Cougars Open 2006 With 2-1 Victory Over UNLV

Aug. 25, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State women's soccer kicked off its 2006 schedule in front of an enthusiast home crowd at Lower Soccer Field Friday, earning a 2-1 win over UNLV in the second game of the 2006 Cougar Classic tournament.

'We are obviously pleased to get off to a winning start, especially at home,' said head coach Matt Potter. 'We had a great crowd and the atmosphere they created was definitely a help throughout the match. I thought our performance was very solid for the first outing. We grew with the game and found out some things we can use in the future.'

The Cougars were first on the scoreboard as Anna Miller took advantage off a free kick opportunity at the 41:05 mark. Miller sent a driven ball from 18 yards out beating Rebel keeper Ciera Nero far post.

WSU added to its lead in the 64th minute as Brooke Bemis sent a 20-yeard chip shot over the head of the advancing UNLV keeper. Carly Dobratz and Natalie Elkind collected assists on the play.

The Rebels found the back of the net late in the second half with Katie Carney converting a penalty kick opportunity at the 80:59 mark. The two teams traded scoring chances as time wound down, with the Cougars nearly putting the game out of reach on an Elkind shot that hit the UNLV crossbar

WSU keeper Brynn Bemis, making her second career start, grabbed three saves while Nero made five stops for the Rebels. WSU out shot UNLV 13-7 with Brooke Bemis pacing the Cougar attack with five shots.

'I thought the team looked really good,' Brynn Bemis said. 'For a first game, its the best I've seen for the past three years.'

Washington State wraps up the 2006 Cougar Classic Sunday, as they take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at 2 p.m. in the final match of the weekend.

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