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Softli Powers Huskies Past Miami

Sep 14, 2014

MIAMI – UW women’s soccer earned a weekend split at the Nike Portland Invitational with a 3-1 victory over Miami, led by Jaclyn Softli’s two first-half goals.

 After dropping the tournament opener to San Diego State 2-1 on Friday night, the Huskies (5-2-0) jumped out to a hot start early in the first half against Miami (2-6-0). Softli found the back of the net in the seventh minute when she one-touched a finish from Havana McElvaine’s cross from the left side. Softli was positioned just in front of the goal near the right side and volleyed her shot back across Miami keeper Emily Lillard into the left corner of the net.

Softli’s second tally came in the 17th minute as she found a seam behind the defense and was alone on a breakaway. Lillard came out to challenge, but Softli pushed a shot from the top of the box past Lillard that rolled into the right corner of the net. She was set up by Kimberly Keever’s header that found Soflti streaking down the middle of the field.

After Washington controlled possession for much of the first half, Miami regained some control late. Jasmine Paterson breathed like into Hurricanes’ attack with her 36th minute goal. Paterson took a pass from Erin McGovern on the left near the top of the box. She dribbled to her right before cutting back and firing a left-footed shot that just got past a diving Megan Kufeld a cut the Miami deficit to 2-1.

Each team had chances late, as Miami had a header hit the upright in the 41st and Washington had quality looks in the 31st and 44th minutes, but neither team capitalized and the Huskies held a 2-1 advantage at the half.  

Senior midfielder Kate Bennett scored the only goal of the second half for either team to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead in the 57th minute. UW had possession deep in Miami’s half and the Hurricanes attempted a clearance that fell right to Bennett just outside the box. She took a touch and fired a left-footed missile into the upper right corner of the net, past a sprawling Lillard. It was Bennett’s first goal of the season.

The Huskies return to action on Friday, Sept. 19, with a game at Seattle University at 7 p.m. PT. It will be the final tune-up before UW opens its Pac-12 schedule at Oregon against the Ducks on Thursday, Sept. 25. 

UW vs. Miami Final Stats