SEATTLE – In the first match of the 2014 Spring campaign, the Huskies defeated crosstown rival Seattle University 4-1 on Thursday evening. Led by the midfield trio of Christina Archer, Amanda Perez, and Kate Bennett, the Dawgs were able to control the tempo of the match and outshoot the Redhawks, 14-7.
“I am extremely pleased with our team’s effort versus Seattle U,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “This team has been working extremely hard since November to improve individually and collectively, so we’re pleased to see them rewarded with a four-goal performance and victory on the night.”
The Huskies scored first on a great individual effort from Perez. Back with the team after helping Mexico qualify for the U-20 World Cup, Perez dribbled down the left flank, beat three players and snuck a shot past the goalkeeper at the near post.
Washington then added a second goal when Goalkeeper Megan Kufeld started a quick counter by throwing the ball down the right flank to Jaclyn Softli. Softli dribbled down the sideline and crossed the ball to a streaking UNLV transfer Miranda Rawlings who headed home her first goal for the purple and gold.
Washington would add a third in the first half on another header, this time from a crossed ball by Christina Archer to Softli, who beat her marker to head home from six yards out.
Seattle U. got on the board in the 76th minute with their lone goal of the game, but the Dawgs added a fourth moments later. Kate Bennett went on a mazy run, dribbling past numerous defenders, before scoring with a left-footed shot to secure the Huskies 4-1 win.
In goal, Megan Kufeld kept a clean sheet for 60 minutes before giving way Freshman Madi McNamara.
“I’m sure the players are happy to finally get a game under their belts after the long layoff from matches,” said Gallimore. “As a staff we now have an even better idea of where we build from here and improve with each training and match before the players start with their summer teams in May. The four remaining matches will be great tests for our squad and we’re excited to get back to it after the break. The attitude and effort of the players all winter quarter has been tremendous.”
The Dawgs will take an extended break during the next two weeks due to finals and the end of the quarter, but return to action on Thursday April 3rd when they host the Seattle Reign of the NWSL at 7:00pm at Husky Field. The Seattle Reign are led by USWNT members Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux along with UW alums Hope Solo and Kate Deines. Admission for the match will be $5.00 while children under the age of 12 will be free.