PULLMAN, WA – (WSUCougars.com) Jocelyn Jeffers converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute and No. 24 Washington State earned a draw with No. 25 Washington in Pac-12 Conference women’s soccer, Friday at Lower Soccer Field.
Jeffers, one of six Washington State (10-4-4, 5-4-2 Pac-12) seniors playing their final regular season match at home, tallied her team-leading fourth goal of the season. The penalty kick was awarded after Nicolle Marlow’s shot was played by a Washington (12-6-2, 5-4-2 Pac-12) defender in the box.
“I really like the way we have played for the last four weeks,” Cougar Head Coach Steve Nugent said. “We responded after going down a goal to our rival and came away with a point. I thought we created more of the quality chances today and look forward to our season continuing next week in the NCAA Tournament.”
The Cougars outshot the Huskies 20-16, including 14-9 in regulation. Washington State doubled up Washington in corner kicks (6-3). Redshirt-senior Gurveen Clair made three saves for the Cougars while Megan Kufeld earned five saves for the Huskies. Washington was whistled for 18 fouls and issued three yellow cards. Washington State committed 12 fouls.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute on Chelsea Archer’s second goal of the season with an assist from Jaclyn Softli. With the draw, the Cougars extended their unbeaten streak over the Huskies to 11 years (7-0-4) and their home unbeaten streak over their arch rival to nine (6-0-3).
Washington State entered the match No. 18 in the NCAA RPI and expects to hear its name called when the Division I Soccer Championship selections are announced, Monday. The Cougars are seeking a fourth-straight trip to the postseason, a first for the program, and their sixth in the last seven seasons.
The public is invited to join the team for the selection show in the Rankich Room on the club level of Martin Stadium. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the announcements begin at 1:30 p.m.
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