn't go our way. We'll head home now and rest up for two big games to close out the regular season.'

Waitley, who came into the season with four goals and four assists in her first two seasons combined, now has a career-high six goals to go along with a team-high four assists and leads UW with 16 points.

The Huskies conclude the regular season at Husky Soccer Field next weekend when they host No. 3 UCLA on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. and No. 18 USC on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. Sunday will be Senior Day, where a total of six Huskies will be honored prior to their last regular-season home game.

Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Oregon State 2, Washington 1
Paul Lorenz Field; Corvallis, Ore.

Scoring - 1, OSU, Melissa Peck (Megan Miller), 61:49. 2, UW, McKenna Waitley (unassisted), 67:42. 3, OSU, Chelsea Buckland (Courtney Wetzel),78:11.
Shots - UW 6, OSU 9
Corners - UW 5, OSU 3
Saves - UW 5 (Kari Davidson), OSU 0 (Ashley Wood).
Fouls - UW 6, OSU 13
Offsides - UW 1, OSU 2
Attendance - 512

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