Oct. 30, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State picked up its second straight win in an overtime thriller Sunday, as the Cougars notched a 1-0 victory over Oregon. WSU moves to 10-7-2 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play.
"It was a difficult game," said WSU Head Soccer Coach Matt Potter. "Both teams are very evenly matched and it could have gone either way. We are ultimately very excited to get the win."
The two teams went scoreless through 75 minutes of play with possession see-sawing between the two aggressive squads. Oregon had a chance to go a goal up when the Ducks were awarded a penalty kick with 15 minutes left in regulation. Oregon's Nicole Garbin set up for the kick, launching a low shot at the right of the Cougar net. WSU keeper Katie Hultin made a spectacular save, lunging right to deflect the ball back into play.
"I don't guess, I just react," Hultin said of the save. "I think I had a little more of an advantage because I know Nicole and had played on a summer team with her. That gave me a little more adrenalin to make the save and I just knew it had to be done. We couldn't go down a goal."
The Cougars went on an offensive tear in the waning minutes of the half, launching a barrage of shots off a corner kick set piece and narrowly missed netting the game winner as a knuckling shot by Anna Miller hit the Oregon crossbar before regulation expired.
Washington State put the game away in the second minute of sudden victory overtime as Shaye Harrel slotted a ball to Alix Rustrum behind the Oregon defense. Rustrum broke away and sent a slow roller just left of charging Ducks keeper Julie Chatfield. Chatfield got a hand on the ball deflecting it left of the goal as she and Rustrum collided. Rustrum regained her footing and poked in the game winner just as the Oregon defense caught up to the play.
"I just got a good ball slotted to me," Rustrum said of her goal. "Shaye sent a great ball through. We had talked about slotting balls through the defense all day and found a hole. I was just happened to be there to put it away. I was just glad to get it down today."
Washington State out shot the Ducks 16-4 with Carmen Anderson, Miller and Harrel each contributing three shots to lead the Cougar offense. Hultin made three saves in the match and recorded her sixth shutout of the season. Chatfield had five stops in the match.
"It was a big goal by Alix," Potter continued. "I thought her work deserved it today and she deserved a moment like that to be the difference maker in the game. And for Katie to save a PK in her last opportunity at home in front of all her family in Cougarland, what greater moment could there be. This game leaves us a great memory for season, especially ending this way at home."
The Cougars play their final regular season match Friday, Nov. 4 as they travel to Seattle to face intrastate rival Washington at 5 p.m at Husky Soccer Field.