Arizona State and Washington played to a scoreless tie Friday night in Tempe, keeping pace in a tight Pacific-12 Conference, where two points separate second from seventh place.
The Sun Devils (8-6-1, 3-3-1) outshot the Huskies (7-6-3, 3-1-2) 26-10 and controlled the ball for most of the match, but they could not squeeze one past sophomore goalkeeper Megan Kufeld, who made 11 saves.
“Us to take 26 shots and not get a goal is just an unusual night,” ASU coach Kevin Boyd said. “We need to get a little closer to the goal, and get a higher percentage, naturally. We definitely went after them, we played pretty hard, I have no complaints.”
ASU’s best chance in the first half came in the 21st minute off the foot of leading scorer Cali Farquharson, who hit the top cross bar. The sophomore from Phoenix’s Shadow Mountain has nine goals on the year.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Huskies’ Jaclyn Softli raced in on goal, beat goalkeeper Chandler Morris, and seemingly appeared on her way for the go-ahead goal, before Jasmine Roth blocked her shot.
The Sun Devils had a corner kick with three minutes remaining in the second overtime, but could not convert any offense.
“We have a tradition of pulling through in the last couple seconds, but it didn’t happen tonight,” said ASU senior defender Kaitlyn Pavlovich, who is from Gig Harbor, Wash., and also mentioned she knew some of the opposing players. “It’s pretty even (in the Pac-12), you never know, it’s anybody’s night.”
ASU senior Devin Marshall, who has six goals this season, recorded four shots and displayed tremendous footwork and ball control.
“It’s better to get a tie than a loss,” Marshall said. “We hit the crossbar more times than we would have liked. As a forward, it’s a bit frustrating not to get any goals with the amount of chances we had tonight. I’m happy to have ended on a great senior year, we battled all week and it showed here tonight.”
The Sun Devils will next face Washington State, which blanked Arizona 4-0 Friday, at 1 p.m. Sunday in Tempe. The Cougars improved to 10-3-3 and 3-3-1 in the Pac-12, while the Wildcats fell to 7-6-3 and 2-5 and are preparing to host the Huskies at noon Sunday. Arizona forward Jazmin Ponce was named conference Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 22, as well, after scoring twice in an overtime win over USC.
No. 2 UCLA (5-0-1) tops the conference with 16 points, Washington is second, and ASU, Colorado, Utah, California, Stanford, and WSU are all just behind the Huskies by a slim margin.