Sept. 7, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Elysse Van Leer's second half goal provided Washington State with a 1-1 tie against No. 13 West Virginia in nonconference women's soccer at the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic, Sunday.
Van Leer's tally was the second of her WSU (1-1-3) career and came at 54:26 when she pounced on a loose ball after West Virginia (3-1-1) goalkeeper Kerri Butler couldn't handle a ball played into the box by Jacquelyn Roth.
"I am so proud of our players," WSU Assistant Coach Jason Goodson said. "When you play as well as we did (Friday against Illinois) and do not get a result, you worry about your team's effort the next time out. We responded very well against a tremendous West Virginia team and for the second-straight match played extremely well against two of the nation's best."
The Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead at 47:34 when Deana Everett scored off a header from Morgan Betscher. With less than two minutes left in regulation, Cougar goalkeeper Lindsay Parlee made a pair of saves to preserve the tie and force overtime. Parlee was impressive making eight saves as West Virginia outshot Washington State 24-9.
The Cougars' best chance for victory came about three minutes into the first overtime when Kiersten Dallstream chipped a ball passed Butler than went just wide.
Van Leer and Dallstream earned all-tournament honors. The duo and the rest of the Cougars will travel to UC Santa Barbara, Friday, Sept. 12 for a 7 p.m. match.