Huskies fall to Auburn in first round of NCAA women's soccer tournament
Lindsay Elston scored, but it wasn't enough for Washington to overcome a two-goal deficit in its 2-1 loss.
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Two early Auburn goals resulted in an early exit for Washington from the NCAA women's soccer tournament.
Down a goal just two minutes into the match and trailing 2-0 after 15 minutes, Washington received a blast of hope in the 37th minute when Lindsay Elston rocketed a goal in from 30 yards out.
UW's late inspired performance, though, was not enough, and the Huskies fell 2-1 in a first-round NCAA match Friday night in front of 719 at Husky Soccer Field.
Auburn (13-10-1) advanced to face the winner of a Utah State-BYU match Saturday. BYU is one of four No. 1 regional seeds. Washington, after a 7-0 start to the season, finished 10-8-3.
So close, said UW coach Lesle Gallimore, whose young team (with just three seniors) outshot the Tigers 15-9 and had eight corner kicks in the second half. Just not close enough.
"They're a physical team, a fast team," Gallimore said of Auburn.
"With that said, it was really disappointing that we gave up early goals like we did, and I would consider them both to be soft goals. It was not the position we wanted to put ourselves in."
Auburn scored in the second minute when UW goalkeeper Kari Davidson could not collect a loose ball in front of the goal and Tori Ball, after a pair of swipes, finally punched it in. Mary Nicholson headed in a corner kick by Ball in the 14th minute for the Tigers' second goal.
UW mounted minimal offense until Elston, a junior from Eastlake, drilled a blast from the right wing that flew past goalkeeper Amy Howard into the upper-right corner of the frame. It was Elston's 11th goal of the season; no other Husky had more than three.
"Lindsay gave us more than a lifeline with the goal she scored," said Gallimore, who was aiming for her 200th UW career win in 19 seasons. "It was just a ridiculous goal. She's been doing it all year. Our energy from the time we scored was ridiculous. But we could have been more dangerous."
Despite holding leads of 1-0 and 2-1, Washington State exited the tournament in the first round after losing to Portland in a penalty-kick shootout after a 2-2 tie through two extra time periods.
The Cougars had an advantage in the shootout as well, but Rachael Doyle couldn't convert her potential game-winning kick and Portland went on to win, 6-5, in the shootout.
Brandi Vega and Nicole Setterlund scored for Washington State, which finished the season 12-7-1.
Other Women's Soccer
• Stephanie Hamilton scored with less than two minutes remaining in overtime, lifting No. 5 seed Western Washington to a 2-1 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in the opening round of the West Regional of the NCAA Division II tournament in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Vikings advanced to the regional semifinals on Sunday.
A goal in the 106th minute from junior Michael Uyehara gave the No. 24 Huskies (12-4-3, 7-1-2 Pac-12) a 1-0 win in double overtime at Oregon State.