Cougars Claw To Victory Over No. 19 Arizona
Oct. 16, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State (8-6-1, 1-3-0 Pac-10) notched its first conference victory Friday in a dramatic 2-1 sudden victory overtime win against No. 19 Arizona (8-4-2, 1-3-1 Pac-10).Senior Carmen Anderson tallied both Cougar goals in the match.
'The team was up for the task and played for each other,' said Head Soccer Coach Matt Potter. 'We matched Arizona well and it was nice to see our character come through in the end as we stuck to the task. I'm excited for the team and what a moment for them.'
Arizona was first on the scoreboard after 61 minutes of scoreless play as Gianna DeSaverio headed a Mallory Miller corner kick past WSU keeper Katie Hultin.
The two teams continued to battle late into the 90th minute when the Cougar made a run deep in the Arizona box where WSU's Alix Rustrum was brought down hard by the Wildcats' Kelly Nelson. The referee whistled the foul as time expired awarding the Cougars a penalty kick at the 89:59 mark. Nelson was carded for the foul and Arizona head coach Dan Tobias received a red card and was ejected for his adamant dissent on the call.
'It takes a lot of guts for a referee to make that call,' senior defender Jennie Kunc said of last second foul. 'I couldn't believe it. Credit Alix for battling into the last second. After that, I thought we have to win now, it was meant to be.'
Anderson set up for the penalty kick and calmly fired a shot past lunging Arizona keeper McCall Smith. The tally knotted the score 1-1 forcing the match into sudden victory overtime.
'We practice those things constantly,' Anderson said of her penalty kick. 'You just have to do it over and over so when you get up there in a game situation it just seems normal. Walking up there, I felt fine because I do these all the time. I know I'm kicking it. I know how to do it. And I had all the girls behind me. They had got us that far and there is no way I could not make it and let them down.'
The two teams went scoreless through the first 10 minute overtime period as they continued an intense struggle for the win. WSU sealed the victory at the 103:39 mark as Anderson sent a free kick into the top of the Arizona net from 20-yards. Anderson's golden goal marks her sixth of the season.
'The win is huge,' Hultin said. 'Our first Pac-10 win is huge let alone against Arizona which is bigger in a lot of different ways. Not only was it a ranked team but a very emotional game. Its just huge for the program. We know how to rebound now. We know how to dig deep and take care of things.'
'We all gave 100% and were determined to not lose that game,' Anderson added. 'If everyone is in, it will all work out. We got out there and did it for each other. That's all you can ask for.'
The Cougars continue conference play traveling to California where they take on USC Friday, Oct. 21 and No. 4 UCLA Sunday, Oct. 23.