The Washington State soccer team (7-2-3, 2-2-1) is in a scoreless tie with the Oregon Ducks (6-5-2, 2-2-1) at half time. WSU has been unable to to capitalize on several opportunities that its offense has created throughout the half.
WSU’s best offensive opportunity came on a pass by midfielder Mesa Owsley sent a deep pass to forward Kaitlyn Johnson, but Oregon defender Caitlyn Wong kicked away Johnson’s shot. Johnson took the resulting corner kick; which led to a scrum, and a shot that was corralled by Oregon goal keeper Lauren Holden.
Washington State forward Kourtney Guetlein was fed a beautiful pass by Cara Wagner in the 40th minute, but her shot sailed over the cross-bar. Guetlein had been open in front of the net and Holder was near the top of the box, away from the net. It was the best opportunity the Cougars had created in 15 minutes.
The Cougars created another offensive opportunity Johnson passed the ball to forward Beau Bremer in the 12th minute. Bremer was unable to coral the ball and Oregon midfielder Marlo Sweatman kicked the ball away. Another offensive opportunity came in the 15th minute off of a deep pass by defender Jamie Schnieders, but Oregon ‘s defender headed teh ball away and it went out of bounds. WSU was unable to convert on the inbound pass.
Jeffers created another opportunity for WSU, as she sent a beautiful pass to a wide open Johnson. Johnson was called or offsides though as she was angling for a shot.
Washington State’s first opportunity came in the sixth minute when defender Susan White passed it to forward Jocelyn Jeffers. Jeffers lost control of the ball and Oregon’s back line held strong against the Cougar attack.
Oregon also had an early chance in the first half, as the Ducks earned a corner kick in the second minute. The kick was off the cross-bar and pulled WSU Clair out of the goal and left the net vulnerable. Fortunately, White cleared the ball out of the box with a booming kick. Midfielder Kiyomi Cook had Oregon’s next best offensive opportunity (in the 36th minute), but her shot was well above the cross bar.