Sept. 5, 2004
The Washington State soccer team (1-1-1) held No. 8 Tennessee (1-1-1) scoreless for 110 minutes at Lower Soccer Field Sunday to walk away with a 0-0 tie. Starting WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin made 11 saves, three in overtime, to record her second shutout in three games.
"I am very proud of the team and the effort they put out on the field today," WSU head coach Matt Potter said. "Tennessee is a fantastic program with a great tradition and to walk away from playing them with a 0-0 tie is credit to the effort the players put in today."
Tennessee led statistically, out shooting the Cougars 28-9 over the double-overtime game and created seven corner kick opportunities compared to WSU's two. The only Cougars to record multiple-shots in the match were senior Megan Cecchini with four, three on goal and freshman Brooke Bemis with two. Hultin is 1-0-1 and has yet to surrender a goal this fall, recording 16 saves over 245 minutes in net.
"A tie is awesome against a top-ranked team," Hultin said. "Our defense was solid and we didn't get scored on which gives us confidence and shows us the level we can play at."
Tennessee out shot the Cougars 9-2 in the first half with Hultin recording two saves in the period including scooping up a 28-yard rip at the 27:05 mark.
The best WSU scoring opportunity in the first period came 35 minutes into the half when Carmen Anderson crossed the ball just out of the reach of Alix Rustrum and Natalie Elkind who were running into the Vols' 18-yard box.
The Cougars came out fast in the second half , creating one of their best scoring opportunities 1:25 in. UT goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart miss-played a loose ball at the top of the key that found Rustrum and Volunteer defender, Erica Griffin in a foot race toward the ball and open net. The freshman defender won position and deflected the ball out of bounds to protect the scoreless draw.
Hultin was forced to make six saves in the second period including a point-blank save on a Tennessee breakaway 65:36 into the match.
It looked like the Volunteers would walk away victorious after Kayla Lockaby scored less than a minute into the first overtime period but the goal was discounted by the referees because a Tennessee player was called offside.
With less than two minutes left in the match, Rustrum received the ball at the midfield line with no Volunteer defender behind her, but Griffin ran down Rustrum to thwart the WSU breakaway opportunity.
"(After last weekend) we had talked about being more organized and disciplined and I think we did that across the board today," Potter added. "To go into overtime and maintain that discipline and walk away with a scoreless result if reflective of the team's hard work."
Washington State will travel to Los Angles for the Loyola Marymount Tournament next weekend where the Cougs will face New Mexico Friday, at 1 p.m. and Northern Colorado, Sunday, at 11 a.m.