Western falls 3-2 in overtime to No.13 Seattle Pacific
Oct. 23, 2010
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Kellie Zakrzewski scored the game-winning goal in the 107th minute as Western Washington University fell 3-2 in overtime to nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer game Saturday at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
Western, which sent the game into overtime in the 89th minute, is 9-3-3 overall and fell into a tie for third in the GNAC standings at 6-3-2.
Megan Lindsay scored twice for Seattle Pacific, ranked No.13 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA II Top 25, now 12-1-2 overall and leading the GNAC at 9-1-1.
The Vikings trailed 2-1 late in regulation, but equalized with 83 seconds left as Molly Shannon (Sr., Bellingham) rose at the back post to head in a cross by Kristin Maris (Fr., Issaquah). Joana Houplin (Jr., Olympia) also assisted on the goal.
Western then dominated first half of overtime, having a 5-0 advantage in shots and forcing three saves by Seattle Pacific goalkeeper Maddie Dickinson.
But in the second half of overtime, the Falcons found the game winner. Defender Jamie Wurth hit a low blast from 30 yards out that Zakrzewski re-directed midway through the penalty box and into the net.
"Obviously, I'm proud of the way that we battled back," said Western coach Travis Connell. "We showed a lot of character to get the equalizer and then we dominated the overtime."
"To give up the goal against the run of play is pretty hard. Give SPU credit, they played well, too, and they earned all three goals."
Western took an early 1-0 lead on a header by Maris of a long ball by Emily Warman (Jr., Sedro-Woolley) in the 33rd minute.
Seattle Pacific got the lead back on two goals by Lindsay. She scored in the 35th minute after a ball was unsuccessfully cleared by the defense and in the 56th minute, tapping in the rebound of a shot by Zakrzewski.
It was the first loss for Western (3-1-2) in its last six regular-season meetings with Seattle Pacific. The Vikings won 1-0 at Seattle on Sept. 20, snapping the Falcons' 45-game (42-0-3) home unbeaten streak.
Western next travels to Montana State Billings on Thursday (3 p.m.) for a GNAC counter.
Western Washington vs. Seattle Pacific Date: 10/23/10 Attendance: 393 Goals by Period 1 2 OT Total Seattle Pacific 1 1 1 --- 3 Western Washington 1 1 0 --- 2 SCORING SUMMARY: WWU - Maris (Warman), 32:31 SPU - Lindsay (Unassisted), 34:51 SPU - Lindsay (Zakrzewski), 55:51 WWU - Shannon (Maris, Houplin), 88:37 SPU - Zakrzewski (Wurth), 106:51 Shots: Western Washington 22, Seattle Pacific 19 Corner kicks: Western Washington 6, Seattle Pacific 8 Fouls: Western Washington 6, Seattle Pacific 10 Saves: Western Washington 8 (Arthurs 8), Seattle Pacific 7 (Dickinson 7)
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