PROVO, Utah – Washington State earned every bit of its 0-0 draw at No. 17 BYU at South Field, Monday.
The Cougars outshot BYU 9-8 after intermission and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Gurveen Clair made nine saves in the match, including three of the spectacular variety. When one shot did get by Clair, redshirt sophomore defender Susie White cleared a ball headed for the Cougars’ goal.
“We feel good about what happened (tonight),” Washington State Head Coach Steve Nugent said. “We’re excited about what’s going on in our locker room. This is a tough place to play and there are a ton of positives that came out of it. Gurveen Clair was world class tonight.”
Clair’s first test came in the fourth minute when she was forced to make a sprawling save. Twice, she came way out of the net to make deny a 1v1 opportunity for BYU. Her final big play occurred in the 32nd minute and the rebound was destined for an open net when White intervened.
Washington State’s best scoring chance came in the 10th minute when senior Jocelyn Jeffers fed a pass to junior Cara Wegner. A bullet off the foot of Wegner was tipped over the crossbar. In the second overtime, Jeffers had her own scoring opportunity, but her header was just wide of the near post.
The Cougars tied a school record with their fifth-straight shutout dating back to last season. Washington State has not given up a goal in a school-record 562 minutes and 47 seconds.
Washington State returns home to face Montana, Sunday, Aug. 31 at noon. The match will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.