Cougar Soccer Blanks Idaho in Season Opener
Aug. 21, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State scored three-first half goals and the 21st-ranked Cougars blanked Idaho 3-0 to open their 20th Anniversary Season, Friday at Lower Soccer Field.
Freshman Brandi Vega scored the first goal of the match when she received a cross from redshirt-junior Mallory Fox and beat Idaho (0-1-0) goalkeeper Liz Boyden from four yards on out on the left side at the 17:15 mark.
Senior Kiersten Dallstream made the score 2-0 at 30:00 when she beat Vandal defender in the box and scored from eight yards out on the right side.
The Cougars dominated the match with 21 shots to Idaho's four, including a 10-0 advantage in the second half, and 11 corner kicks to zero for the Vandals.
'It was a fantastic preseason, but there is nothing like playing on a gameday,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'There was energy and excitement. The crowd was here. It was a different feeling. It was nice to have a clean sheet to start the season.'
Brandi Vega became the first true freshman to score WSU's first goal of the season since Ashley Honda in 1999...tally came at 17:15, the earliest into a season since Molly Alexander at 8:34 in 2005...Vega, along with fellow-freshmen Mariah Cameron, Melanie Johnston and Shannon McFadden started in their collegiate debuts...junior transfer Meghan Berlingo started and made one save in net during 76:31 in her Cougar debut...redshirt-freshman Megan Murphy and freshman goalkeeper Ariana Byrd also made their collegiate debuts...senior Kiersten Dallstream raised her career-goal total to 18 and her collegiate point total to 45, both tied for fifth in WSU history...Cougars recorded their four-straight shutout at home dating back to last season and have not given up a goal at Lower Soccer Field in the last 436:45...attendance of 1,007 was the third-largest home crowd in WSU history.