Men's Soccer Draws 0-0, Women Win 3-1 in Doubleheader
Oct. 2, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team jumped out early and held on late for a 3-1 win over Gonzaga while the Husky men's team settled for a 0-0 double-overtime draw in their Pac-10 opener with San Diego State Friday night in a doubleheader at Husky Soccer Field.
The women received a pair of goals from junior McKenna Waitley - her first two of the season - and sophomore Kelli Stewart added her team-high tying fourth goal of the season as the Huskies improved to 7-2-1 heading into their final non-conference match on Sunday.
Stewart got the Huskies on the board early with her fourth goal of the season in the 17th minute, taking a through ball from senior Veronica Perez and sending it into the lower left corner of the goal to give UW the 1-0 lead.
Just before halftime, Waitley punched in her first goal of the season from nearly the same spot as Stewart. Alex Kirk sent in a long ball from the left side which was deflected from Stewart perfectly to Waitley who gave UW the two-goal cushion in the 41st minute.
But the Bulldogs (6-5-0) fought back in the 64th minute, making it a one-goal match on Sheridan Jones' first goal of the season.
With Gonzaga threatening to get the equalizer, sophomore goalkeeper Kari Davidson made a couple key saves including a diving stop to her right to save a goal. Freshman Louise Albin also made a big play on defense for UW, saving a goal for the Huskies when a Gonzaga shot got past Davidson, but Albin was there to boot it out before it crossed the line.
In the 85th minute, UW was able to get the cushion they needed when Alex Webber sent a cross far post to Waitley, who was waiting just a few feet outside the goal to tap it in for the first two-goal game of her career.
Davidson finished with three saves in the match and the Huskies out-shot Gonzaga 17-7, with Waitley and sophomore Kate Deines leading the charge with four each.
The men, meanwhile, battled the Aztecs to a tie for the sixth time in their last nine match-ups, which includes four 0-0 draws.
The evenly-matched teams both had some chances throughout the game, but both defenses played tight and each goalkeeper made some clutch saves, with UW senior Rylan Hawkins making five saves for his third shutout of the season.
Husky sophomore Brent Richards led the Dawgs with seven shots as UW out-shot the Aztecs, 19-12, but San Diego State's defense allowed just four shots on goal.
"I thought we played quite well, that's a rugged team," Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. "Our front line is a little young and San Diego State has an experienced back line. We created the better chances on the night but we just didn't get that little break or have that savvy up front. (SDSU) has a senior dominant player back there and they're rugged defensively but I was proud of the way we played. Pressing high up the field and trying to force the issue, that's our game. All the games are going to be like this in Pac-10. I was proud of how we fought."
The teams will play a doubleheader again on Sunday, with the women hosting Montana at 11:30 a.m. and the men following with a battle against No. 4 UCLA at 2 p.m.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Scoring - 1, UW, Kelli Stewart (Veronica Perez), 16:46. 2, UW, McKenna Waitley (Alex Kirk, Kelli Stewart), 40:30. 3, GU, Sheridan Jones (Emily Hutchins), 63:51. 4, UW, McKenna Waitley (Alex Webber), 84:23.
Shots - UW 17, GU 7
NCAA Men's Soccer
Scoring - None