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Cougars, Utah Play to 0-0 Draw

Feb 26, 2021

PULLMAN, Wash. – Despite a relentless attack in the second overtime period, Washington State could not find the back of the net as the Cougars and Utah finished in a 0-0, double-overtime draw in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams Friday evening at the WSU Indoor Facility.
 
With the tie, the Cougars are 3-0-1 on the season while Utah moves to 1-1-2.
 
The final 10 minutes saw the Cougar offense attack Utah's back line, outshooting the Utes 8-0 in the second overtime. Senior Elyse Bennett had a great chance that was saved by Utah keeper Sarajean Edwards in the 103rd minute. The rebound found its way to the foot of freshman Margie Detrizio, who sent her put back over the crossbar. Three minutes later, Bennett had another good look, this time to the near post that Edwards corralled.
 
The Cougars had the better run of play in the first half, outshooting Utah 8-2. WSU was much more dangerous in the first 45 minutes, forcing Utah's keeper Sarajean Edwards into two saves. Makamae Gomera-Stevens drilled a left-footer to the lower-left corner in the latter part of the half, forcing Edwards into a diving save. Freshman Marin Whieldon also had a clean look on a cross from Gomera-Stevens, but her header drifted wide after beating the keeper.
 
For the game, the Cougars outshot Utah 22-9, including an 8-2 advantage in the first half and an 8-0 edge in the second overtime. Neither team attempted a shot in the first overtime. Washington State also had a commanding 8-2 advantage on corner kicks.
 
The Cougar back line did a good job of keeping trouble out of the view of keeper Marissa Zucchetto as Utah managed just four shots on frame for the match.
 
These same two teams face off again Sunday at Noon in Pullman. Unlike Friday, Sunday's match will not court towards conference standings.
 
Stat of the Match
The Cougars outshot the Utes 22-9 on the night, including 8-0 in the second overtime.
 
Things You Need To Know

  • Washington State moved to 3-0-1 overall and 0-0-1 in Pac-12 play with the draw
  • All-time the Cougs are 7-8-2 against the Utes including a 4-2-2 mark at home
  • All-time the Cougs are 10-11-4 in conference openers and 4-2-3 since the conference became the Pac-12.
  • First overtime game of the season for WSU
    • Was 3-0-1 in 2019 in OT games
    • Last 2OT game was vs Arizona State, 10/13/19
    • Last OT game was a 1-0 win at #5 South Carolina in the fourth round of the 2019 Tournament
    • 7th OT game, 5th 2OT in 17 all-time matchups with Utah
  • Senior Marissa Zucchetto posted a season-high 4 saves
    • 2nd-straight shutout, 286:31 scoreless streak in goal
    • 21.5 career shutouts (19.5 in three seasons at Texas Tech)
  • Sophomore Sophie Dimry returned from injury and played a career-high 54 minutes
  • WSU outshot its opponent for the third-straight game
  • WSU was held scoreless for the first time since the final game of the 2019 regular season at Washington