LAKE COMO, Italy -- Washington women's soccer wrapped up their trip to Italy with perfect day at beautiful Lake Como, before knocking off FC Como 2000, 4-0, in the final friendly of the trip.
The Dawgs took a short bus trip Tuesday morning to Lake Como, a picturesque spot at the base of the Alps. The team enjoyed a tram ride to the top of the nearby mountain for great views and photo opportunities.
The team then descended into the town of Como for more sightseeing and shopping, while others went to a nearby park to get some sun and take in the views. It was a relaxing day, although a few players rented a paddleboat and got in a workout before the game.
After a final team dinner back at the hotel, the Huskies went back to the stadium of their first training session for the game with FC Como. The Italian team plays in a higher league than the previous opponents, so it was expected to be a tough game, but once it began, the Dawgs proved to be too much.
After a scoreless tie for the first 15 minutes, the Dawgs broke it open with three first-half goals. The scoring began with a great set of passing, begun by Isabel Farrell. She found Jaclyn Softli who played a perfect through ball to Lindsay Elston who was behind the defense. Elston made the breakaway look easy, slipping it past the keeper.
Washington made it 2-0 when the same two combined for a goal, but this time the other way around. Elston's ball found Softli in the center and she slid it past the goalkeeper. Just before the half, the Dawgs took a three-goal lead when Elston scored her second, this time assisted by Allie Beahan.
Out of the half, Washington continued to dominate play, continuously testing the Italian keeper. Falon Miller, Hillary Zevenbergen and Farrell all had dangerous chances, but none found the back of the net.
Finally midway through the half, the Dawgs notched a fourth goal. Molly Boyd got down the right wing and drove a cross to the six-yard box that Kate Bennett headed home. It was a sensational goal that surely made the coaching staff smile as they have been emphasizing heading the ball all spring.
Megan Kufeld earned the shutout in goal, making the few saves that were needed.
The result kept Washington perfect with a 3-0 record in Italy, but also unbeaten all spring. The Dawgs went 2-0-4 during the spring season, meaning they have not lost since being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Auburn to end the 2012 season.
In Italy, the offense was plentiful, including Elston notching three goals and four assists on the trip, while Farrell had a hat trick in game two.
Wednesday, the Dawgs will begin their journey back to Seattle with an early flight out of Milan. It has been a memorable trip for the team to experience a foreign country, while also playing some great soccer.