Arizona State soccer (8-5-2, 0-4-2) is still looking for its first conference win. However, the Sun Devils certainly showed fight on Friday. Washington State (10-2-2, 4-1-1) raced out to a two-goal lead in the first half, but ASU responded to earn a 2-2 draw.
The Sun Devils desperately needed a boost following Elyse Bennett’s 30th minute goal to put the Cougars up 2-0. Eva van Deursen and Olivia Kearse-Thomas answered the call. The Dutch midfielder didn’t get a clean strike on the ball, however, it put the ball in prime position for Kearse-Thomas. She wasted no time sending the ball into the back of the net to bring the Sun Devils within one heading into halftime.
The score got evened quickly in the second half. Kearse-Thomas chip a beauty of a through ball over Washington State’s backline. Nicole Douglas then won a footrace to the ball against Washington State keeper Nadia Cooper to score the equalizer.
Arizona State didn’t manage to beat Cooper enough. The Sun Devils played like a team that deserved three points, but 10 saves from Cooper certainly made the difference.
The Sun Devils don’t play the rest of the week. They will return to action at Stanford on Oct. 21.