Sept. 30, 2011
SEATTLE - The No. 15 California women's soccer team recorded a 1-1 draw with Washington in double overtime in front of 1,007 fans at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle Friday evening. The Bears moved to 8-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the Pac-12, while the Huskies moved to 4-4-3 overall and 0-1-1 in the conference.
"Tonight was a great game between two very good teams," said Cal head coach Neil McGuire. "Credit Washington and Coach Gallimore for the way they played. They are very talented and extremely difficult to breakdown."
Cal and Washington played a scoreless first half with the teams combining for three shots on-goal, including one by Betsy Hasset of the Bears that was stopped by Husky goal keeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann.
Action picked up in the second period with the Huskies striking first. Washington `s Kelli Stewart fed Jaclyn Softli, who found the back of the net from 10 yards out in the 47th minute.
Hasset nearly tied it up for the Bears in the 67th minute with her shot ricocheting off the post. Cal continued to control possession in Husky territory in search of the tying score.
Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick rocketed a shot that bounced off the cross bar and Rachel Mercik corralled the rebound, punching it in for the equalizer at the 72:53 mark to force overtime. It was the second goal of the season for the sophomore.
The Bears and Huskies played two scoreless overtime periods, combining for three shots in the extra session before settling for the draw.
Cal's Emily Kruger recorded five saves, while LaFontaine-Kussmann of Washington registered three stops. The Bears out-shot the Huskies 15-10 overall in the contest.
"We played well and look forward to our next challenge on Sunday at Washington State," McGuire said.
Friday's contest was the first without leading scorer Katie Benz, who suffered a season-ending leg injury in the Golden Bears' previous match at Santa Clara last Sunday.
Friday marked the second overtime match of the season for Cal, who defeated San Diego State, 2-1 on Aug. 21 in Berkeley.
California returns to action on Sunday as the Bears travel to Pullman, Wash. to face Washington State at noon.