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A draw with the Devils

Oct 15, 2021

In Case You Missed It
TEMPE, Ariz. – A pair of early goals for Washington State (10-2-2, 4-1-1) were only enough to secure one-point in the Pac-12 standings as Arizona State (8-5-2, 0-4-2) came back with two goals of its own to force a 2-2, 2OT, draw Friday night at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. Early on it looked like the Cougs were in for a run away win in the desert as WSU converted two corners into goals in the first 30 minutes of play to put the Sun Devils in a quick two-goal hole a third of the way through the game. The first strike of the night came in the 10' from star centerback Bridget Rieken who found herself on the end of a whipped in ball from Sydney Pulver. With two big bodies in the mix in Sydney Studer and Rieken, it was Rieken who got her head on the pass from Pulver, avoiding a collision with her Sun Devil defender to redirect the ball inside the near post and in for the opening goal. 20 minutes later it was Pulver initiating the offense from the corner once again, this time from the opposite side of the pitch, sending an out-swinging ball into the six. A missed catch by the Sun Devils' keeper sent the ball ricocheting to the feet of Elyse Bennett who promptly one-timed the loose ball into the back of the net for her team-best ninth goal of the year.
Despite controlling the contest for much of the first half the Cougs would slip up late in the first 45 as the Sun Devils took advantage of a late half push and a volley of shots to claw back a goal just before half. That strike proved critical as it was the beginning of the comeback for the Sun Devils who would find the equalizer in the 64' off the foot of the nation's leading scorer, Nicole Douglas. While the momentum had shifted and the Sun Devil attack ramping up the pressure further the Cougs were able to settle back in and stymie the ASU offense the rest of the way to earn a hard-fought point on the road keeping the game scoreless for just under an hour of action including 20 minutes of golden goal soccer in overtime.

Stat of the Match
Freshman Nadia Cooper came away with a career-high 10 saves on the night, the first double-digit save performance for a Coug keeper since Marissa Zucchetto's 13-save night against Washington to end the 2021 spring season.

The Moments That Made The Match

Things You Need To Know

  • The Cougs settled for their second draw of the season and first in Pac-12 play. The draw marked the first time the Cougs were unable to secure three points in the standings on the year when leading at half in a contest.
  • The draw was the second-consecutive match the Cougs and the Sun Devils have played even after finishing their 2019 match with no score through 110 minutes.
    • The extra-time was the eighth overtime game between the two sides all-time and the sixth double-overtime contest. WSU is 3-2-3 all-time in overtime contests against the Sun Devils.
  • WSU remained unbeaten on the road in 2021 moving to 6-0-1 away from Pullman. The two goals given up were the first goals on the road conceded by the Cougs who are now hold a 16-2 goal advantage away from Pullman on the season.
  • The two goals given up by the Cougs tied a season high against and were the first two goals given up by freshman Nadia Cooper on the road in her career. The goals were just the 5th and 6th goals conceded on the year by WSU.
  • Cooper recorded a career-high 10 saves, the first double-digit save performance since teammate Marissa Zucchetto's epic 13 save night against Washington to end the 2021 spring season.
  • Bridget Rieken scored her fourth goal of the season, all coming off of corners initiated Sydney Pulver.
    • Pulver recorded her third assist on the year.
  • Elyse Bennett picked up her 9th goal of the season, moving into a tie for 2nd in the Pac-12. Additionally the goal was her 25th career strike.
    • Bennett moved into a tie for 2nd all-time in games played at 86 (the previous record before Pulver broke the record earlier in the season).
  • The Cougs return home for the final time in 2021 with matches against #5 USC (Oct. 21) and #7 UCLA (Oct. 24) with both matches featured on the Pac-12 Network.