Sept. 16, 2007
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Sophomore Kiersten Dallstream scored two goals to provide Washington State a 2-1 come-from-behind, double-overtime victory over Princeton in nonconference women's soccer at the Notre Dame Inn at Saint Mary's Classic, Sunday.
Dallstream, a native of Fountain Hills, Ariz., notched the game-winner, the first of her career, 31 seconds into the second overtime from 35 yards out. Sophomore Jenny Christoph from Scottsdale, Ariz., picked up an assist on the game-winner, her third straight game with a point.
After a scoreless first half, Princeton (0-4-1) took a 1-0 lead on Vicki Anagnostopoulous's goal at the 47:46 mark. Dallstream notched the equalizer for the Cougars (4-0-1) at 69:32 when she beat Tigers' goalkeeper Maren Dale in the box after a long pass from sophomore Maggie Dougher.
Dallstream's first goal marked the fifth time this season WSU has tied a match after trailing by a goal. Her second tally gave the Cougars their second come-from-behind win of the season.
"We put in a much better effort today than we did Friday and that is a sign of our program getting better," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "At times, our possession and endeavor allowed us to be the more dominant team. When we went down a goal, we showed an ability to play at a quicker pace and turn it up a notch."
Princeton had an opportunity to break the tie in the 72nd minute, but Cougar senior goalkeeper Brynn Bemis made a diving save of Jen Om's penalty kick to preserve the deadlock.
Bemis, Dallstream, senior Natalie Elkind and redshirt-freshman Mallory Fox were each named to the all-tournament team. Bemis earned the tournament's goalkeeper and defensive most valuable player awards.
The win was the fourth-straight away from home (two on the road, two at neutral sites) for the Cougars, their longest streak since a four-game stretch in 2002, the last time WSU advanced to postseason. The Cougars are undefeated through five games for the second time in school history. WSU won its first five matches of the 2002 season.
In the first half, the Cougars outshot the Tigers 8-4 and had the best scoring chance of the match when Brooke Bemis's shot in the crossbar in the 17th minute.
WSU, which outshot Princeton 19-11 in the game, also had a scoring chance in the 55th minute when an Allison Scurich shot bounced off a Princeton defender and the near post before it was cleared.
"It was a fantastic weekend for us," Potter said. "We have to build on it and prepare for another road trip next weekend."
Next weekend, WSU travels to Las Vegas for the UNLV Rebel Classic. The Cougars will play host UNLV Friday, Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m. and Nevada Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m.