Soccer ends regular season in draw

WSU will now wait, hope to be selected to NCAA tournament



Then-junior defender Brianna Alger looks for where to kick the ball to during the game against James Madison University on Sept. 1, 2019 at the Lower Soccer Field.

DAYLON HICKS, Evergreen reporter

The WSU soccer team tied the No. 22 Washington Huskies 0-0 in the last game of the regular season on Friday on the Lower Soccer Field.

The Cougars (6-3-3, 2-2-3) offense struggled to get the ball rolling in the second Apple Cup of the season. The Huskies (9-3-3, 5-3-3) won by a score of 2-1 in their first matchup on March 19.

The overtime contest against the Huskies was the fourth of the season for the Cougars in Pac-12 play, as WSU moved to 1-0-3 in such contests.

Senior goalkeeper Marissa Zucchetto had a career-high 13 saves en route to the 0-0 draw in two overtimes.

The 13 saves from the Ontario-native was the first double-digit save performance for a WSU keeper since Ella Dederick provided 11 saves for the Cougars against Colorado in October 2015. The total is now tied for the fourth-most in program history. The most goals saved by a Cougar was Natalie McDowell who had 18 against UC Santa Barbara in October 1993.

While Zucchetto and the defense for the Cougars were able to hold the Huskies to zero goals, the offense fell short with opportunities as WSU struggled to get behind the Huskies’ back-line.

Although there were no scored goals in the 110-minute match, Washington dominated the possession of the ball. The Huskies shot the ball 24 times, 13 of them on goal, compared to WSU’s 5 and none on goal.

Senior forward Elyse Bennett had a golden opportunity to put the Cougars on the scoreboard in the first overtime at the 99-minute mark, but her shot drifted just wide of the goal. The Cougars’ offense was held without a goal for just the fourth time this year.

WSU maintained their streak of not allowing the cross-state rivals to win in Pullman. The last time Washington won an away match against the Cougars was in November 1996. The draw against the Huskies also snapped a two-match losing streak for the Cougars against the Huskies.

The draw also moved WSU down in the Pac-12 standings, falling to ninth place. The Huskies were able to move up in the standings to third place.

WSU ended their regular season having played 12 games, scoring 17 goals, 16 assists and 50 points. The Cougars’ 12 games played turned out to be the least in the conference due to the four matches canceled due to COVID-19 complications.

The Cougars now will sit and wait as they hope to be selected into the NCAA tournament. The selection show is on Monday and the first round of action begins on April 27.