Cougar Soccer Knocks off Nationally-Ranked USC
Nov. 11, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Carly Dobratz netted the game-winner in the second half to lift Washington State past USC 2-1 in Pacific-10 women's soccer Sunday at Lower Soccer Field.
Dobratz's goal came at 54:42 from eight yards out on the left side when she squeezed the ball between USC goalkeeper Kristin Olson and the left post to break a 1-1 tie. Senior Anna Miller and sophomore Kiersten Dallstream assisted on the goal. For Miller it was the 14th assist of her career, tied for fourth all-time at WSU.
In defeating the Trojans (14-3-2, 6-2-1 Pacific-10), the Cougars (11-5-3, 4-4-1) broke a 13-match losing streak against top-five opponents. USC entered Sunday ranked fourth by Soccer Buzz. It was the Cougars' third straight home victory over the Trojans and gave eight WSU seniors a triumph in their final appearance at home.
"Anytime you can end your regular season in front of your home crowd is a good opportunity," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "It was a great atmosphere today with our fans and our band here. At times, it was like having an extra person on the field."
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when Dobratz sent a pass to the top of the box from the left side and Dallstream got just enough of a touch on the ball to slip it past the charging Olson. The score was the 10th of the season for Fountain Hills, Ariz., native tying her for eighth on the WSU single-season list. Her three-point game raised her season total to 24, tied for 10th on the school single-season list.
USC pulled even at 23:27 when Ashley Nick's header was tipped by WSU senior goalkeeper Brynn Bemis, ricocheted off the cross bar and was headed in by Amy Rodriguez. The goal was the only blemish for Bemis who recorded a season-high 10 saves and moved into 10th place on the Cougar single-season list with 80. She posted her 11th win of the season, third best in WSU history.
"I think we wanted the game more because we had more at stake than USC," Bemis said. "It was senior day and we are playing for a bid to the NCAA Tournament."
Senior midfielder Natalie Elkind made her 76th career start to tie a Washington State record. The Encinitas, Calif., native and the rest of the Cougars will find out Monday at 5 p.m. if they are selected for a NCAA at-large berth.
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