HONOLULU -- Washington women’s soccer picked up its first win of the season, defeating UNC Greensboro, 1-0 in overtime. The late Jaclyn Softli goal also gave head coach Lesle Gallimore a milestone in her coaching career as she picked up win No. 200 at UW.
After a rough opener on Friday, the Dawgs dominated play on a hot afternoon in Hawai’i. The Huskies outshot UNCG 24-4, but couldn’t find the clinching goal until overtime. With just 2:15 remaining in the second golden goal overtime period, Amanda Perez hit a perfectly placed cross to the head of Softli that she buried for the game winner.
“It was a great bounce back win for us,” said Gallimore. “It was great to see our team come out in the heat and shake off the Friday game and play much better.”
The Softli goal was late, but just in time for the Dawgs. Washington had a multitude of chances throughout the first 90 minutes, but was unable to find the back of the net. Kate Bennett totaled eight shots, while Isabel Farrell had five. Eight of the Huskies 24 shots were on frame, forcing UNCG goalkeeper Jamie Simmons into seven saves and getting help from the woodwork on a Lindsay Elston blast that bounced off the crossbar.
The Dawgs played a bit banged up, but got contributions throughout the team to nullify the heat and the injuries. McKenzie Karas was dominant in the center of the field, winning balls, while Gallimore called Christina Archer perhaps the player of the match, saying she was “everywhere.” Allyson Brahs played the full 90 minutes at center back, while freshman Havana McElvaine also earned her first career start.
In goal, Megan Kufeld wasn’t tested too often, but made three saves and earned her first shutout of the season.
Possession was a key for UW throughout the game as the Dawgs controlled the ball much more than their opponent.
“We did a good job of knocking it around and passing the ball on the ground,” said Gallimore. “We created a lot of space and got everyone more involved.”
The win moved Washington to 1-1-0 on the young season, while also giving Gallimore an impressive milestone spanning two decades of great Husky women's soccer teams.
The Dawgs now return to Seattle for the home opener on Friday, August 30. Washington hosts Baylor at 3:30 for a game also broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.