Oct. 19, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. --- Despite limiting No. 4 Stanford to just five shots on goal, the Washington State women's soccer team left Maloney Field Friday night with a 2-0 loss to the 10-1-0 Cardinal.
"We have a very good team," Cougar head coach Dan Tobias said. "But we just haven't been able to put together 90 minutes. In this conference, you can't have those few lapses like we did tonight."
WSU shut down Stanford for the first 25 minutes of the match, denying the Cardinal a shot attempt and controlling the pace. The efficient Cardinal squad seized their first opportunity to score, however.
Sophomore Marcie Ward connected on her eighth goal of the season in the 26th minute to give Stanford a 1-0 advantage. Marcia Wallis and Amy Sauer were credited with the assist.
"We played well, especially in the first 25 minutes," Tobias said. "We had some near chances but we just didn't combine or connect."
Washington State equaled Stanford's shots on goal total with five, including one each by Beth Childs, Katrina Stroh, Megan Cecchini, Keegan Hughes, and Regina McGee, but could not convert against Cardinal goalkeeper Carrie Walsh.
"The few that we had, we thought they were good chances, but we just didn't put them away," Tobias said.
Cougar goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen made three saves on the day, but could not keep Becky Myers' shot out of the net in the 79th minute that sealed the victory for the Cardinal.
The loss dropped WSU's season record to 5-5-0, a 10-match span that includes nine road contests, while Stanford improved to 10-1-0 and 3-0-0 in Pac-10 play.
"We just have to trust the game plan. We seem to have some lapses, but we have good players and it's all fixable. That is the positive thing about it," Tobias said.