College Soccer

Redhawks top Cougs in NCAA thriller, Huskies advance

Seattle U players rush the field after the Redhawks scored in overtime to eliminate the WSU Cougars and advance in the NCAA's. (Facebook capture)

Seattle U players rush the field after the Redhawks scored in overtime to eliminate the WSU Cougars and advance in the NCAA’s. (Facebook capture)

PULMAN, WA – Seattle University women’s soccer (15-4-2) played Washington State (10-5-4) through regulation and into a second of two overtimes before Natasha Howe (Mission Viejo, Calif.) drove in the game winner to advance the Redhawks, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

“I am so extremely proud of my team right now,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “Washington State is such a traditionally strong team and we belonged on that field today. I think it would be hard for me to pick out one person to highlight. It was a day in which the entire team was special and rose to the occasion. It does not surprise me one bit; that’s just the type of people and athletes they are.”

In the 108th minute, Howe dribbled past a pair of defenders and beat the goalkeeper in the far post for the unassisted game-winner.

Huskies edge Ryder

SEATTLE, WA – UW women’s soccer beat Rider 1-0 behind McKenzie Karas’ 16th-minute goal, her first of the season, as the Huskies won their first-round game in the NCAA Tournament Friday night at Husky Soccer Field.

“I thought our team played well tonight,” UW head coach Lesle Gallimore said. “We didn’t give them that many opportunities. Megan Kufeld played great in goal, our back line played great and we got the shutout.”

The win gives the Huskies 13 wins in 2014, their most since 2008. The victory was also their first in the NCAA Tournament since 2010 when the Huskies advanced to the Elite Eight.

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