Dawgs' Comeback Effort Falls Short In Pullman
Nov. 2, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington women's soccer showed resilience, but its comeback effort fell short in a 1-0 loss on Friday afternoon in the Palouse. The Dawgs fell behind by a goal late in the first half and despite being the more dangerous team in half two, could not find a goal to level the game.
The loss drops Washington to 10-7-3 (3-6-2 Pac-12) to finish the regular season. The Dawgs will now have to sit and wait for the NCAA Selection show on Monday. Washington entered Friday's match with an RPI of 32, so despite the loss should still receive strong consideration from the selection committee.
Washington State finishes 12-6-1 (6-4-1 Pac-12) and likely played its way into the tournament with a win. The Cougars clinched fourth place in the Pac-12, but probably needed the win as its RPI was in the 40's entering Friday.
The Cougars were the more aggressive team in the first half and deserved its 1-0 lead, although it did not come until very late in the half.
Washington State nearly took an early lead, but Kari Davidson made a great save on a Brandi Vega shot in the 15th minute. Overall, Davidson made three saves in the half and came out to punch away a dangerous corner kick. She also got help from the woodwork as Washington State hit a crossbar in the 25th minute, but the Husky defense was there to clean up the rebound.
Washington had a dangerous corner of its own early in the half, but the inswinging drive from Isabel Farrell went across the mouth of the goal untouched.
The Cougars took the lead in the 43rd minute when Micahela Castain connected on her 11th goal of the season. Castain scored on a near-post run after Kourtney Guitlein sent a cross from the right side.
The Dawgs were outshot 9-2 for the half, but nearly made it to the break tied.
In the second half, Washington got on the offensive and created numerous chances, looking like the far more dangerous team. The Dawgs outshot WSU 8-3 in the half, but were never quite able to find the finishing touch.
The first big chance came when Lindsay Elston won a ball on the right side and carried her dribble to the endline. She crossed the ball towards the six-yard box, but it deflected away.
Washington got perhaps its best chance off a corner kick in the 69th minute. WSU cleared the cross, but the Huskies controlled a second chance. The ball was played wide to Allie Beahan who drove a shot far post, but the Cougar goalkeeper was there to make a terrific save.
In the 76th minute, Elston had a shot on target, but did not have her normal power and an easy save was made by the Washington State keeper.
Over the final minutes, WSU was in clear stall mode, but Washington kept its pressure up to create chances. With just eight minutes remaining, the Dawgs won a dangerous set piece off a foul at the endline, 22 yards from goal. The Huskies sent a dangerous cross into the box that found the head of Hillary Zevenbergen. She hit a powerful header, but it sailed just wide of the target.
The game appeared to be over in the final minute as Washington State dribbled to the corner to run off the final seconds. However, the Dawgs refused to quit, stealing the ball and playing back up the field. Washington won the ball and lofted it over the defense where somehow Jaclyn Softli got behind the Cougar backline with less than 10 seconds to play.
Softli took on the keeper 1 v 1, but she made a foot save. However, the shot created a rebound that Zevenbergen controlled and shot just as time was expiring, but it was blocked by a defender. The unexpected flurry in the final minutes made the result even tougher to swallow as the Dawgs appeared to be on the verge of finding the equalizer.
Washington will now return to campus and await the Monday NCAA Selection Show at 1:30 p.m., streamed live on ncaa.com. Washington hopes to be selected to the 64-team field that will begin play on November 9.