WSU Beats No. 12 Washington 3-2
Oct. 29, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's (8-6-3, 3-3-1 Pac-10) Cailan McCutchan scored a goal and assisted the game winner in the 3-2 upset over No. 12 Washington (12-4-1, 3-3-1 Pac-10) Friday at Lower Soccer Field in a Pacific-10 Conference match. The defeat marks the first time since 2000 that the Cougars have beaten their intrastate rivals.
'We worked together, pushed each other, won the battles and we were unbeatable,' McCutchan said.
The Cougars took a 3-0 lead in the first 16 minutes of play with three shots on goal.
WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum scored her ninth goal of the season at the 1:36 mark, hitting a left-footed shot from outside of the Huskies 18-yard box. Rustrum finished into the far-right netting to take the 1-0 lead.
In her first game back after suffering a sprained ankle, McCutchan gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead less than five minutes later, heading in a Megan Cecchini corner kick just under the UW crossbar.
At the 15:44 mark Haley Thompson-Miller scored her fifth goal of the season to give WSU the 3-0 advantage. McCutchan split two Husky defenders with a pass to Thompson-Miller who finished to the right of UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen from eight yards out.
Washington's Tina Frimpong scored both Husky goals, finishing both shots she took in the match. The 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year scored her first goal of the match at the 22:21 mark. Husky Danni Bridges passed the ball to Frimpong who dribbled down the left-flank and slotted the ball past WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin into the far-post netting.
Frimpong cut the Cougar lead to 3-2 just over 38 minutes into the match following a Husky corner kick. Hultin cleared the Kelley Schweighart corner kick back into the Cougar eight-yard box where Frimpong was waiting to volley in the ball.
At the end of the first half Washington held a 7-6 edge over the Cougars in shots and a 6-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities. Hultin recorded three of her six saves in the first period while Rasmussen made two of her four in the half.
Both squads created scoring opportunities in the second half as each team increased their intensity level to earn the conference victory.
The Huskies came close to tying the match at the 82nd minute, but Cougar defender Cecchini made a crucial sliding save to clear the ball just two yards before it rolled into the WSU goal.
At the 76:10 mark Hultin was issued a yellow card after a collision with a Husky following one of four UW corner kicks in the half.
Washington State will finish its regular season play at home, facing California Friday at 2 p.m. and No. 17 Stanford Sunday, Nov. 7 at noon.