Heartbreak at home: WSU falls in double overtime to No. 16 BYU


WSU senior forward Amy Neal battles a BYU defender for possession on August 19, 2016.

The WSU women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to No.16 BYU Friday night at Lower Soccer Field in its season-opening match. In an evenly matched affair in which the stat lines were nearly identical, WSU came up just short.

The tight contest went to double overtime with the score even at 1-1 before BYU’s Ashley Hatch scored her second goal of the game at 104:52 to seal the match.

“We will bounce back,” WSU Head Coach Todd Shulenberger said. “At midnight tonight we are moving on.”

Both teams had plenty of scoring opportunities early in the match, leaving no room for error for either goalkeeper.

WSU junior defender Kelsee Crenshaw committed an early foul in the 5th minute of the match to give BYU its first and only penalty kick of the game. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ella Dederick converted one of her six saves on the shot to keep the game even.

Ball possession was even up until the 29th minute when WSU senior Kaitlyn Johnson launched a shot into the upper left corner of the goal for the game’s first score, putting WSU up 1-0.

WSU led deep into the second half and maintained control of possession until Hatch netted her first goal of the match off a shot that ricocheted off the back of a WSU defender to even the score at 1-1.

The two teams tied in their last two meetings in 2010 and 2014, and it initially appeared that history was repeating itself as the game went into overtime after the 90th minute.

After the match remained tied after the first overtime, WSU junior Sofia Anker-Kofoed nearly won it for WSU in the first minute of the second overtime when a shot on goal sailed right of crossbar. With five minutes left, Hatch scored her second goal for BYU, securing a 2-1 victory.

Freshman forward Morgan Weaver showcased a promising future as a player at WSU, recording seven of the 18 total shots on goal for WSU.

“It feels pretty good,” Weaver said, “I could have done better. Hopefully they’ll go in next time.”

WSU will next take on No.19 Santa Clara at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Lower Soccer Field in Pullman.