The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
Women from Washington’s universities were in action on Sunday August 26th. The UW Huskies improved to 3-0-0 with a come-from-behind win in Syracuse. Gonzaga completed a weekend Idaho sweep by topping Boise State. Seattle University shut out Eastern Washington.
(Photos) SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Huskies trailed at the half, 1-0. The Huskies were outshot 11-5. But head coach Lesle Gallimore didn’t let that get her team down as the UW women’s soccer team rallied for two goals in the second half to defeat Syracuse 2-1 in N.Y. on Sunday afternoon.
UW improves to 3-0 on the season, making this the best start by a Husky team since the 2008 team went 7-0 to start the season. This is also the first time under Gallimore and first since 1991 that the first three Husky games of the season were on the road at an opponent’s field, not at home or at a neutral site.
“It was a great team victory for our squad today,” said Gallimore. “We are maturing with each match. The temperature was close to 90 and we had to rely heavily on our bench and they came through.”
Freshman Isabel Farrell (Bellevue, Wash.) had two assists entering the game and scored the game-winning goal in her third collegiate game in the 77th minute against the Orange. Junior Lindsay Elston (Sammamish, Wash.) had her second assist of the day. The shot came from the left side of the box.
“Izzy played well all weekend,” Gallimore added. “Her fitness level allows her to work hard on both sides of the ball for long periods. The composure she showed on the game-winning goal was something you typically see from someone with more than just two college games under her belt.”
The tying goal for the Huskies was made by junior Stine Schoening (Woodinville, Wash.) in the 66th minute, also inside the box. She was assisted by Elston off of a corner and sophomore Jaclyn Softli (Sammamish, Wash.).
“I couldn’t be more pleased to see Stine score,” Gallimore continued. “She is a tough character and she was determined to get a goal.”
In the 27th minute, Alexis Koval, assisted by Hanna Strong, scored the game’s first goal. It was her third goal of the season for Syracuse and the first goal allowed by the Husky defense and goalkeepers this season.
(Match photos) SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University women’s soccer freshman Heather Johnson scored her first collegiate goal when it mattered most, knocking in the game-winner six minutes into the second half to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 victory over visiting Boise State University Sunday at the Gonzaga Soccer Field.
The one-goal victory pushed the Zags overall record on the new season to 3-1, while the Broncos fell to 2-2 on the year.
“Every game is a battle and there are no easy games on our schedule and we saw that again here today,” explained fourth-year head coach Amy Edwards after the victory. “Being 3-1 overall is where we wanted to be and I am really excited about what this team can continue to do.”
Gonzaga got on the scoreboard first, breaking the scoreless tie with a little over five minutes to play before halftime. Senior Morgan Manchester, known for her long throw-ins, had a perfect throw to freshman Sila Tuiofea’s feet on top of the box. Tuiofea tried to get open for the shot, but couldn’t, so passed it back to classmate Jessica Bennett. Bennett took a dribble to her right and cracked a 20-yard shot that found its way to the back post. The goal at 39:54 was Bennett’s first of her collegiate career. Read the rest of the story at GoZags.com.
Seattle University Redhawks 3:0 Eastern Washington Eagles
Seattle—Seattle University women’s soccer (2-2-0) and Eastern Washington (0-2-0) remained scoreless at the half, but an offensive explosion led by Taylor Ritzman’s (Holladay, Utah) hat trick, lifted the Redhawks to a 3-0 victory over the Eagles. This was the second hat trick of the season for Seattle U, as Melissa Busque (St. Bruno, Quebec, Canada) recorded one versus St. Mary’s on Aug. 19. (Match photos are in the second half of this gallery)
“I was pleased with how we played in the first half, although I think it’s a little frustrating when you start the second half without any goals,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “But I liked the opportunities we created, and I thought we defended pretty well. I think the only thing we weren’t doing [in the first half] was the fun parts, so it was exciting to see that we finished that in the second half. It was so fun to see Taylor Ritzman get a hat trick. I thought she was very composed and had a great game.”
Seattle U outshot Eastern Washington 10-3 in the first half, but the score remained 0-0 going into halftime. Read the rest at GoSeattleU.com.