Robison's Golden Goal Gives Huskies 2-1 Victory
Sept. 28, 2008
SEATTLE - Senior Jenna Robison bent in a free kick from 30 yards out nine minutes into overtime, giving the No. 21 Washington's women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Hawai'i Friday at Husky Soccer Field.
With the win, the Huskies continued their incredible start, improving to 9-1. They are just the third Husky team in program history to start 9-1, matching the 2000 squad which won the Pac-10 title and the 2004 team which reached the NCAA Elite Eight.
After the teams tied through 90 minutes of regulation, the Huskies and Rainbow Wahine looked headed to a second extra period. With just over a minute left in the overtime, Hawai'i committed a foul, giving UW the re-start.
Standing on the far right side of the field and 30 yards away from the goal, Robison ran up and sent a high, arching ball that went over the head of Hawai'i goalkeeper Kori Lu and hooked into far side of the net, sending the crowd of 1,660 into a frenzy. The goal was the first of the season for Robison (Livermore, Calif.).
The Husky senior started the match but did not enter the game in the second half until just two minutes remained in regulation. Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore kept her fresh legs in the overtime period which turned out to be the right decision.
"Goals are the hardest thing to come by in soccer and this game is really meant to be played once a week so figuring out from Friday to Sunday who's going to have the legs and who's going to be able to put one away is the challenge," Gallimore said. "We created plenty of chances but finishing becomes a problem when you're tired. Jenna is one of our most skillful players. She comes off the bench late to hit a free kick we know she is capable of and it seals the deal for us. It was a good mental challenge for us and a good physical challenge."
Less than two minutes into the game it looked as if the Huskies might run away with it. Sophomore Kellye Joswick (Placentia, Calif.) found the back of the net at the 1:37 mark, heading a pass from sophomore McKenna Waitley (El Cajon, Calif.) into the lower left corner of the net. Joswick, who has three goals this season, has shown a knack for scoring early in games. She set a school record Sept. 5 against Colgate when she netted a goal just 37 seconds into a game at Husky Soccer Field.
The Rainbow Wahine got the equalizer in the 24th minute, however, when Mari Punzal sent a through ball past the Husky defense and Ambree Ako flicked a shot past UW goalkeeper Alex Phillips (Park City, Utah).
Phillips came up big for the Huskies late in the second half, coming off her line to stop a potential break-away for Hawai'i and keep the game tied. She finished with three saves and improved to 8-1 on the season.
The Huskies now head into a difficult stretch of games, starting with their final non-conference battle next Friday, Oct. 4, at No. 4 Portland. UW's next four opponents are all in the top five nationally and their next five are against schools in the top 25.
"We have done a very good job of taking it one game at a time," Gallimore said. "That's all there is. You don't play five games at once and you don't play five teams at once. You play one team on one day. You put everything in the past you've done behind you and don't look past the next team you play. I don't think there's an issue with getting up for Friday's game. We certainly have respect for our opponent and their abilities but we also have to have confidence in our own abilities and what we've done up to this point. We're 9-1 and that doesn't happen by accident. That's a lot of hard work, a lot of execution on our players' part and people coming off the bench and helping us."
The Huskies return home Friday, Oct. 17 to face No. 3 Stanford followed by a match Sunday, Oct. 19 against No. 22 California.
NCAA Women's Soccer
Scoring - 1, UW, Kellye Joswick (McKenna Waitley), 1:37. 2, UH, Ambree Ako (Mari Punzal), 23:32. 3, UW, Jenna Robison, 98:36.