Cougars Scrape By Wildcats, 1-0
Nov. 5, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State women's soccer closed out their regular season with a 1-0 win over the Arizona Wildcats Sunday at WSU's Lower Soccer Field. The Cougars finish the 2006 regular season with a 9-7-4 overall record and a 4-3-2 Pac-10 record. Sasha Baines and Angela Fajardo, the team's two seniors, were honored in a pre-game ceremony for their contributions to the WSU soccer program.
Washington State set two school records and tied a third en route to their 1-0 victory. The win was a school record-tying tenth shutout by the Cougars this season. WSU allowed only 15 total goals during the regular season, breaking the previous record of 16 set during the 1994 season. Goalkeeper Brynn Bemis' goals against average of 0.69 shattered the previous record of 0.76 set by Kris Young in 1994.
'I thought we showed a great spirit about us today,' said WSU Head Coach Matt Potter. 'We didn't lay down. We kept working at it. We knew it was going to be a battle and a fight and we were up for that today so I'm pleased. We ended the regular season on a winning note. We sent out our seniors on a high and, for the fans, we gave them something to cheer about and stand up for and I thought that was exciting. I'm very pleased with everybody.'
The Cougars began on a strong note, scoring the only goal of the match in the eighth minute of play. Junior midfielder Anna Miller's corner kick sailed towards the far post to the head of teammate Allison Scurich who found the back of the net. It was Scurich's third goal of the season.
In the 43rd minute, freshman Kiersten Dallstream looked to put the Cougars up by two with a quick move around an Arizona defender and into the six-yard box. Dallstream dribbled past the keeper and aimed for the goal but her shot was blocked by the Wildcats' Kaity Heath.
The tempo of the second half proved even more fast-paced as both teams attacked the net with equal force. The Cougars finished with 12 total shots while Arizona shot a total of 11 times.
For WSU, senior defender Angela Fajardo led the Cougar offense with three shots on goal while Elysse Van Leer and Allison Scurich each contributed two shots apiece. Arizona's Gianna DeSaverio posted four shots while London King added two.
The Cougars now wait to discover the possibility of advancing into postseason play. The 64-team bracket of the NCAA Women's College Cup will be announced Monday, Nov. 6 on ESPNEWS between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.