Washington women’s soccer ends regular season by winning Apple Cup | women soccer

Summer Yates scores in the final minutes to equalize against ASU on October 23, 2022 at Husky Soccer Stadium. The Huskies won 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

There was no better time for the Washington women’s soccer team to end their losing streak.

It was all or nothing for UW on Saturday afternoon when they faced rivals Washington State in the final conference game of the regular season.

A second-half goal from freshman Kelsey Branson put the Huskies ahead in a 3-2 win after an early deficit.

It was UW’s first win on the road since Sept. 15 and a losing streak five games away from Seattle.

The start of the final game in the Huskies’ regular-season schedule was far from ideal. With just 8:21 in the game, the Cougars (8-7-4, 2-6-3 Pac-12) came on the board with a shot on goal in the top left corner of the net.

Less than eight minutes later, grad student McKenzie Weinert had the answer for Washington with a shot into the bottom left goal after an assist from grad student Shae Holmes.

The Huskies reacted once and had to react again after the Cougars scored again in the 30th minute to put the lead back 2-1.

Once again, it took UW less than 10 minutes to retaliate. Weinert and Branson assisted fifth-grader Summer Yates, who effortlessly placed the ball in the bottom right corner of the goal.

With the game tied at two and the Apple Cup in the balance, a second-half game could have tipped the scales either way.

Branson answered the call and scored an assist in the 69th minute to eventually give the Huskies a 3-2 advantage.

WSU struggled on offense in the second half, managing just four shots during that period, allowing UW to hold on to the win.

A final 89th-minute save by graduate Olivia Sekany secured the win, ending the regular season on a high note and most importantly, an Apple Cup victory.

Washington finishes the regular season with a 10-6-3 overall record and a 4-6-1 conference record.

Reach Sports Editor Ethan Kilbreath at sports@dailyuw.com. Twitter: @EthanArles

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