SEATTLE -- Fighting through a rash of injuries, Washington hung tough with No. 11 Baylor, but fell, 1-0. The Dawgs gave up a first-half goal after a delay because of an Amanda Perez injury, before fighting back in the second half to have some chances, but were unable finish the equalizer.
“What Baylor does, they do very well,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “They play that direct style where they don’t have the ball on the ground much. It’s tough, physically we battled OK, but it’s a tough style to play against.
Baylor indeed played their direct style, clearing Washington attacking attempts and immediately pushing the ball forward. The Bears did not have too many chances in the first half, but made one pay as Natalie Huggins scored on a strike from 25 yards. The goal came immediately after a delay when Perez was forced to leave with an ankle injury. The restart seemed to catch Washington off guard as Baylor attacked from the center of the field.
“When Amanda went out we lost focus for a moment and gave up a goal,” said Gallimore. “We didn’t have pressure on the ball and their player got a great shot off.”
The Dawgs were held without a shot in the first half, but Baylor tallied just four as both defenses dominated. The Dawgs played with a backline of Lindsey Bos, McKenzie Karas, Allyson Brahs and Havana McElvaine as three projected starters were on the bench nursing injuries.
Still, the depth of the Huskies showed up as Baylor finished with just 11 shots and the lone goal. Megan Kufeld made six saves, including a couple nice ones, but took the loss.
On the attacking end, Washington struggled to get anything going in the first half, but was much more dangerous after the break. The Huskies began to play a more direct style themselves, playing the ball forward and trying to catch Baylor on counterattacks.
The Dawgs also forced a couple of free kicks in dangerous areas and had four corners in the second half after none before the break. Despite, the opportunities, Baylor’s Michelle Kloss made only one save. Kate Bennett had perhaps the most dangerous chance on a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box. Bennett went for the chip over the wall, but it sailed just high. Bennett led the Dawgs with three shots, while Isabel Farrell had the only shot on goal.
“On restarts, we had a couple of dangerous chances and had enough of them to tie that game up,” said Gallimore. “We defended well that I am disappointed that we didn’t at least get the draw.”
Becca Schoales started at forward and was able to hold the ball at times, but did not have enough help going forward.
The Dawgs will be back in action on Sunday when they host Boise State at 2 p.m. Gallimore will be honored before the game for picking up her 200th win last weekend over UNC Greensboro. The game will also be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.