Cougars Draw With Ducks

Oct. 13, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. --- Washington State finished the opening weekend of Pac-10 play without a loss, but could not collect its second win Sunday, playing Oregon to a 1-1 tie.

The Cougars opened the scoring at the 20:15 mark with a goal from junior Rachel Rodrick set up by sophomore Christie Spear. It was Rodrick's fifth goal of the season and Spear's second assist of the weekend.

Oregon answered in the 40th minute when Mele French chipped a shot past the reach of Cougar goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz for the equalizer.

Despite pressuring the Duck defense with 18 shots, including 13 in the second half and overtime periods, WSU was unable to get the game-winner. Oregon managed only five shots on the afternoon.

'We did a really good job with possession of the ball, but we still need to do better in the final third of the field, finishing off our chances,' Washington State Head Coach Dan Tobias said. 'We need to be a bit more clinical in the final third. In overtime, Nicole Wilcox had a ball cleared off the line, so we had some good chances.'

After winning in overtime two days ago against Oregon State, the Cougars were unable to run their Pac-10 record to 2-0 Sunday.

'Friday, we got the result that we were looking for and I thought we were going to do the same today,' Tobias said. 'A lot of the game is creating good chances, and we did that. We just need to work on that final pass that gets us the best look at the goal.'

Junior midfielder Kim Morgan led WSU with five shots, including two on goal. Spear, Nicole Wilcox, and Katrina Stroh each had two shots.

Leibowitz played all 110 minutes in the net for the Cougars, making two saves.

The Cougars also received a shot Sunday from junior Shelby Brownfield, who made her WSU debut against Oregon State Friday after transferring from Connecticut. Brownfield had been sidelined with a knee injury.

'She is healthy and back and played some good minutes,' Tobias said. 'She gives us another good dimension.'

The tie brings Washington State's season record to 7-4-1 and 1-0-1 in Pac-10 play. Oregon is now 1-8-2 and 0-1-1 in conference.

'It would have been nice to get both of these this weekend,' Tobias said. 'But we need to finish chances and we will in our one home game coming up this week.'

The Cougars take on cross-state rival Washington at the Lower Soccer Field in Pullman Saturday, Oct. 19 at noon.

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