Cougar Soccer Falls to Arizona State, 2-1
Nov. 3, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State women's soccer moved to a 3-3-2 conference record with a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Sun Devils, now 3-5-0 in Pac-10 play, scored both goals in the second half, including a penalty kick, to take the victory Friday afternoon at WSU's Lower Soccer Field.
'We all know what we've got to do and that's win a soccer game,' said WSU Head Coach Matt Potter. 'Today we didn't win a soccer game. We didn't execute well. We found ourselves in a hole. But, the spirit we showed in the last ten minutes to come back into the game and score one goal back is what we're capable of doing. That's what we have to remember in order to prepare in the right way for Sunday.'
Both teams played evenly throughout the first half of the match with Arizona State taking four shots to WSU's three. The Cougars and the Sun Devils broke for half with the match tied at 0-0.
After returning from the break, the offensive game of both teams seemed to come alive. ASU struck first as freshman Danté Perea scored her third career goal in the 61st minute. After receiving a pass from teammate Lara Kezer, Perea beat WSU goalkeeper Brynn Bemis and slipped the ball into the right corner to put ASU up 1-0.
In the 55th minute, WSU midfielder Anna Miller sent a blasting shot into the upper right corner, forcing ASU goalkeeper Kim Bingham to make a leaping save. The Cougars nearly had the equalizer late in the 72nd minute but Kiersten Dallstream's blast from 20 yards out sailed just high of the net.
The Sun Devils scored their second goal of the match on a Kyleyn Felts penalty kick in the 86th minute of play. It was Felts' second goal of the year.
Dallstream would redeem her earlier miss only moments later as she accepted a cross from Elysse Van Leer and one-touched the ball into the bottom left corner.
WSU's Miller led the offensive attack with four total shots, three of which were on goal. Kiersten Dallstream contributed two shots while Jenny Christoph, Kim Bonnes, Elysse Van Leer and Natalie Elkind each had one shot.
For ASU, Kezer and Felts each posted three shots while Perea and keeper Bingham each had two. Bingham also recorded five saves for the Sun Devils.
The Cougars conclude regular season play Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Lower Soccer Field in an 11:00 a.m. match against the Arizona Wildcats.