Minnesota Draws with Washington State in Pullman
Aug. 19, 2017

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The Minnesota Golden Gopher soccer team battled the Washington State Cougars to a 0-0 tie in Pullman, Wash. to open the regular season.

The Gophers outshot the Cougars 14-9 in the contest, with three shots on goal for Minnesota. The game was a physical contest, with each team committing 12 fouls in the game.

"This is a very difficult place to play in, a tough environment. I thought we made them chase a lot tonight and it allowed us to open them up a bit and get some better looks," said head coach Stefanie Golan. "While we would have liked to get a win, coming out of this tough environment with a tie will allow us to learn and grow."

Kailee Sharp and the stout Minnesota defense kept the Cougars off the scoreboard for 110 minutes. Including the two exhibition games, Sharp has not allowed a goal in her first 190 minutes of action as a starting goalkeeper.

Early in the contest, both teams exchanged opportunities with the first shot for the Maroon and Gold coming from Molly Fiedler in the ninth minute.

Washington State nearly put the Cougars ahead of the Gophers in minute 19 when a shot went off the left post, then Sharp saved rebound opportunity to keep the game scoreless early.

Shortly after substituting in, Julianna Gernes had an excellent opportunity after a great cross from April Bockin, the shot sailed high, keeping the season opener at 0-0 at the end of the first half.

Maddie Gaffney and Nikki Albrecht sent early shots wide in the opening minutes of the second half. Washington State counterattacked, but could not finish after a great cross to the front of the net.

The Cougars continued to pressure the Gophers in the middle of the second half, but Tori Burnett kept coming up big. The senior captain came up with the biggest slide tackle of the game in the 65th minute to keep the Cougars off the board.

"Tori came up big on a few tackles tonight. I thought the entire back line did a great job at maintaining their line and getting good jumps to prevent any good opportunities for Washington State," Golan said.

Shortly after the slide tackle, junior captain Emily Heslin found herself just outside the box with a free kick. Heslin's shot sailed over the wall, and did not quite bend down enough, as the game remained tied.

By the 85th minute, Minnesota had an opportunity to strike. April Bockin had a free run, and was able to get to the right side of the net to put a rolling shot to the left side. The shot rolled just a foot outside the pipe, keeping the score at 0-0.

"April had one of the cleanest opportunities of the game, and as the season progresses that is going to be a situation where she buries that more than she misses it," Golan said.

Just before overtime, Sharp came up big. After a dangerous cross, Sharp dove forward, securing the ball and sending the game to overtime.

In overtime, the Cougars put the pressure on the Minnesota defense. Washington State combined for three shots to Minnesota's one.

Minnesota will return home to face North Dakota State University on Monday August 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.




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