College Soccer

Late save, overtime strike lift Redhawks over Ducks

Brianna Smallidge saves an Oregon penalty kick try with just 19 seconds left in the match. (Dale Garvey)

Brianna Smallidge saves an Oregon penalty kick try with just 19 seconds left in the match. (Dale Garvey)

(GoSeattleU.com) After Brianna Smallidge (Port Orchard, Wash.) made a masterful save on a penalty kick with just 19 seconds remaining in regulation, Karli White (North Bend, Wash.) scored the golden goal for the 1-0 Seattle U win over Oregon (0-2-0) in double overtime.

Photo Gallery: by Dale Garvey at Facebook.com/goalWA

“Before the game, we talked about getting better every game and things we need to improve on,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “Two of our biggest things we needed to get better at were defensive pressure, which I thought our backline was unbelievable today, and speed of play.

When you add a bunch of new players to your team, I think that’s something you get better at each time. At the end of the day, I was proud of their resiliency and work ethic. After a tough loss on Friday, they were able to bounce back.”

Just over five minutes before half, Summer Mason (Carlsbad, Calif.) had the Redhawks’ (1-1-0) best early opportunity as the Oregon keeper came out of the box, but the shot ultimately sailed wide.

In the 58th minute, Mason appeared to have her best look of the game, but the Redhawks were called offsides as the Oregon goalie collected the ball.

With 19 seconds remaining before the end of regulation, the Ducks earned a penalty kick but Smallidge punched the ball out of the net to preserve the draw and send the game into overtime.

SU outshooting UO in the first overtime, the game ultimately would be decided in the final 10 minutes of play as Julia Moravec (Spokane, Wash.) played the ball to White who sank a slow roller into the net for her first career goal, the game-winner in the 103rd minute.

In goal, Smallidge made six saves for Seattle U while for the Ducks, Halla Hinriksdottir also made six saves.

Mason led SU with six shots, two on goal, while Oregon’s Kyra Fawcett took a team-high five shots, one on frame. The Ducks outshot the Redhawks, 19-14, in the contest but the Redhawks led in shots on goal, 7-6.

Seattle U is set to face their third straight Pac-12 opponent to open the season, heading across Seattle to play the Washington Huskies on Friday, Aug. 28 at 4:30 pm, a match which will be broadcast on the Pac-12 network. The Redhawks return home to host Vanderbilt on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 12 noon before seven straight games away from home.

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