Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Washington

PORTLAND, Ore.
- For the third-straight season, the UW women's soccer team will advance the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Oklahoma in the First Round on Merlo Field in Portland, Ore., on Friday night.

The Huskies were dominate on both sides of the ball tonight firing 23 shots, 11 on goal with 18 of those shots coming in the first half. It was the third biggest goal margin of victory for the Huskies in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies won 5-0 in 2000 vs. Montana and in 2004 vs. Birmingham-Southern.

"I'm really pleased with how we came out in the first half," said head coach Lesle Gallimore. "We knew Oklahoma was going to be a fast team up front, a pressing team and if we could break their pressure that our players, particularly in the air, had a good chance of getting it to our backs. As far as finishing goes, that's the best I've seen our team in a half in a long time."

Junior Sarah Martinez (Des Moines, Wash.) scored the game-winning goal in the third minute, her first of what would be two on the night. She took a great pass across the field through the defenders from freshman Lindsay Elston (Sammamish, Wash.), firing the ball by the keeper, Kelsey Devonshire for her fourth goal of the season. It was the fifth assist for Elston, a team-high.

Martinez struck again in the 24th minute on a great pass from senior Hannah Greig (Woodinville, Wash.) on the right side. Martinez headed it into the right post for her second goal of the game and fifth of the year. For Greig, it was her first assist on the season.

"Those goals, I got the glory because it's on the paper, but the balls that were played to me were unreal," Martinez said. "The first one from Lindsay, she saw me wide open, there's not much more I can do. Hannah played an unreal ball that I finished with my head. What's most important is we got the win and are onto the second round on Sunday."

Freshman Allie Beahan (Sammamish, Wash.) put the Huskies up 3-0 at the half with a goal in the 43rd minute, just two minutes after she checked in the game. It was her second career goal. She went one-on-one with the keeper and put it to the left post on an assist by senior McKenna Waitley (Coronado, Calif.). It was the fourth assist on the year for Waitley.

Another freshman got on the stat sheet in the 82nd as Annie Sittauer (Everett, Wash.) netted the fourth goal of the game and her third of the season on an assist from senior Kendyl Pele (Kennewick, Wash). Sittauer took the shot about 20 yards out on the right side and it went in just under the post over the keepers head. It was the second assist for Pele on the year.

Waitley led the team with five shots. Freshman Hillary Zevenbergen (Woodway, Wash.) came off of the bench and took a career-high four shots, two that nearly went in. All 22 players on the travel roster played in the game.

Junior goalkeeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (Lakewood, Wash.) picked up the shutout, her fifth of the season, while making five saves in the game.

Oklahoma ends the season with a 12-8-3 record while UW improves to 12-8-1.

The Huskies took nine corner kicks while the Sooners didn't take any.

A great Husky crowd was in attendance including Husky great Hope Solo who drove the three hours to be here tonight!

The Huskies will play on Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. the winner of game two tonight that begins at 7 p.m. vs. No. 2 Portland and UTSA.