NCAA Tourney: Cougs upset UCF, Eags push USC to OT

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ORLANDO, Fla. – In one of the gutsiest defensive performances in Washington State history, the Cougs (10-7-3) took down the No. 8 and two-seeded Central Florida Knights (13-2-3), 1-0, Saturday night in the first round of NCAA Championships. The Cougs advanced thanks to the efforts of keeper Ella Dederick and her defensive mates as WSU handed the Knights just their second loss of the season while picking up the Cougs' 11th shutout of the year. Standing on her head throughout the night, Dederick came up with six crucial saves while the backline added three more stops on the line. On the other end, it was the Knights vaunted defense that suffered a fatal blow when an intended clearance on a Cougar cross was inadvertently headed into the home net in just the fifth minute of play.

Coach's Quote Of The Match
"We did what we had to do and then it was a little bit like the UCLA game.We had to fight for everything in the second half and we did. The good thing is in the conference we're in everyday this is what we see everyday. We're used to that. We're battle-tested. We're so excited. Everyone counted us out flying us from Pullman to Orlando. And here go the Cougs. We're excited. Back to business and on to the next round."

Things You Need To Know
- The Cougs moved on to the second round of the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in program history.
- WSU took down their second top-10 opponent of the year having already upset No. 2 UCLA earlier in the year. The Cougs improved to 4-3-1 against top-25 opponents on the year and 2-2 against the top-10.
- Ella Dederick recorded her 11th shutout of the season, second-most in program history while picking up her 18th career clean-sheet, tying Lindsey Jorgensen (1998-2001) for third all-time.
- Grace Hancock recorded her fifth defensive save of the season.
- The own goal was the first scored by a Coug opponent since Aug. 24, 2015 vs. Idaho.
- The Cougs move on to face Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Championships. The game is tentatively scheduled for Friday in Gainesville, Fla.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The No. 14 Eastern Washington University soccer team battled No. 3 Southern California to a double-overtime contest in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday (Nov. 11). After scoring first off of a Chloe Williams goal, the Trojans were able to score in both the 51st and 100th minute to take the 2-1 first-round victory.

""This is a tremendous group. We battled and came out and scored early on them and really defended well and hard," said head coach Chad Bodnar. "We worked hard and we put up a great performance. We were hoping to get that last goal and have things go our way at the end."

The Eagles got on the board first in the sixth minute. Aimie Inthoulay took her second shot on goal, and the keeper's save bounced to the foot of Chloe Williams who was there to net her 12th goal of the season.
 
It wasn't until the 19th minute that USC got its best chance to score, as Alex Anthony took a chip shot from 18 yards out, forcing Emily Busselman to come out of her box and be there to make the save.
 
Inthoulay put another shot on goal in the 26th minute but USC's keeper was just able to punch it out as it hit the crossbar.
 
The Trojans held possession at their end of the field for most of the remainder of the first half, but were unable score on the Eagle defense and Busselman who had three first-half saves. After 45 minutes of play, USC was outshooting EWU 14-6 with the 1-0 lead still in favor of the Eagles.
 
It took just USC six minutes into the half to net the equalizer behind the foot of Anthony, sending the match into a 1-1 tie.
 
Both sides would exchange numerous chances after that, with neither side able to capitalize. After 90 minutes of play, the match went into overtime with a 1-1 tie.
 
During the first overtime period, both teams were evenly matched on both sides of the field with USC taking three shots to EWU's none. Busselman was able to come up big with less than a minute remaining to send the match into the second overtime period.
 
Seventeen seconds into the second overtime period, the Trojans netted the gamewinner behind the foot of Erika Okuma as the Eagles fell to No. 3 USC, the defending national champions, in double-overtime.

WIN-LOSS RECORDS: Eastern finishes the season 16-6-1 overall, setting a program record for wins in a single season. USC improves to 15-3-1 and advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

TOP PERFORMERS: Emily Busselman made a career-high eight saves in the loss. Both Aimie Inthoulay and Chloe Williams took four shots, three of which were on goal. Senior Chloe Williams scored the 44th goal of her career to total 109 career points, both of which are Big Sky and Eastern Washington records.

KEY STATISTICS: USC outshot the Eagles 32-12. Eastern Washington had eight shots on goal compared to the Trojans' 10. In addition, USC took 15 corner kicks to the Eagles' three.

NOTEABLES: This was the second time in as many years that EWU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament and took on USC in Los Angeles. Last year, the Eagles fell by a score of 3-1 and the Trojans eventually won the national championship. EWU improved their seed from a No. 16 to 14, USC was a No. 2 seed last season

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