Uchacz leads Beavers Past Cougars 1-0

Photo By: Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics   10-18-2013

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Pullman, Wash. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team earns a big 1-0 win against Washington State, Friday, with a goal from senior midfielder Erin Uchacz in the 17th minute.

The Beavers were looking to carry the momentum from last weekend’s win against Arizona State, and they did just that, notching their second consecutive win.

Oregon State jumped out to an early lead when sophomore defender Laura Rayfield sent a ball to freshman forward Helene Haavik, who played a crafty ball to sophomore midfielder Natalie Meiggs at the top of the box. Meiggs was able to touch the ball to Uchacz, who fired it far post, giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead and the eventual victory.

“This road win is really huge for us,” Uchacz said. “Washington State is doing really well this year and to beat them at their place is awesome.”

This is Uchacz’s third goal of the season and second consecutive goal in two straight matches. Uchacz now leads the team with three goals, two assists, and eight overall points.

“Erin played an outstanding match,” said Head Coach Linus Rhode. “I’m very happy for her to have scored.”

With Washington State unable to find the equalizer, sophomore goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme recorded her fourth shutout of the season. Oregon State advances to 4-9-2 on the season, and 2-3-1 in Pac-12 play.

“This was a great team performance,” Rhode said. “Our girls stuck to the game plan and executed with a tremendous amount of resilience.”

“I think this win is setting us up really well going into the last three weekends of Pac-12’s,” Uchacz said.

The Beavers return home next weekend as they host No.23 California and No. 15 Stanford.