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Call it a draw

Apr 11, 2021

In Case You Missed It
PULLMAN, Wash. – Locked in a heated battle in Pac-12 play once again, the Cougars (6-3-2, 2-2-2) came up with one point in the standings after ending the day with a 1-1, double-overtime, draw with Oregon (5-5-5, 3-4-3) Sunday afternoon at Lower Soccer Field. In what would be a back and forth fight for 110 minutes, the Cougs would strike first in the game notching the opening goal in the 39' on the first of eight corners earned on the day. Lofting a ball into the middle of the box, senior Sydney Pulver found the head of sophomore Mykiaa Minniss who redirected the corner back towards the Ducks' goal. With the ball heading for the post, Oregon's keeper, Leah Freeman, found herself diving to her left only to be out of position when freshman Margie Detrizio back flicked a redirecting header into the center of the goal and into the back of the net. Despite having a handful of chances to add to their lead Cougs could not find an insurance goal to end the half heading into the break with a one-goal advantage. The Cougs would keep pressing forward throughout the second half but the pressure would not result in another score for WSU as the lead proved tenuous heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation. After fending off one big chance by the Ducks in the 69' the Cougs could not do so a second time a few moments later when Oregon's True Dydasco drilled a shot to the far post in the 71' to draw the match even at 1-1. Back to square one, the Cougs looked as if they would break through once again only to be denied by a spurt of near misses and even a clutch defensive save late in regulation that robbed freshman Alyssa Gray of the go-ahead goal in the 78'. She would be stymied again in the final minute of the second overtime when Freeman came up with the game-saving play on what looked like an open net despite injuring herself just moments before on a clearance attempt.

Stat of the Match
The Cougs eight corners tied a season-high in Pac-12 play matching their eight against Utah Feb. 26 in a 0-0 (2OT) draw.

The Moments That Made The Match

Things You Need To Know

  • Washington State moved to 6-3-2 overall and 2-2-2 in Pac-12 play.
  • The draw snapped the Cougs three-game win streak against Oregon but improved their unbeaten streak to nine-straight contests.
  • The overtime contest was the third of the season for the Cougars in Pac-12 play as WSU moved to 1-0-2 in such contests.
    • The Cougs and Ducks last played to a 1-1 (2OT) draw Oct. 30, 2016 in Pullman, Wash.
  • WSU was unable to notch three points for the first time on the year when leading at halftime moving to 4-0-1 in five games with the lead.
  • Freshman Margie Detrizio picked up her third goal of the season and first in Pac-12 play.
  • Senior Sydney Pulver notched a career best third assist of the season.
    • Posted assists in back-to-back games for the first time in her career.
  • Sophomore Mykiaa Minniss posted her first assists of the season and first since Sept. 15, 2019 versus LMU.
  • The three goals were the most scored by the Cougs against the Beavers in the all-time series dating back to 1991.
    • The two goals were the most scored by the Beavers since 2011 and the most scored in Pullman since 2001.
  • The Cougars finish the regular season at home Friday, April 16 with the second half of the Boeing Apple Cup Series against Washington at 6 p.m.