SEATTLE -- Washington completed the non-conference schedule, falling to No. 14 Portland, 3-0. The Dawgs played well in the first half and went to the break in a scoreless tie, but gave up early goals in the second half as the Pilots took control.
“We knew today was going to be a tall order, being in Corvallis on Friday,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “The weather conditions and the overtime game on Friday definitely took a lot out of us, but I thought we came out great. We played well in the first half and had a good game plan. In the second half, we didn’t match their energy and gave up goals.”
The first half was very even with neither team having many chances on goal. Both teams took three shots and three corner kicks, but each goalkeeper was forced into just once save. Megan Kufeld did do well to come out and punch away a corner kick that was played dangerously in front of goal.
After the half, Portland took control with a goal just 1:23 into the period. Amanda Frisbie scored for the Pilots and it seemed to deflate the Dawgs.
Just five minutes later, Portland added to their lead when Micaela Capelle finished a cross from Emily Sippel to make it 2-0.
“I am not pleased with the mental toughness and physical toughness that we showed,” said Gallimore. “I thought that game was there for the taking, particularly going into the second half and Portland was the team that came out and played harder.”
The Dawgs made some substitutions to get fresh legs on the field and had some chances, but nothing that would result in a goal.
“We weren’t very good on the attack,” said Gallimore. “We didn’t play the ball in when we could and just weren’t dangerous.”
Portland scored its third goal in the 65th minute when Cappelle added another, giving her a team-leading seven for the season.
The Dawgs did mange eight shots in the second half, most of them coming after trailing by three. Amanda Perez came off the bench to put two shots on goal, while Kate Bennett, Jaclyn Softli and Annie Sittauer had late chances.
Washington will now head to Los Angeles to resume Pac-12 play. After earning a draw at Oregon State, the Dawgs will look to steal more points on the road at USC and UCLA. The Dawgs face the Trojans at 2 p.m. on Friday and then No. 4 UCLA on Monday at 7 p.m. for a game broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
“We need to look at the fact that we are still undefeated in conference,” said Gallimore. “We have plenty of games left to play to make a run this year. It won’t be easy and the mental and physical toughness needs to get better.”