TEMPE, Ariz. – Despite a 26-10 advantage in shots, the Arizona State women’s soccer team was unable to find the back of the net on Friday night as it played Washington to a scoreless tie.
The Sun Devils (8-6-1, 3-3-1 Pac-12) put nearly half (12) of their shots on frame, but were not able to get anything by Washington goalkeeper Megan Kufeld, who made 11 saves for the Huskies (7-6-3, 3-1-2).
“Normally when you get that many shots you are going to get a goal,” said ASU head coach Kevin Boyd. “We just need to work on getting closer to the goal and be calmer so we are not rushing our chances. Also, you have to compliment the opposing team because they made it difficult for us with their pressure. They tied [No. 2] UCLA earlier this season. They are good at their system and defend really well.”
Although the Sun Devils did not come away with the win, Boyd liked what he saw from his team on Friday.
“I thought we got a real solid performance from every player on the field,” said Boyd. “When you do that you are going to be able to keep the ball more, you are going to defend with pressure better – which we did really well – and you are going to be able to create more chances.”
Devin Marshall led ASU with 11 shots as the senior forward was creating opportunities for herself and her teammates throughout the game. Marshall had four shots on goal. Also posting multiple shots on goal for ASU were senior midfielder Holland Crook, sophomore forward Sara Tosti and freshman defender Larisa Staub, who had two each.
Chandler Morris recorded her sixth shutout of the season, as she complimented a strong effort from ASU’s back line, which allowed only two shots on goal. The lone save Morris was credited with was a big one as she came charging out of her box to thwart a shot by Husky junior forward Jaclyn Softli, who broke free for a one-on-one opportunity in the 55th minute. Softli nearly got a second attempt on an open net as she maintained her balance after Morris’ diving save. However Sun Devil senior defender Jasmine Roth was able to beat Softli to the ball and kick it out of bounds, ending Washington’s best scoring threat of the game.
For ASU, which was playing its first game at home since Sept. 29, Friday’s outcome represented the first time it tied a game since last October when it played Oregon State to a 1-1 draw in Corvallis, Ore. The tie against the Beavers started a five-game unbeaten streak for the Sun Devils (4-0-1), which eventually propelled them to the NCAA Tournament.
The Sun Devils return to action on Sunday when they host Washington State at 1 p.m. The game can be seen live via live stream by at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university.