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Studer's strike nabs the draw for the Cougs

Oct 24, 2021

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PULLMAN, Wash. – A 55' strike from Sydney Studer equalized an instant classic as Washington State (10-2-4, 4-1-3) picked up a point in the standings with a 1-1, 2OT, draw against No. 8 UCLA (13-0-3, 5-0-3) Sunday night at Lower Soccer Field. Throughout the night the Cougs and the Bruins battled as each team took control of the run of play for large swaths of time, punching and counter-punching in search of the win. It was the Bruins who would get on the board first in the 15' converting a mishit goal kick into a quick counter finished off by Kennedy Faulknor from long distance. The goal for the Bruins would stand for the rest of the half and into the new period before the Cougs finally broke through with a goal of their own. The equalizer would come just 10 minutes into the new half when Studer unleashed a bomb from 25-yards out, lasering a shot past the outstretched dive of Lauren Brzykcy to torch the twine and bring the Cougs back even with the Bruins. Studer's strike was setup by Grayson Lynch as the third-year striker took the ball deep in her own end past midfield before finding Studer in the center of the pitch alone with a chance to make something happen. 
For the Cougs, the equalizer came directly off a near miss by the Bruins as Faulknor banged a shot off the crossbar as she looked to put the Bruins up two on the night. The Cougs would take the miss off the bar and immediately turn it into a counter opportunity that they would cash in on the other end. While the Bruins had a handful of near misses so too did the Cougs as Lynch saw a potential go-ahead go bank off the post and into the hands of Brzykcy instead of banking into the goal. Additionally both sides would have a pair of breakaway chances late in the second overtime with each keeper, Brzykcy and Coug freshman Nadia Cooper, racing off their lines and into harm's way to save the match for their respective sides. In all, Brzykcy and Cooper each finished the night with five saves while conceding just once against two of the highest-powered offenses in the country.

Stat of the Match
Sydney Studer notched the equalizer in the 55', her second goal of the season.

The Moments That Made The Match

Things You Need To Know

  • The Cougs picked up their third-consecutive draw in Pac-12 play and fourth of the season.
    • The draw was the Cougs' second-straight result against a top-10 opponent on the weekend after posting a 0-0 draw against #5 USC Thursday.
  • The draw snapped a two-match skid for the Cougs against the Bruins.
    • The 2OT contest was the eighth overtime contest between the two sides all-time and the first since a 0-0 (2OT) draw in Westwood in 2012.
  • The 15' goal by the Bruins marked the earliest goal conceded by the Cougs on the year and just the third time on the year the Cougs gave up the opening goal of a match.
  • Sydney Studer scored her 2nd goal of the season and first since at San Diego State on Sept. 2.
    • The goal was her 13th career goal. It was her second against the Bruins in as many seasons.
  • Grayson Lynch picked up her 2nd assist of the season and first point since scoring the game-winning goal at Utah, Sept. 30.
  • Freshman Nadia Cooper moved to 6-1-3 on the year in goal while her 4 goals against leads the nation among eligible keepers.
    • She posted five saves in the match.
  • 5th year Sydney Pulver moved into a tie for 1st all-time with Ali Fenter in career starts starting her 86th career match. Pulver is already the all-time leader in matches played having appeared in 93 career contests.
  • The Cougs begin a three-match road trip to close out the regular season beginning Thursday, Oct. 28 at Oregon. The match is scheduled for 7 pm on the Pac-12 Network.