The Cougars concluded the regular season in Seattle Thursday night and extended their unbeaten streak against the Huskies as they posted a double overtime 0-0 draw.
Coming into the match the Cougars were sitting comfortably on a two game winning streak from the Arizona schools and had a 12-6-2 record. The Huskies were 7-8-3 and were looking to bounce back from a loss to Arizona State but couldn’t find the back of the net.
In front of 1,712 fans as well as a national television audience, the Cougars put some early pressure on the Husky defense. With several opportunities to score from both sides of the field, the ball wasn’t going past the goalkeepers Gurveen Clair for WSU and Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann for UW as they both recorded several saves.
"We had a fantastic effort," Head Coach Matt Potter said. "Toward the end, we created some opportunities offensively and dealt with their counter attacks.”
This was the fourth straight meeting between the two schools that went into overtime and the Cougars have not lost to the UW since Potter’s first season with the Cougars in 2003. Potter said that he couldn’t be more proud of the seniors.
The match marked the final regular season game seniors Ali Fenter, Tiara Pittman and Jacquelyn Roth would play in as Cougars and look to the future of a possible post-season appearance.
This season the Cougars were a handful for every match-up posting 0.63 goals against average, 86.4 save percentage and only allowed 14 goals. All these numbers are currently the best in school history.
Much of the season’s success came from using a combination of players throughout the team whether they were underclassmen, starters or bench players, which gives the Cougars something to look forward to in the seasons to come.
“Our freshman class has been exceptional all year,” Potter said. I think a lot of the credit goes to our returnees for making them feel welcome and the way they tried to educate and help them through a season.”
With the tie putting the Cougars at 12-6-3 for the season, they finish the season as a top five team in the Pac-12 after Cal dropped a match to Stanford on Saturday. They find out if they will receive a bid to play in the NCAA tournament this week.