Cougar Soccer Gritty in Tie at Washington
Oct. 9, 2009
SEATTLE - The current Washington State University women's soccer senior class entered Friday night's match at Washington having never lost to the Huskies. A pair of Cougars in that class made sure it stayed that way and WSU came away with a 1-1 draw in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both schools.
Senior Elysse Van Leer scored off a rebound in the 84th minute after fellow senior Kiersten Dallstream's initial shot hit the crossbar. The goal gave the Cougars (7-3-1, 0-0-1 Pac-10) a six-match unbeaten streak against the Huskies (8-2-2, 0-0-1 Pac-10).
After neither team managed a shot on goal in the first half, Veronica Perez gave Washington a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute with a header in the box on the left side after receiving a through ball from Nikki Murray.
Junior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo kept the Cougars' deficit at one when she denied Alex Webber in the 62nd minute and again in the 77th minute.
In the first overtime, senior Carly Dobratz picked up her second yellow card at 98:44 and WSU played the rest of the match a player down. In the waning seconds of the first extra session, Berlingo made a fine save at the near post on a shot off the foot of Perez.
Berlingo came up big one more time when she turned away Kate Deines with just over a minute remaining in the second overtime.
The Cougars conclude nonconference play with a noon match at Seattle, Sunday.
Washington State scored in its 13th-straight regular season match, one shy of the school record set in 1990-91...Cougars tied their conference opener for the first time in school history...WSU has gone to overtime in each of its last two Pac-10 openers and in six of its last 10 conference matches...Cougars played their first overtime match this season after participating in a school-record eight overtime matches in 2008...first overtime match in Seattle against Washington...nine of Elyse Van Leer's 10 career goals have tied the match or given the Cougars the lead...Kiersten Dallstream recorded her 12th career assist to move into a tie for ninth on the WSU all-time list...Dallstream has 25 points in 2009, tied for ninth on the Cougar single-season list...Dallstream's has registered at least one point in eight-straight matches, tied for the second longest streak in Cougar history with Kim Lynass (1991)...Lynass holds the school record with a 12-match streak in 1990-91.