Huskies Storm Back in Final Minutes to Stun ASU, 2-1
SEATTLE – After trailing the majority of the match on Sunday against Arizona State (7-4-3, 3-4-1 Pac-12), Washington (9-4-3, 3-4-1 Pac-12) came up with some Montlake Magic, scoring twice in the final four minutes to come away with a 2-1 Senior Day victory.
Despite spending most of the matchup on the wrong side of the scoreboard, the Huskies dominated statistically, outshooting the Sun Devils 23-5 and earning 10 corners to ASU's three.
While Washington started the match strong, a moment of brilliance from ASU's Alexia Delgado left the Huskies down 1-0 in the 14th minute. Hitting a ball on the volley, Delgado buried a shot in the right corner of the goal to put the Sun Devils ahead.
The Huskies responded in kind to the adversity and pressed on for an equalizer but were forced to head to the halftime break down a goal.
Washington spent virtually the entirety of the second half on the front foot, pinning ASU back in its defensive third and forcing the Sun Devils to fend off a relentless attack.
Just when it looked like the effort would not bare any fruit, a pair of fifth year seniors in Summer Yates and Karlee Stueckle turned UW's fortunes around.
After Yates was taken down just a few yards outside of the 18-yard box, the Pasco, Washington native took the ball herself to setup the free kick. From there, the senior delivered, bending a sumptuous strike into the side netting to level the score in the 87th minute.
The Dawgs were not done there. Just a few minutes later, with less than a minute left on the clock, Kala McDaniel's shot was deflected, requiring an outstretched save from ASU's Pauline Nelles. Karlee Stueckle pounced on the rebound, slotting the ball into the vacant goal to send the home crowd into euphoria.
With the home regular season complete, the Huskies will hit the road for the final three matches of the season. First up are a pair of matches next week in Los Angeles, taking on USC on Thursday and UCLA on Sunday.
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