Nov. 14, 2008
PORTLAND, Ore. - Emily Anderson's second half goal lifted No. 15 Texas past No. 24 Washington State in the first round of the NCAA Championship at Merlo Field, Friday.
Anderson took a long pass on the left side and won the ball over Cougar junior defender Maggie Dougher. She then dribbled to the right and blasted a shot to the lower left hand corner of the net from 20 yards out past WSU (10-6-3) sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Parlee.
"Obviously, we are disappointed to lose the game," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. "When you make the tournament everything is up for grabs, but we did not accomplish what we set out to do. The game started out at a very fast pace and once it settled down we had better possession that led to some half chances and some set piece opportunities. In the second half, the one moment of quality Texas created, they punished us."
In the first half, the play was back and forth and at intermission, the Longhorns (13-3-4) held a 4-3 advantage in shots while the Cougars had taken three of the match's four corner kicks.
During the second half, Texas outshot Washington State 10-3 and took the only corner kick. Two of the three Cougar shots came late, one by junior Elysse Van Leer in the 86th minute and another by junior Carly Dobratz in the 88th minute.
The Cougars were whistled for 11 fouls, including three yellow cards while the Longhorns picked up eight fouls, including one yellow card.