Nov. 11, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Already leading 1-0, the Oregon Ducks racked up three goals in under nine minutes early in the second half to put away Washington State 4-0 on Senior Day at the Lower Soccer Field.
"It's sad to see them go," Cougar head coach Dan Tobias said. "We didn't get to send those four great seniors out the way we wanted to and that's unfortunate. They have been a big part of our success."
Oregon's combination of Ann Westermark and Sarah Denner were a huge thorn in the side of Washington State and its outgoing seniors, as Denner provided the assist on two Westermark goals at the 28:59 and 57:48 marks.
The second Westermark goal came just minutes after Kim Morgan nearly tied the match with a wild series of shots inside the Oregon box. Morgan's first shot misfired off the left post. The sophomore rebounded the ball and had another good attempt thwarted by an Oregon defender, leaving Washington State empty handed on their best attempt to score.
"We were unable to convert, which was unfortunate," Tobias said. "They went down and got a corner kick right after that and we didn't clear it and they score. That's just the way it goes."
Chalise Baysa and Julie McClellan completed the scoring for Oregon, scoring goals six minutes apart to seal Washington State's fate.
"Coming into this weekend we were in position to make the NCAA Tournament if we got two victories," Tobias said. "We didn't get that result, but I thought we played well. Both teams capitalized every time we made a mistake and that's the tough thing about this conference.
"The positive thing is that it has come down to the last weekend of the regular season to decide the NCAA Tournament two years in a row. This year we needed two wins and we didn't get them."
The loss will probably end WSU's season with a record of 7-9-1, 2-6-1 in Pac-10 play. Of the Cougars' nine losses, six of them came to top 25 teams.