Cougars End Regular Season With 0-0 Tie To No. 11 Stanford
Nov. 7, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Host Washington State (8-7-4, 3-4-2 Pac-10) played No. 11 Stanford (12-5-4, 4-3-2 Pac-10) to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in the last regular season game for the six Cougar seniors who were honored before the match.
'I am pleased with the effort of the girls,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'Today's game was a great exhibition of Pac-10 soccer and to tie a team like Stanford is credit to the girls and to the seniors who started the game and helped bring the program to where it is today.'
The tone of the game was aggressive from the beginning with both teams battling for possession in the midfield.
At the 13:08 mark Cougar freshman defender Allison Scurich made a one-on-one defensive tackle to stop Stanford's second leading scorer Leah Tapscott from breaking through the WSU defense 18-yards out.
Late in the half WSU senior Sara Silver-Hill and Cardinal Emilee Shim collided while battling for a header in the midfield and Silver-Hill had to leave the game after suffering a contusion to her right eyebrow.
At the end of the first half WSU led Stanford in shots 5-3 with both teams' goalkeepers recording one save each. The Cardinal created one corner kick opportunity and recorded seven fouls compared to the Cougars' five.
Both squads continued to battle throughout the second half, with WSU outshooting the Cardinal 5-4, forcing Stanford's goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart to make four saves.
Senior co-captain Christie Spear created the best scoring opportunity for the Cougars with less than four minutes left in regulation when she slotted a ball past the Cardinal defense to Shaye Harrel inside Stanford's penalty box. Harrel took a first-time shot that Barnhart made the save to take the game into overtime.
WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded one of her three saves with point-blank stop less than three minutes left in the end of the first overtime period when Martha West recorded the only shot of the third period from 12-yards out.
Stanford recorded two of its 10 shots in the final period of play, while Spear recorded the Cougar's 11th and final shot of the match.
The tie is the first between the two squads in the series that Stanford leads 11-2.
The Cougars will find out Monday if they will play in the postseason when the NCAA will announce the 64-team Division I Women's Soccer Championship between 1-2 p.m. on ESPNEWS which is channel 207 on DirectTV or 142 on DishNework.