Sept. 2, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Washington State won in dramatic fashion Friday at the Tennessee Soccer Complex as the Cougars topped No. 11 Tennessee 3-2 in sudden victory overtime. Carmen Anderson, Jennie Kunc and Megan Hyte each scored in the WSU victory.
"We are delighted to come out of Knoxville with a victory," said WSU Head Coach Matt Potter. "Tennessee is a very good team and presented a different challenge to us. The great thing about it was even when we went goals down, we did not give up the cause. It takes some character to go two goals down and come back and claw your way to a 3-2 win. There were a lot of players who worked beyond their limitations. As a coaching staff, we are obviously excited and hope to continue to build on those performances."
The Cougars battled back from a 2-0 deficit scoring two goals in two minutes late in the second half to force the overtime period. Anderson notched the first Cougar goal converting a penalty kick in the 83rd minute. Kunc knotted the contest 2-2 at the 85:14 mark, blasting a shot from the right wing that deflected off a Tennessee defender and into the net.
"We came in to the game knowing that it was going to be a tough atmosphere," Anderson said. "We knew we had serious challenge in front of us. We came out and everyone worked really hard. It was unfortunate to give up a those goals before and after the half, but we knew even though we were down we always had the chance to get that positive result."
The Lady Vols were first on the board after 44 minutes of scoreless play as Jackie Acevedo touched a ball back to Casey Crawford who beat WSU keeper Katie Hultin for the score. The Lady Vols struck again early in the second half when Genna Gorman knocked in a Kylee Rossi cross to put Tennessee ahead 2-0.
The teams struggling late into the overtime period before Hyte beat the Tennessee defense and launched a shot from the left side of the box. The ball hit the right post and bounced into the net ending the contest at the 99:47 mark. Hyte's tally marked her third consecutive game winning goal in three appearances as a Cougar.
"It was a huge team effort, "Anderson added. "Everyone continued to work hard and capitalized on opportunities that happened in the game and that's what made the overtime possible. Everyone's hard work and dedication paid off. If one person hadn't done their job, the win would not have happened. It took all we had, every single one of us."
Washington State out shot Tennessee 12-to-10 with eight Cougars contributing shots, led by Alix Rustrum with three. Hultin had two saves while Lady Vols keeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart had five.
The Cougars continue their Tennessee road trip, traveling to Nashville for an 11 a.m. (PDT) match-up against Vanderbilt Sunday, Sept. 4.