BEAVERTON, ORE. – The spring season may just be exhibition, but Sunday the Dawgs had an encouraging effort, knocking off Portland, 3-0. Washington scored three great goals to avenge a loss during the regular season by the same score.
“Sunday was a picture perfect day on the Nike Campus in Beaverton and after traveling down the same day to face Portland, I couldn’t have asked for more from our team,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “We scored early, started the game with energy and intensity and never really let up. We know that UP, regardless of which players take the pitch, are always going to be a technical and possession oriented team that are good at keeping the ball. I was so pleased to see our organization and more importantly, patience, on defense throughout the entire 90 minutes of the match.”
Washington got on the board in the opening seconds when Jaclyn Softli scored. The Husky junior took a pass in the box in a post-up position, turned a buried a low shot in the corner.
The Dawgs had a few more chances throughout the half, including shots on goal by both Kate Bennett and Softli. The second goal came just before half when Amanda Perez fought for a ball and contributed an assist on a Becca Schoales goal bent around the goalkeeper.
Ten minutes into the second half, Washington made it 3-0 when Charlee Garcia scored off a corner kick. Softli set up the corner with a shot on goal as she continued an active day.
The Dawgs would hold onto the shutout as Megan Kufeld was unblemished for the first 72 minutes before giving way to Madi McNamara who came on to finish the job. The starting backline of Havana McElvaine, Allyson Brahs, Stine Schoening and Katey Fawcett also did a nice job of thwarting the usually potent Pilot attack.
“Danica Evans for Portland is a handful and we didn’t really give her too many clean looks,” said Gallimore. “Our back line and keepers handled the few dangerous opportunities presented and we read the game well to intercept passes up front and in the midfield. It is great see our team coming together as a unit this way.”
Overall, Gallimore came away impressed with the Dawgs performance.
“We created some great chances on goal and the three we converted were high quality finishes. It’s great to see us be dangerous to goal. The midfield trio of Bennett, Christina Archer, and Perez continue to improve defensively, which has been an area we’ve targeted for them. This has helped them really shine in the attack at times. Continuing to put their collective game together on both sides of the ball is going to really help our team be successful come fall.
The Dawgs will next compete on Thursday, April 17, when Western Washington comes to the Husky Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
“We are excited about our two remaining contests and the mentality of the team currently couldn’t be better,” said Gallimore. “As a staff, we’re proud of their attitude and daily effort. We are happy to see this group convert those things into game success.”