Last night, WSU women's soccer remained undefeated as they defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs in over time, 1-0. WSU grad transfer Averie Collins sent a lazer from 20 yards away just 9 seconds into OT for the win in Spokane Thursday night.
Gonzaga started OT with posession, but the cougs quickly pressured the Bulldogs into a turnover. Collins took the ball up the left side of the field where she surveyed the defense, and was looking to pass the ball to her teammate, and roomate, Morgan Weaver, but the defense never closed out on her, so she let her shot rip. It was a perfect strike, and I don't know many keepers, man or woman who could've stopped the shot.
It was the first game the No. 17 Cougs (4-0-0) have scored fewer than four goals in a match, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Heading into OT, WSU had launched 23 shots on goal, including seven on target, but Gonzaga keeper Isabel Jones came up with a number of spectacular saves to keep the game locked at 0-0, heading into overtime.
The Cougars nearly gave the game away a few minutes later, as Gonzaga made a late push in front of more than 1,100 fans after ceding possession most of the night. WSU keeper Ella Dederick got caught out of position near the top of the box when the Cougs turned it over from about 35 yards out. Facing an open net, the Bulldogs player sent her rushed chip wide of the goal and the best chance for Gonzaga bounced harmlessly out of bounds.
WSU's next game is against the visiting Michigan Wolverines next Friday.