Beavers Tie Huskies 1-1 After Double Overtime

Photo By: Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics   09-27-2013

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Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team battled against Washington for 110 minutes, walking away with a 1-1 tie in their first Pac-12 match of the season.

The Beavers jumped out to an early lead, finding the back of the net in the 36th minute. Sophomore defender Laura Rayfield stepped up to take a free kick 40 yards out. She drove the ball low, on frame, and it skipped through the box straight to the far post. Rayfield’s first career goal gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies would later find the equalizer in the 72nd minute as Washington’s Kate Bennett took a crack from 30 yards out, finding the back of the net, and tying the game at 1-1.

Neither team could find the winning goal during regulation play, sending the game into two 10-minute overtimes. After 110 minutes of play, and a couple goal-scoring opportunities from both sides, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Head Coach Linus Rhode on the result…

“I am happy with a tie. This team battled for 110 minutes, we are happy to walk away with that result. Overall, I thought it was a very good performance all around.”

On the defensive performance tonight…

“I thought our defense played well tonight. They continued to pressure us and we were able to work through it. Overall, I thought we played well on both sides of the ball.”

Rayfield on her first career goal…

“I was really excited to get my first goal tonight. I was probably 40 out. I knew the ground was slick so I was aiming to hit it between the penalty spot and the six, hoping it would take a good bounce. And it did.”

On the team’s performance…

“I think tonight was a big step forward for us. We played very well. Tying is bittersweet but it is a major improvement from the beginning of the season. We are happy with how we played tonight and are looking to build off tonight.”