EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE women's soccer ended in a scoreless tie against Kansas State Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars move to 1-0-1 on the season while Kansas State is still looking for its first program win at 0-1-1.
"I told the team after regulation that a tie game was probably fair," said Head Coach Derek Burton. "I would say that we dominated in terms of real quality chances. At this point of the year, it's okay to walk away with that, but down the road in conference we have to put away chances and that's what we talked about."
SIUE started the game off quiet in the first half with three shots to the Wildcats' two. Despite no goals scored in the first half, both teams came out looking to play physical. The first half ended with eight fouls from Kansas State and seven from SIUE, including three Wildcat yellowcards and one yellowcard on the Cougars from Jorie Clawson.
Both teams increased their offensive production in the second half, with shots favoring SIUE 5-4. SIUE led the overtime production with five shots, all in the second overtime period. Junior Emily Grahl led the team with three, including a shot in the second half from inside the box that bounced off the far post.
Juli Rossi earned the first shutout of her career, making five saves in the 110 minutes.
"I'm proud of Juli," said Burton. "She works really hard and she's a great teammate. I'm happy for her to get the shutout. She had a couple of really big saves, none bigger than the one towards the end of the game. Hats off to Juli for sure."
The Cougars continued to show their depth as 19 players made an appearance, including 18 that played for double-digit minutes.
Next up for SIUE is a trip to Colorado where they face off with Denver Friday and Colorado State Sunday.
"We are looking forward to a great team trip to play some schools we have never played, to get out of region and see a beautiful part of the country and hopefully come back with some wins as well," said Burton.