Sept. 9, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Washington State women's soccer team battled fourth-ranked Virginia to a 0-0 draw, Friday night at the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.
While the mascot of Virginia (6-0-1) is the Cavalier, it was the gallant effort of Washington State (4-1-1) that earned the Cougars the draw.
Washington State left Pullman Wednesday night, but ran into travel delays on its way to the East Coast. The team's plane circled around Pittsburgh due to thunderstorms in the area. When the plane finally landed at Reagan National Airport, it was forced to sit on the tarmac because of lightning. A two-half hour drive to Charlottesville followed and the Cougars did not get to their hotel until 9:15 Thursday night.
"Considering our travel and the time change, to get a result against an incredibly gifted and talented Virginia team speaks volumes about our character, Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "We defended with great discipline and made good tactical adjustments. I am very proud of our performance."
Washington State had a few chances to score. Junior Brandi Vega's shot in the 40th minute was tipped over the bar by Virginia goalkeeper Chantel Jones. Vega's shot in the 79th minute was just high and sophomore Rachael Doyle's free kick from the top of the box just over a minute later missed its mark.
Redshirt-freshman Gurveen Clair made four saves for the Cougars, including one in each of the two overtime periods.
Washington State takes on Central Florida, Sunday at 8 a.m. Pacific Time in Charlottesville.
Washington State recorded its best performance all-time against a nonconference team ranked in the top five nationally...Cougars' lone tie prior to Friday was 1-1 at No. 5 Santa Clara, Oct. 27, 1996...also equaled best all-time result on the road against a top five opponent...Washington State tied 0-0 at No. 4 UCLA, Oct. 23, 2005 and at No. 5 USC, Oct. 12, 2008.