Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Vandals fall, 1-0|
MOSCOW, Idaho – The opportunities were plenty, but the final touch wasn’t quite there for Idaho women’s soccer in a 1-0 spring loss to Gonzaga on Sunday at the SprinTurf practice field.
The first 30 minutes belonged to the Vandals, who maintained steady possession and attacks, but several impressive saves by GU keeper Susan Brown and one more attempt that drew iron kept Idaho off the scoreboard.
“Gonzaga’s keeper had an amazing day – she pulled off double saves when we were following in and in the right position with great opportunities,” Idaho head coach Pete Showler said. “We were creating the right things, we were following in and we were making the right marks, but it just didn’t go our way.”
The game was played over three 30-minute periods, instead of the standard pair of 45-minute halves. While Idaho dominated the opening stanza, Gonzaga stormed out in the second. GU had a quick counter in the opening minute of the period and earned an open shot from 20 yards out that grazed the fingertips of Vandal keeper Caroline Towles.
Idaho sophomore Annie Millard had the best chance to equalize with a one-timer from the top of the box midway through the third period, but it was deflected up and off the framework. The team worked the ball forward several times in the final 30 minutes, but couldn’t make the final touch.
“The first period, they (GU) probably couldn’t have complained if we were three-nil up, but they had enough chances in the latter part that we could have also been three-nil down,” Showler said.
The next action on Idaho’s docket is a home double-header against Washington State and Central Washington at 10 a.m. (PT) and 2:30 p.m., respectively, on Sunday, April 1, at the Idaho SprinTurf practice field.