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SPARTANS SHUT-OUT BY DIV. I WASHINGTON HUSKIES

SPARTANS SHUT-OUT BY DIV. I WASHINGTON HUSKIES

WOMEN'S SOCCER (PRE-SEASON)
MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014
TWU SPARTANS (0) AT WASHINGTON HUSKIES (2)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPARTANS SHUT-OUT BY DIV. I WASHINGTON HUSKIES

SEATTLE – Senior forward Jaclyn Softli scored both goals as the NCAA Div. I Washington Huskies knocked off the visiting Trinity Western Spartans 2-0 Monday afternoon in a women's soccer exhibition game at the University of Washington in Seattle. 

"It was a good run for us, I'm a little disappointed in giving up the goals, but there are lots of positives and we showed that when we play well we can hang with very good teams," commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. "I was pleased with the character of our team, especially in the second half, after a long preseason, to not quit and fight and dig deep. And while they still outshot us in the second half the play was much more even."

Softli scored both goals in the first half as she gave the Dawgs the lead in the 14th minute on a strike from 25 yards out. The driven shot sailed into the top corner, beating Trinity Western goalkeeper, Christina Oliverio. Softli got her second in the 28th minute with a breakaway goal. Shannon Simon got free at midfield and played a perfect through ball to Softli who dribbled around the goalkeeper. 

At the half, the Dawgs led 2-0 and outshot the Spartans, 10-0. Keeper Megan Kufeld played 28 scoreless minutes before giving way to backup Madi McNamara. Oliverio finished the half with four saves for the Spartans. 

In the second half, the Spartans were able to generate a few chances late in the game, but Huskie keeper Tori Burns made a couple of nice saves to keep the clean sheet. She played the final 31 minutes to hang onto the shutout by three Husky goalkeepers. 

Spartan midfielder Jessica King led TWU with two shots. "Jessica got robbed by their keeper with a sprawling save otherwise it is 2-1 and who knows it could be a different game," commented Roxburgh on his fifth year midfielders shot in the 71st  minute against Washington's Burns. 

TWU's Oliverio played the full ninety minutes for the Spartans and made seven saves in the loss.

Today's match will not count in the standings for either squad.

The Spartans now head home to host the Western Washington University Vikings on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PST, while the Huskies head out on the road for to Pennsylvania to play La Salle on Friday night at 4 p.m., PST and Pittsburgh on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., PST.

Match Notes: TWU finished with three corner kicks, while Washington had two…the Huskies finished the evening outshooting 18-5 in total shots and 9-3 in shots on goal…the Spartans played the match without All-Canadian striker Krista Gommeringer… 

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