Cougar Soccer Loses 2-1 Double OT Battle with No. 10 USC

Oct. 22, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougar soccer team fought for 115 minutes before falling 2-1 to the number 10 Trojans Sunday afternoon. The two teams combined for 48 shots and 31 fouls in the double overtime effort.

In a 0-0 first half the Cougars had their top three scorers go down with ankle injuries: leading scorer Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) who has 11 goals this season, sophomore Katrina Stroh (Federal Way, Wash.) and junior Natalie Kehl (Spokane, Wash.) who each have five goals. DeWitt and Stroh, who went down within 40 seconds of each other, both reentered the game in the second half, while Kehl remained out the duration of the game.

After outshooting the Cougars 11-4 in the first half the Trojans came out and scored 19 seconds into second half play, one of only five Trojan shots in the second half. Jessica Edwards finished a ball just inside the top post from Katie Ticehurst.

In the second half the Cougars outshot the Trojans 16 to five, tying the game with just over 20 minutes remaining in regulation play. Rachel Rodrick (University Place, Wash.) scored her third goal of the season when she touched in a long shot from Niki Ironside (Kent, Wash.). The assist was the first of Ironside's career.

The Cougars dominated second half play, taking 15 consecutive shots. Rodrick bounced one off the left post in the 80th minute and DeWitt was there to follow, but overshot. Two minutes later it was junior Liz Duncan (Richland, Wash.) who dribbled past two defenders and took the shot, but Shaelyn Fernandes came up with her seventh save of the match.

The Cougars were also bolstered by the goalkeeping of junior Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.) who made 12 saves in the game, including two in the final 30 seconds of the second half. Jorgensen also came up with four saves in the two overtime periods. The 12 saves tie for her career best set in 1998.

It was Edwards again for the Trojans in the final play of the game when she dribbled in a pass from Isabelle Harvey and finished from the right side of the box.

The 2-1 loss was the Cougars fourth this season decided by one point or less to a ranked opponent. WSU is now 10-6-0 overall, 2-4-0 in the Pac-10 while USC jumps to 11-3-2 overall, 3-1-1 in the Pac-10.

The Cougars take on Oregon and Oregon State in their final weekend on the road next Friday and Sunday respectively at 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. PT.

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