SEATTLE -- The Husky women finished their spring season with the annual matchup against the Sounders Women, winning 1-0. The game’s only goal was scored by Jaclyn Softli in the 16th minute and the Dawgs hung on from there despite multiple chances from both teams.
“As a staff we are extremely pleased with the progress of our team during this preseason phase,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “What our team has done between November and now has moved us in a positive direction as a team and netted good game results as well. We feel confident that this group has developed a trust in our staff and a willingness to put the effort forward combined with the right attitude to prepare themselves for the training we’ll do beginning August 6th when we report for our competitive fall season. We still have a lot of room for improvement in every facet of the game, but sure are encouraged by the direction we’re headed and the how the players are embracing what it takes to win.”
The Sounders started strong with a few first-half chances early in the match, but with the UW defense was there to make the stops. The Huskies then took control in the 16th minute on the Softli goal.
Havana McElvaine took the ball down to the left corner, beat a few players on the end-line and crossed a ball that was punched out by Sounders Goalkeeper Jamie Arturs. The deflected ball was put into the area of Amanda Perez who played the ball to Softli at the penalty spot. Softli took advantage of the out-of-place keeper and calmly placed the ball in the back of the net for the only goal of the match.
The rest of the half, both teams had multiple shots that came close to adding to the score but, nothing was successful. Softli, who has been invited to participate in the Sounders preseason camp after the completion of the UW spring season, almost added a second goal as well. Becca Schoales sent in an accurate cross just inside the top of the box, but Softli’s first touch was sent just over the goal post.
The second half was an even standoff between the two teams with more close calls on goal. In the 68th minute, Perez had a shot from eight-yards out but Arturs was quick to make the save. In the last 10 minutes, the Sounders almost evened up the score with a shot by Allie Winser, but the shot was just wide of the far post.
The Husky goalkeepers earned the shutout led by starter Megan Kufeld, who is signed on as a future goalkeeper for the Sounders, with substitutions in goal made by Sarah Shimer, Madi McNamara, and Tori Burns. The Dawgs finished off a strong spring season with the 1-0 win against the Sounders, which was their third shutout.
Going into the fall, the Dawgs will look to continue to build a better team on and off the field and with the addition of seven new players, the team’s focus is on their individual and collective preparation to be the best Husky team they can be. The Huskies’ first match for the 2014 Season is at home on August 22nd against Kentucky.