March 24, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Washington State University soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with the Canadian U20 National Team, Sunday.
The match was played at Jeld-Wen Field, home of Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers and the Portland Thorns. Canadian women's soccer stars Christine Sinclair and Karina LeBlanc, both currently in Thorns' camp, were on hand for the match.
"To play in that venue was an exciting experience for our team," Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said. "It was great to play a quality Canadian U20 team. We need to build off our performance and clean up some things before our next spring match (April 7 at Gonzaga)."
The Cougars started strong in the match, controlling play for the first 10-plus minutes. The Canadian possessed the ball for much of the final two-thirds of the first half, but neither team mounted a serious offensive threat.
"We focused on our defense at the beginning of the week," McAlpine said. "We did a good job limiting their chances. Our backline was solid, as was Gurveen Clair in net."
The match was back and forth early in the second half before the Cougars became the more dangerous offensive team over the final-30 minutes. Washington State earned four corner kicks in the match.
"In the second half, we applied more pressure defensively and that turned into some offensive chances that we didn't finish," McAlpine said.