Washington Knocks Off Ole Miss In NCAA First Round
Nov. 13, 2009
Courtesy of Washington Athletics
PORTLAND - Sophomore Kate Deines scored the only goal of the match and the Washington defense held Ole Miss to just five shots, leading the Huskies to a 1-0 victory over the Rebels in the NCAA First Round Friday at Merlo Field.
Deines fired a laser from the top of the 18-yard box into the upper right corner for her third goal of the season and the UW defense clamped down on Ole Miss the rest of the way. UW improved to 12-5-4 on the season while Ole Miss ends its season at 13-6-2.
"I'm extremely pleased with the result and how our team battled," Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. "It would have been nice to get a two-goal lead and make it a little less frantic at the end and we had enough chances to do that but defensively, we didn't let them have a lot of clear shots at the goal. Our midfield and our backs worked really hard to shut them down and didn't give them a lot of clean chances. I'm really pleased for our players."
After the Rebels controlled the ball for the first 10 minutes of the first half, the Huskies slowly seized control, with Deines taking UW's first two shots of the match, but both shots sailed wide.
But the All-Pac-10 midfielder finally made good on her third shot in the 26th minute. Senior Veronica Perez sent a cross from the right wing over to the left wing where McKenna Waitley played it back to Deines at the top of the 18-yard box. Deines settled the ball, then made a move around an Ole Miss defender to free up a shot, which she fired into the upper right corner of the net to give UW the 1-0 lead.
"I had two similar opportunities before that and I didn't get a good first touch on the ball," Deines said. "When the third opportunity came around I made sure to get a good first touch and actually made a good connection on the ball. We were pretty dynamic on offense. We got a lot of really nice opportunities in the second half to be up 2-0 or 3-0 but we just couldn't put the ball away. Hopefully Sunday we can finish those easy opportunities."
It was a much different start for the Huskies than their first tournament game last season when they fell behind LSU, 2-0, before scoring three unanswered goals for the 3-2 overtime victory. With a year of postseason play under their belts, the Huskies looked poised on Friday in controlling much of the run of play in the game.
UW nearly went up 2-0 early in the second half when sophomore Alex Webber got behind the Ole Miss defense for a breakaway, but the Rebels' keeper Alley Ronaldi smothered the shot to deny UW the 2-0 lead.
Just 10 minutes later the Huskies had another great chance when Perez sent a pass down the left sideline to Waitley, who sent a cross just in front of the goal to a streaking Kelsea Brajkovich but the ball was just out of the reach of the freshman's foot.
A minute later, Brajkovich sent a bending shot far post from the right wing, but Ronaldi made another good play to make the save. Ronaldi made four saves in the match to keep the Rebels within striking distance.
But in the end UW's defense and midfield was too much, allowing Ole Miss just five shots for the game and just one in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Kari Davidson did not have to make a save in the match. The Huskies had 11 shots in the match, led by three from Deines and two each from Webber, Waitley and Jane Mitchell.
"I think it was an effort by our entire team," said Husky defender Kendyl Pele. "The pressure our forwards put on and our midfielders put on made it easier on us. Before the game we decided we were not giving them any easy goals or any easy shots so we just wanted to work hard for the full 90 minutes."
The Huskies will not await the winner of tonight's game between Denver and No. 2 Portland. The Huskies and Pilots played at Husky Soccer Field earlier this season, with Portland coming away with a 2-0 victory. The teams played at Merlo Field last season with UW pushing the Pilots to overtime before Portland escaped with a 1-0 victory.