Cougars and Trojans Battle to Draw in Soccer
Nov. 6, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Both Washington State and USC entered Friday's Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer match looking to improve their position in the conference standings and the NCAA rankings.
After 110 minutes, neither team found a way to score a goal and the match ended in a 0-0 draw. The Cougars (13-4-2, 5-1-2 Pac-10) entered the match No. 13 in the NCAA Ratings Power Index (RPI) and has high as No. 13 in the national polls. USC (12-6-1, 4-3-1 Pac-10) came into the day No. 15 in the RPI and topped out at No. 19 in the national rankings.
'To get a clean sheet is a huge positive especially against a quality opponent like USC,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'We created opportunities and just didn't put any of them in the net today. Sometimes that happens. The reality is I cannot be disappointed tying 0-0 against a very, very good USC team.'
The statistics in the match favored the Cougars who outshot USC 15-7 and earned 11 corner kicks to two for the Trojans. WSU junior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo made three saves while Kristin Olsen stopped seven shots for USC.
The Trojans' best chance to score came in the 67th minute when Berlingo denied Megan Ohai's shot toward the far post with a sprawling save to her right. In the 77th minute, WSU's Mallory Fox fired a shot toward the near post, but Olsen came up with a diving save. USC was a player down for the final 3:22 of regulation and all of overtime after Samantha Johnson picked up her second yellow card of the match.
The Cougars conclude the regular season hosting No. 3 UCLA, Sunday at 11 a.m.
Washington State tied the single-season school record for shutouts with 10...Cougars played their third-straight overtime match at home for the first time since 1993...WSU was shut out for the first time this season to break a school-record 20-straight regular season match streak scoring at least one goal...Cougars are guaranteed at least a tie for third in the Pacific-10 Conference standings and a tie for the best Pac-10 record in school history...second-straight season and third time in last four years WSU and USC have played to a 0-0 tie...barring a rematch in the postseason, the Cougar seniors never lost to Pac-10 opponents Arizona, Oregon, USC or Washington...junior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo recorded her seventh shutout of the season, tied for second on the WSU single-season list and ranked eighth on the Cougar career list.