CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Washington women opened Pac-12 play with a game effort at Oregon State, coming away with a 1-1 draw. The Dawgs allowed a questionable early goal, but fought back to earn the equalizer and had chances for the game winner, but it was not to be.
“It was a really hard fought game,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “Their goal was a little strange to be frank, but with that said, we battled through some tough weather and field conditions and played well.”
The Beaver goal came in the 36th minute on a free kick from 40 yards out. Laura Rayfield struck the ball towards the far post where another Beaver player was standing well offside. Megan Kufeld appeared to be obstructed by the Oregon State player as the ball skipped into the goal untouched. Offsides was not called and the goal was allowed to the disbelief of the Huskies.
The unusual goal capped a half where each team had five shots. Washington had just two dangerous chances on goal. The first came from Kate Bennett with a shot on target, but was saved by Oregon State goalkeeper, Sammy Prudhomme. Later, just before the half, Allie Beahan nearly had a goal, but her shot went off the crossbar.
In the second half, Washington began to take control of the game, dominating possession and outshooting the Beavers, 9-3. Bennett forced Prudhomme into another save as did McKenzie Karas before the Dawgs got the equalizer in the 72nd minute.
Washington’s goal came on a long drive from Bennett after a nice feed from Lindsay Elston. The goal was the second of the season for Bennett, but also her second in as many games. Elston picked up her fourth assist to tie Isabel Farrell for the team lead.
“Kate Bennett’s equalizer was another stunner,” said Gallimore, referring to Bennett’s similar goal a week ago to defeat Gonzaga, 1-0.
Following Bennett’s goal, the Dawgs had an onslaught of chances, but could not find the equalizer. Washington outshot Oregon State, 15-5, in the second half and overtimes and also had a 5-0 edge in corner kicks during that period.
“We really picked it up, out-possessed and outshot Oregon State the rest of the match,” said Gallimore. “We just couldn’t get the game winner. Overall, I am really proud of how we played and we’re excited to come home for a big match against Portland on Sunday.”
Sunday’s match against the Pilots will kickoff at 2 p.m. as Washington looks to upend the 14th-ranked team in the nation. Portland defeated Wyoming on Friday to improve to 7-1-1, but Washington knows a win would be a great way for the Dawgs to complete the non-conference schedule.