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Natasha Howe scored the game-winner in the 96th minute.
Courtesy: Dale Garvey
Women's Soccer Tops Idaho, 2-1, in OT of Regular Season Opener
Seattle University women’s soccer (1-0-0) tallied more shots than Idaho (0-1-0) and, despite the game needing part of an overtime period, the Redhawks were able to come away with a 2-1 win in their regular season home opener.

“I’m happy that we got the result and I always say you don’t want to be playing your best soccer at the beginning of the year,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “I think we had a little bit of a rough start, but I think Idaho is a much improved team and Derek [Pittman] is doing a really great job with them. I think they were well organized. Sometimes it’s good to not play great soccer and get the win, because I think it shows your potential.”

Idaho tallied two early shots, one sailing wide and the other hitting the post, in the first six minutes of play, but could not convert into serious scoring opportunities.

The Redhawks took the early lead In the 11th minute as Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) was pulled down in the box, resulting in a successful penalty kick.

Seattle U held the advantage for nearly 20 minutes, but Alyssa Pease would even the tally, 1-1, in the 29th minute on an assist by Elexis Schlossarek off a corner kick.

Verdoia added a pair of shots and Jennifer Plummer (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) would take another, but the score remained tied, 1-1, at half.

SU opened the second half with intensity, recording two straight shots on goal, and tallied nine total second half shots to Idaho’s four.

Neither team was able to add to their score in the second half, as the game went into a first overtime period.

In the 96th minute, Natasha Howe (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was able to break through, on a cross by Julia Moravec (Spokane, Wash.) for the game-winner as the Redhawks earned a 2-1 victory.

“It’s really nice to have the home crowd cheering you on,” said Howe. “With golden goal, it’s nice because once you score it’s over. So it’s nice to know that goal really means something, a lot, to the team and to the whole school.”

In goal, Torrell Stewart allowed two goals and made four saves in just over 95 and a half minutes of play. On the opposite end, Brianna Smallidge (Port Orchard, Wash.) allowed just one goal, also making four saves.

The Redhawks outshot the Vandals, 16-11, as a team.

Isabelle Butterfield (Bellevue, Wash.), Celia Vaughn (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Denise Garcia (Chino Hills, Calif.), and Stephanie Spiekerman (Seattle, Wash.) earned their first collegiate starts while Plummer, Isabella Guerry (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), and Sydney Carlson (Bellevue, Wash.) made their first collegiate appearances.

Seattle U hosts the University of Kentucky on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 12 noon before heading to Hawai’i next weekend for the OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi to face Northern Illinois and Hawai’i.

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