Ah, those crummy stats

As soon as the match reached the shootout, it had the feeling of disappointment, especially with that one, big glaring stat on the scoreboard – shots.

Portland 27, Washington 6.

And they weren’t just shots from Portland, but a lot of really good shots, forcing Washington’s keeper, Jorde Lafontaine-Kussman, to make a number of spectacular saves – 13 in all during the match.

So, Washington entered the shootout with a hot goalkeeper with nothing to lose as the host Pilots were a big favorite playing on their home turf Sunday in the second round of the  NCAA women's soccer playoffs.

Ugh, that scoreboard.

The Huskies were superb throughout the shootout, hitting near the posts on either side for all 11 rounds, missing only once wide to the left. Lafontaine-Kussman stopped one – hit directly in the middle of the goalmouth and got a hand on another to her left. The Pilot seemed to fear going all the way to the post, where any goalkeeper cannot make a save, but they only did that about half the shots.

As the rounds kept moving along, five, then six, then seven, eight, and the Huskies kept hitting just inside the post, the pressure just kept building, with that miss just waiting to happen. Then, in round 11, it did. Season over.

The Pilots have an exceptional group of underclass players, so they’ll be strong again next year, but that’s a season too late for the current group of seniors. They’ll be remembering the pressure of the shootout and that stat on the scoreboard – so many chances that didn’t did get fulfilled. Now they’re program alums.

 

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