LOS ANGELES -- Washington earned a huge conference road win, defeating USC 1-0 on Friday afternoon in the Southern California heat. The Dawgs evened their record at 5-5-1, but more importantly stayed unbeaten in conference (1-0-1) after earning a second-straight result on the road.
“We haven’t beaten them down here in awhile, so really happy to get this win,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “We came out with a lot of energy and dominated the first 10 or 15 minutes and then Allie’s goal could not have come at a better time.”
The goal came from senior Allie Beahan just 37 second before the half. Christina Archer won a ball and then sent in a pass to Beahan, who gathered at the corner of the 18-yard box, shot and scored. It was the second goal of the season for Beahan and gave the Dawgs a big lift heading into halftime.
The Dawgs outshot USC 7-4 in the first half and controlled the majority of the possession in the period.
After halftime, the Huskies continued to create chances, but also stepped up on the defensive end as the desperate Women of Troy looked for the equalizer. USC took seven shots in the second half, but the Husky defense was up to the task. For the game, Megan Kufeld made two saves and earned her fourth shutout of the season.
“We knew they would start pressing in the second half,” said Gallimore. “The defense really stepped up. Megan (Kufeld) did a great job of reading balls and coming out of her goal to clear chances away.”
The Husky backline of Lindsey Bos, Molly Boyd, Allyson Brahs and Havana McElvaine were also big, each playing the full 90 minutes and holding USC’s chances to few and far between. Archer and McKenzie Karas also were the other big contributors, especially the height of Karas who dominated the ball in the air.
“The defense did a nice job of winning second and third balls,” said Gallimore. “Even if we didn’t win the first one, they really stayed with it.”
Washington was credited with just two shots after the break, but remained dangerous throughout. For the game, Lindsay Elston had a pair of shots on goal, while Isabel Farrell and Kate Bennett also tested the USC goalkeeper.
Washington’s depth also came into play as the Los Angeles heat wore down both teams. Five different players saw time off the bench, including Archer who had the assist and her sister Chelsea Archer who saw significant minutes as well.
The win keeps Washington near the top of the Pac-12 standings in the early going, a significant feat considering the Dawgs have yet to play a conference game at home. The Huskies will finish the Los Angeles road trip on Monday with a 7 p.m. game at No. 3 UCLA live on the Pac-12 Networks.
“Winning the first game of a road trip is huge because it makes it a lot more fun to get ready for the second game,” said Gallimore. “We know we are the underdogs against the No. 3 team in the country, but now we can be loose and play like we have nothing to lose.”