The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The busy weekend of college soccer continued on Sunday September 9 as the Washington Husky Women hosted and knocked off Notre Dame 3:0 at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle. The Dawgs are now 7-0-0 on the season. In Hillsboro, Oregon, the Eastern Washington Eagles scored their first-ever win over the Boise State Bronocs in eleven years of playing with a 3:1 win. In Spokane the Gonzaga Bulldog Women lost another one-goal heartbreaker, this one in overtime to visiting Seattle University. In Bellingham the Western Washington Viking Men shut out Dixie State 1:0.
See scores and some recaps below.
SEATTLE - In one of the biggest home games in school history, the No. 22 Washington women’s soccer team blanked one of the best programs in the nation, the 2010 National Champion, Notre Dame, 3-0, Sunday afternoon.
Washington improves to 7-0 on the year, tying its best start since 2008. It is the second best start in school history in which head coach Lesle Gallimore’s team went 8-0 that year. Notre Dame falls to 3-3-1 in 2012.
Lindsay Elston (Sammamish, Wash.) scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season, the game-winner in the 29th minute. Elston dribbled several yards down the right side of the field, cut in and beat the keeper one-on-one to send the ball to the upper left corner.
UW went up 2-0 at the half with its second goal by sophomore Jaclyn Softli, another Sammamish, Wash., native, in the 38th minute. She took one shot that bounced off the keeper, won the ball back and took a second shot which went in the back of the net. It was the second goal on the weekend for Softli.
“This game meant everything to us,” said Softli. “We were looking forward to this game since we found out they were on our schedule. They are a great team so it was really important for us to get the win.”
The third and final UW goal came from freshman Falon Miller, her first career goal, in the 89th minute. She took a long pass from the right corner by fellow freshman Isabel Farrell for the goal.
“I think there are turning points in a game and to be up 2-0 at the half took so much pressure off of our team,” said Gallimore. “To be able to get a good start on a Sunday and get ahead in a game helps you with the fatigue from Friday’s game and the travel.”
Notre Dame took 17 shots on goal while UW had 16. Lauren Bohaboy had eight shots for the Fighting Irish. Elston led the Huskies with six.
Washington senior goalkeeper Kari Davidson (Portland, Ore.) earned her third-straight shutout, making four saves in the game. Notre Dame used two keepers. Elyse Hight took the loss in the start and Sarah Voigt played the final 45 minutes.
Washington will hit the road for the next five games, finishing non-conference play at Utah State and BYU next week.
“There are things in our season that are starting to show as a result of our team staying mentally prepared so I’m hopeful these seven games can give us the fortitude to fight through the tough stretch that is coming up.”
SPOKANE, Wa. (Sept. 9, 2012) - In their first overtime contest of the season, Seattle University women’s soccer (4-2-0) came out on top, topping Gonzaga, 1-0, on a goal by Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) in the sixth minute of overtime to win the game. This was Verdoia’s second goal of the season and her second straight goal for the Redhawks, as she scored the game winning goal in their last contest versus Eastern Washington on Sept. 2.
“It took us a while to adjust to their style of play,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “They execute a good game plan, however, I was really pleased with our energy and work ethic at the end of the second half and overtime. [Brianna Smallidge] made an unbelievable save to keep us alive and Steph[anie Verdoia] got on the end of [Taylor] Ritzman’s cross for a great goal to finish the game.”
As both teams played great defense, and with very little offensive output on either side, Gonzaga (5-3-0) outshot Seattle U only 4-1 in the first half, as the score remained 0-0 at the halftime buzzer.
Each team picked up their offense in the second half, as the Redhawks took six additional shots to Gonzaga’s 10 in the second period, but it was still not enough to score for either side, and the contest remained 0-0 at the end of regulation.
As Verdoia was the only player to take a shot in overtime, she took one shot in the 95th minute that was saved by Gonzaga goalkeeper Susan Brown. However, in the 97th minute, with an assist by Taylor Ritzman (Holladay, Utah), her second shot of the overtime period was too much for Brown and it sailed into the net to take the victory for the Redhawks.
Overall, the Bulldogs outshot the Redhawks 14-9 through two periods of regulation and six minutes of overtime.
Brianna Smallidge started in goal for the Redhawks, playing the entire match, as did Brown for the Bulldogs. This was Smallidge’s second career and second straight complete game shutout.
This was the first of four straight road games for Seattle U, as they will play Pac-12 powerhouses Oregon (Sept. 14) and Oregon State (Sept. 16) next weekend, and will round out the road stretch at Portland on Sept. 21. They return home for their final non-conference match, hosting Utah Valley at 12 p.m. on Sept. 23.
To catch all the action this season, visit http://www.GoSeattleU.com or call the Redhawk ticket office at (206) 398-GOSU (4678) to purchase season tickets. Men’s and women’s soccer season tickets are $75 apiece for reserved seats and $50 for general admission. Single game tickets are available at the gate 60 minutes prior to kickoff before each match.
