SEATTLE -- The early-season scoring slump is officially a thing of the past as Washington romped to five goals in a 5-0 victory over Seattle U. on Friday under the lights at the Husky Soccer Stadium. The Dawgs got goals from five different players on the way to a convincing win.
“We finally broke through and got a couple good goals last weekend against Central Michigan,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “All week we have been working on our attack and get players calm and composed with their finishing. I think you saw that tonight.”
The finishing was indeed clinical, but so was the buildup, including a school-record tying four assists from Isabel Farrell. The Dawgs were also dangerous on set pieces, scoring on two corner kicks.
The opening goal was one of the corners as Farrell sent in an inswinger for her first assist. McKenzie Karas used her size to rise above the defense and bury a header for her first goal of her Husky career. The goal came in the 15th minute and put the momentum squarely in Washington’s favor after Seattle U. had started well.
Four minutes later, Washington made it 2-0 on a brilliant strike from Allie Beahan. Lindsey Bos played a bouncing ball across the goal and Beahan got her knee over it for a drive into the upper corner. Seattle U. goalkeeper Brianna Smallidge had no chance on a perfectly placed shot from Beahan.
The Dawgs made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute with a goal from Becca Schoales. Farrell earned her second assist with a cross to Schoales who controlled the ball in the box and finished. Schoales has had the hot hand, scoring her third goal in the past two games.
Washington led 3-0 at the half, outshooting the Redhawks 7-4 in the period. Megan Kufeld made two saves, but Seattle U. did not have any particularly dangerous chances.
The Dawgs thoroughly dominated the second half, putting Seattle U. away with a goal in the 50th minute. Again, it was Farrell initiating the offense with a perfect through ball to Jaclyn Softli. Softli got behind the defense and chipped a shot into the upper corner for her second goal of the season.
Farrell and Softli would combine one more time, but this time Christina Archer would be on the finishing end. Farrell sent in another inswinging corner, which Softli flicked on and Archer one-timed for the fifth goal. Both Farrell and Softli were credited with assists, but it was Farrell’s fourth that tied the school record.
Kufeld held the clean sheet with the help of Sarah Shimer who came on for the final 14 minutes.
The Dawgs would finish with a 16-6 edge in shots, including nine on goal. Just before full time, Schoales appeared to have a second goal finishing a rebound from a Falon Miller shot, but was called offsides.
The Dawgs improved to 3-4-0 on the season and will look to get back to .500 on Friday, Sept. 27, when they welcome Gonzaga to the Husky Soccer Stadium for a game to be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.