Cougar Soccer Battles to Draw with Huskies

Oct. 31, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - For the second time in their rivalry, Washington and Washington State took the same field in women's soccer with both teams nationally ranked. And, like the previous meeting in 1993, neither team walked away a winner.

After a first half in which each squad failed to generate much in the way of a scoring opportunity, both No. 21 Washington (12-5-1, 3-3-1 Pacific-10) and No. 22 Washington State (8-5-5, 2-3-2 Pac-10) had quality chances for a goal in the second stanza.

In the 65th minute, the Huskies' Kate Deines blasted a shot from the top of the box that was saved by Cougar goalkeeper Lindsay Parlee and ricocheted off the cross bar before the WSU netminder controlled it. Three minutes later, a header from Washington's Alex Webber off a corner kick was just high.

Washington State's best chance in regulation came in the 72nd minute when Ali Fenter's header off a corner kick was saved by Washington's keeper Kari Davidson.

'The way the game went today I can't be disappointed with the tie,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'Both teams showed a lot of character and discipline.'

In the first overtime, Webber had a chance to win it, but her shot from the right edge of the box struck the far post squarely and McKenna Waitley's shot off the rebound sailed high.

The Cougars had the final chance of the match when Ashley Johnson's header off a free kick four minutes into the second overtime was stopped on a spectacular save by Davidson.

Washington State will open the final weekend of the regular season, Friday, Nov. 7 at home against Arizona. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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