Hillsboro, Ore. (Sept. 9, 2012) - The Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team was not fazed by the fact it was missing an experienced center midfielder, or that it had not won a match against Boise State in the 11 years the two teams have competed against one another.
Instead, the red and white came out on the field on fire, handing the Broncos a 3-1 loss on Sunday (Sept. 9) at the Viking Classic at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore. Eastern’s goals came from sophomore Cassie Black and junior Siara Byers.
The Eagles put pressure on Boise State early, with two shots within the first three minutes of play. Senior Kasey McNeill sent one wide at the 19-second mark, then two minutes later, Black ricocheted one off the post.
In the 20th minute of play, Black made good on a scoring opportunity when she put Eastern on the board with her first goal of the season, and the seventh of her career.
The Eagles did not let up on the Broncos, even with the lead in hand. Fourteen minutes later, senior midfielder Brittney Conway connected with Byers with a pass into the box. Byers collected the ball and found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
In the second half, the Broncos were awarded a penalty kick after a foul was called on Eastern in the box. The kick was taken by Shannon Schueren, but saved by senior goalkeeper Jamie Walker. However, the ball was rebounded out and Schueren was able to control it, sending it back into the goal to bring the score to 2-1.
Despite the slight breakdown, Walker gave a strong showing throughout 90 minutes in goal, recording six saves for the Eags.
“Jamie started the game and did a great job,” said head coach George Hageage. “She looked really solid and played like we knew she could.”
With only three seconds left on the clock, Black once again stepped up for her team. The Battle Ground, Wash., native got hold of a loose ball in the box and sent it home for a final score of 3-1.
“Cassie played really well and held together the entire game,” said Hageage. “She worked hard and deserved both of the goals she scored.”
According to Hageage, the plan of attack for this match was to shift players around on offense to find better scoring options, and the effort was a success.
“What we saw in this game is the same level of play we have been generating, but we were able to finish this time,” said Hageage.
Substantial contributions were also seen in the midfield from Conway, Torri Sitzman, and Katy Allen.
“Our midfield is doing well,” said Hageage. “With the recent loss of Lauren Jacobsen to a knee injuring and Marianne Johnson who tore her ACL in the spring, we were left with no center midfielders. A lot of credit goes to the players who have stepped up in the middle because none of them had experience as an attacking-mid prior to this.”
While most attention was drawn to goals being scored up top, Eastern’s strong defensive line did its part to keep Boise State out of Eagle territory. The Broncos were called offsides on six occasions, thanks to the diligence of the Eagle defense.
“Boise State was pressing to get the equalizer and trying to run hard at us,” said Hageage. “They played a lot of through balls and found themselves offsides numerous times.”
The Broncos were also awarded six corner kicks, but were unable to find a shooting opportunity on any of them.
“I’m really proud of our team. They have hung together and played well,” said Hageage. “We are not doing anything different than what we have done all season, but we are finishing, and that makes all the difference.”
After five straight games on the road, the Eagles return home to face Idaho on Friday (Sept. 14) at EWU Sports and Recreation Center Soccer Field in Cheney, Wash. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (Sept. 9, 2012)- Forward Andrew Weishaar (Jr., Puyallup) scored in the 30th minute, lifting Western Washington University to a 1-0 victory over Dixe State on Sunday afternoon in a West Region men’s soccer contest at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
The triumph was the second straight for the Vikings, who improved to 2-2-0. Dixie State fell to 1-3-0.
The Vikings had an 11-1 advantage in shots in the first half hour and made it pay off when defender Conner Pichette (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) played a ball that split the Dixie State backline, freeing Weishaar, who took two quick touches and finished to the far post from 12 yards out.
It was the first goal of the season for Weishaar, who had seven shot attempts Sunday.
WWU finished with a 22-10 advantage in shots, but Dixie State had a number of good chances to equalize in the second half. The best chance for the Red Storm came in the 57th minute, when Tyler Albretsen was alone eight yards out, but shot wide. Shortly after that, WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (So., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) was forced to make a diving stop on a shot by Joshua Cook.
The Vikings’ best opportunity for an insurance goal came in the 70th minute, when a shot from 15 yards by Sujinda Dangvan (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View) forced a diving save by Dixie State goalkeeper Tyler Walters. Who had nine saves.
“I’m ecstatic with the way we’ve played this weekend,” said WWU coach Travis Connell, whose team claimed a 1-0 victory over Hawaii Pacific on Friday. “We’ve built this team to play defense, to outwork the other team, and to be successful on counter attacks. The last two games, we’ve done that.”
WWU begins Great Northwest Athletic Conference action Thursday (12:30 p.m.), playing host to Northwest Nazarene.
Western Washington vs. Dixie State
Date: 09/09/12 Attendance: 101
WWU – Weishaar (Pichette), 29:49
Shots: Western Washington 22, Dixie State 10 Corner kicks: Western Washington 5, Dixie State 4 Fouls: Western Washington 15, Dixie State 20 Saves: Western Washington 2 (Rogers 2), Dixie State 9 (Walters 9)