With the football team on a bye and not practicing on Thursday, the WSU women's soccer team took center stage. The Cougars traveled to Stanford to face the No. 2 Cardinal on the Pac-12 Network. For a period in the second half, it looked as if WSU might manage to get a result.
After going down 2-0 fairly quickly, WSU was able to score two first half goals to tie the match. Stanford went ahead in the 62nd minute, but WSU nearly equalized on a couple of occasions. If not for some fantastic saves by the Stanford goalkeeper, WSU may have come away with at least one point. While that may not seem like much, consider the fact Stanford goaltender Emily Oliver has a career record of 46-1-1.
Limited highlights of the match via the Pac-12 Network are available below.
The Cougars will continue a tough week with a match at No. 18 California on Sunday. WSU entered Thursday matches with 10 points, good for fourth in the Pac-12. They finished with 20 points last season on a team which made the NCAA tournament. With the limited knowledge of the women's soccer tournament, I'd say the Cougars appear to be in position to receive a berth this season if they continue to play well over the final five regular season matches.
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