Nov. 9, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. --- After 120 minutes of physical play between Washington State and Oregon State Friday, the two teams walked away from Lower Soccer Field in near darkness with a 2-2 tie and nothing to add to their postseason resumes.
Both the Cougars and Beavers entered the match as NCAA Tournament bubble teams and needed a pair of victories this weekend. After a combined 34 shots and 32 fouls, neither team came away with the desired result.
"We are certainly disappointed with the loss," head coach Dan Tobias said. "I would say that we still have an outside chance (to make the NCAA Tournament) but we will have to wait and see. Stranger things have happened."
Oregon State struck first in the match as Jillian Nicks knocked in passes from Emily Hughes and Morgan Crabtree to give the Beavers a 1-0 advantage at the 50:25 mark.
It took the Cougars only four minutes to respond. True freshman Megan Cecchini scored her first-career goal on an assist from Beth Childs to knot the contest 1-1. The assist brought Childs' school record assist total to 24.
"We received some good performances from some of our younger players. Megan Cecchini scored her first college goal, Sara Silver-Hill got her first start up front, and Regina McGee, that was the most minutes she has played this season," Tobias said.
Washington State took the lead at the 78:59 when Rachel Rodrick beat Beaver goalkeeper Jo Fletcher on a penalty kick. It was Rodrick's seventh goal of the season.
That lead evaporated quickly as WSU committed a foul inside the box, setting up a penalty kick just 1:13 later for OSU. Lindsey Beem converted the attempt, tying the match at 2-2 where it would remain until the end.
Cougar goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen saved six shots while OSU's Fletcher thwarted three scoring attempts in the first stanza, but none over the final three periods, including the two overtime sessions.
"We were looking like we were close to closing out the game, we just didn't," Tobias said. "We had some great chances in both halves and found our flank players in good spots, but we didn't get the one-on-ones and get around people." The loss put Washington State's overall record at 7-8-1, 2-5-1 in the Pac-10. The Cougars have not played to a tie since a 0-0 draw with Arizona in 1998.