PORTLAND, Ore. – Kelsey Crosby scored in the first minute of overtime to lift Seattle University women’s soccer to a 3-2 win at Portland on Sunday afternoon. Kelsey Vogel and Ava Benedetti also scored on a rainy day at Merlo Field.
"The team showed a lot of resiliency and grit today," said Coach Julie Woodward, who won her 298th career game Sunday. "It wasn't our best performance, but we found a way to win on the road. It was great to see two freshman score and for Vogel to score on her 21st birthday."
In the opening minute of extra time, Rachel Bowler sent in a hard ball to Lauren Brown, who touched it to Crosby on the right side. The freshman found Jessie Ray at the top of the box, where Ray hit a cutting Crosby. She settled the ball and fired on her second touch, beating the Pilot keeper on the far side to end the contest.
Seattle U (4-3-1) has now played four OT matches in 2019, with Crosby joining Ray as golden-goal scorers for SU this season. The Redhawks played a scoreless draw at UW on Aug. 26 and fell to No. 3 USC, 3-2 in overtime, on Friday night.
Portland racked up multiple corner kicks in the first half, but it was an SU corner that opened scoring on Sunday. In the eighth minute, Gabe Jillings sent in a corner try, where Vogel was on the spot with a strong header in the box for a 1-0 lead.
The teams settled in from there, with both sides creating chances on the wet surface. The hosts tied the match in the 28th minute, but the Redhawks were ready with a reply soon thereafter.
Hall carried the ball up the right side past midfield and launched a pass to the arc, where Jessie Ray played it down and dished to Benedetti. The freshman from Happy Valley, Ore., hammered a shot from 20 yards out that hit the crossbar and dropped in, making it 2-1, in the 33rd minute.
UP scored another tying goal on a penalty kick in the 55th minute. Madison Waguespack tallied three saves on the day, including two down the stretch of the second half to keep the score level.
The match marked the fourth straight SU/Portland meeting to go to overtime.
The Redhawks will play at Air Force on Friday, Sept. 20, in their next outing.