Washington State Delivers Convincing Win Over Montana
Sept. 7, 2003
Head coach Matt Potter recorded the first win of his Washington State career Sunday, Sept. 7 beating Montana 4-0 on the Lower Soccer Field.
The Cougars long awaited first goal was scored by senior forward Rachel Rodrick in the 15th minute of the game. Rodrick, who is ranked fourth in WSU's all-time list for career goals, took on several Montana defenders and then ripped a left-footed shot from the top of the 18 yard box into the upper-right hand corner of the goal.
Another WSU opportunity came just under 30 minutes into the first half when senior forward Nicole Wilcox took a hard shot that bounced off of the upper post and out to senior forward Shelby Brownfield. Brownfield took the ball off her chest and volleyed it into Grizzly keeper Sarah Braseth.
WSU defender Megan Cecchini scored the second goal of the season from a 38 yard free kick. The shot bent around a Montana wall, pinging the left-side post as it went in.
Montana had a penalty kick opportunity midway through the second half due to a foul called on senior defender Mariette Boyce who was tangled up with Montana forward Lindsay Winans. Grizzly forward Jamie Rizzuto took the shot, but put the ball right of the goal.
After creating several opportunities throughout the match, Wilcox finally got her own goal, running onto a long pass from Rodrick, beating Braseth and defender Bemoni Alidjani, and dribbling the ball into the net.
Montana defender MacKenzie Murphy was issued a yellow card at the 66:18 mark for clipping a WSU player.
The shutout is Katie Hultin's first of the year and first of her career. Hultin recorded five saves, while Braseth had 10.
'It is great to go into this week with a victory,' Potter said. 'Montana is a good, organized team with a great coaching staff.
'Sometimes winning does not come down to who created the most chances, but who had the fewest mistakes, and we know as a team we have let in goals that we can hold ourselves accountable for. Looking forward even though we scored four goals, a huge positive for me was that we didn't let any in. It was great to be home this weekend. Our fans were great and we really appreciate them coming out.'
The Cougars play Friday, Sept. 12 at Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m.