Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State Women’s Soccer Team ended Sunday’s match against Wisconsin with a 1-1 draw in double overtime.
The Beavs jumped out to an early lead with a goal from senior forward Chelsea Buckland, her second of the season. In the fifth minute, senior midfielder Erin Uchacz slipped a perfectly weighted ball through Wisconsin’s back line to a darting Buckland who took a touch and chipped the keeper, giving OSU a 1-0 lead.
Wisconsin later retaliated with two shots on target throughout the half, but OSU’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme denied both attempts and came away with two saves. The Beavers went into half time with a 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes into the second half the Badgers scored the equalizer, tying the game at one a piece. Wisconsin’s Kodee Williams found teammate Cara Walls inside the 18, who placed the ball in the back of the net, far post. Neither team found the net again in the second half and regulation play ended in a 1-1 tie.
In the first 10-minute overtime, William’s was issued a red card for foul language and Wisconsin was forced to enter the second overtime with only ten players on the field. The Beavers had a goal scoring opportunity six minutes in when Jenna Richardson headed the ball on frame, but Wisconsin’s Genevieve Richard made a great save.
The final whistle blew after 110 minutes of play, leaving the score at 1-1.
Erin Uchacz on her assist…
“They [Wisconsin] made a bad pass and it came right to me. I was able to find Chelsea who was making a great run and she finished it.”
On the team’s performance
“Overall I thought we played okay. During the second half we really started to attack and show some intensity and tenacity towards goal, which we didn’t have in the first half of the game. So that was good.”
Head Coach Linus Rhode on his team’s performance today…
“We started off slow. We had a good finish in the first half, but we started off slow overall as a group. In the second half and in overtime we played much, much better because we played to our strengths and played in a manner that wasn’t falling into what they were trying to trap us in defensively. I thought the girls showed a lot of character to fight through that. That’s a very good Wisconsin team and they are well organized. I felt like after we made the tactical adjustments we started taking over the game. So yes, we are disappointed with a tie, but I think we can walk away from this and feel good about how we played in the second half and in overtime.
On the offensive performance today…
“We committed to go forward and we committed to get into dangerous areas of the field. So that, for me, is a big positive. We had a chance to win it when Jenna Richardson had a good header, but we have to give it to their keeper, she made a good save. Performance-wise, if we keep doing that, the results will come.”
The Beavers host their Nike Invitational at home next weekend, taking on UC Irvine Friday and Hawai’i Sunday.