Oct. 28, 2012
SEATTLE - Washington fell behind early, but fought back and earned a hard-fought draw on Sunday afternoon at the Husky Soccer Field. Oregon State (11-5-3, 3-4-3 Pac-12) scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, but the Huskies (10-6-3, 3-5-2 Pac-12) showed its resilience in mounting a comeback.
The first 10 minutes went about as bad as could be for Washington as it allowed a pair of unlucky goals. First, Haley Shaw scored in the sixth minute on a restart after the ball bounced around in the box.
Three minutes later, the Beavers were awarded a penalty kick when a Washington player was called for a hand ball in the box. Oregon State's Megan Miller slotted the PK into the right corner and the Beavers had a two-goal lead just 9:34 into the game.
Despite the unfortunate turn of events, the Dawgs kept their heads and kept playing. Washington outshot Oregon State in the half, but it was the last shot that made the difference.
"Our mental fortitude was tested," said head coach Lesle Gallimore. "I thought we responded well. We didn't hang our heads or allow a third goal."
Facing the possibility of going to the half down two goals, Lindsay Elston made it a game in the 44th minute. Washington created a dangerous chance and Hillary Zevenbergen nearly scored, but her shot hit the crossbar. However, Elston was there to collect the rebound and score with one touch.
"It was clutch for us to get that goal before half," said Gallimore. "To be down 2-0 at half to a team as good as these guys would have been a difficult task. To me scoring that goal was the game for us."
Down just one, Washington came out energized in the second half, looking like the more dangerous team. It didn't take long for the Huskies to tie things up as Jaclyn Softli scored in the 51st minute. Softli scored after Zevenbergen took her dribble to the endline and hit a perfect cross to her teammate.
Washington continued to create chances throughout the rest of regulation, but could not find the game winner. At the same time, the Husky defense did its job, particularly against Jenna Richardson, one of the top players in the conference. Richardson looked dangerous with the ball, but the Huskies never allowed her close enough to the goal to create scoring chances.
In overtime, both teams desperately tried to end things with a sudden victory goal. Washington earned two of its nine corners in OT, but were unable to convert into a goal.
The Huskies settled for the tie, which should keep its postseason chances alive. The Dawgs have just one game left when it crosses the Cascades to face Washington State Friday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m.