Awards and Postseason Highlight 2013 Cougar Soccer

BACK TO THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

The Washington State soccer team (14-3-4, 7-3-1 Pac-12) made an NCAA postseason appearance for the fifth time in six seasons…third-straight trip for the Cougars was a first in school history…Washington State hosted Illinois in the first round and was eliminated on penalty kicks…first NCAA postseason match in Pullman since 2000.
COACH McALPINE SAYS
“This was a year of amazing firsts. It was another step in the right direction for the Cougar soccer program. It was simply unforgettable.”
NSCAA HONORS
Senior forward Micaela Castain        
All-America Second Team
All-Pacific Region First Team
Senior defender Rachael Doyle        
All-Pacific Region Second Team
Junior midfielder Nicole Setterlund  
All-Pacific Region Second Team
Head Coach Keidane McAlpine        
Pacific Region Coach of the Year
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Academic Award
CASTAIN AND McALPINE TAKE HOME TOP HONORS IN PAC-12
Washington State senior forward Micaela Castain (player) and Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine (coach) were named best in the Pac-12 for 2013…first honor of each kind for Washington State in the Pac-10/12 era…Castain was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team…senior defender Rachael Doyle and junior midfielder Nicole Setterlund garnered All-Pac-12 Second Team…redshirt-freshman defender Susie White grabbed a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
WASHINGTON STATE NATIONALLY RANKED
Cougars were ranked in all-three top 25 polls at the end of the regular season…marks sixth season in the last seven Cougars have appeared in top 25 at some point during the year.
COUGARS EARN RUNNER-UP FINISH
Washington State won its last-five Pac-12 matches…streak included road victories against Arizona and Arizona State, home wins over No. 21 California and No. 6 Stanford and a triumph in Seattle against Washington…streak vaulted Cougars to second place finish in the Pac-12 behind UCLA, the 2013 national champion…wins over Bay Area schools marked first time since 2004 Washington State defeated nationally-ranked opponents in back-to-back matches…first win over Stanford since 2003 and first over Cardinal in Pullman since 1993…victory over Huskies improved Cougars to 7-0-3 in their last-10 matches against their arch rival…first time since 2002 Washington State won five-straight…first time since 2005-06 Cougars captured five-consecutive victories in conference play…Washington State’s 14 wins tied a school record.
CLEAN SHEETS
Cougars posted a school-record 15 shutouts…Washington State registered school-record, five-straight clean sheets, Aug. 30-Sept. 13…on the road, Cougars notched school record eight shutouts and have four-straight matches without yielding a goal on opponents’ turf for the first time in school history…Washington State’s 0.50 goals against average set a Cougar record and ranked seventh nationally.
PROTECT THE HOUSE
Washington State is undefeated in its last-25 meetings in Pullman against unranked, nonconference opponents.
FAST START
Washington State opened the season with a 7-0-3 record to mark the first time in school history Cougars were undefeated through 10 matches to start a campaign…extended unbeaten streak to school-record 14 matches dating back to 2012.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
Washington State’s senior class won 45 matches, tied for the best record by a four-year group in Cougar history…junior class has won 38 matches, a school record…sophomore class has 26 victories to tie a Washington State mark.
WASHINGTON STATE HEAD COACH KEIDANE McALPINE
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine completed his second year at Washington State, and his seventh year overall as a head coach...McAlpine finished 26-9-6 in Pullman and 66-57-17 overall…led Cougars to postseason in each of his two seasons in Pullman…McAlpine coached in his third NCAA postseason (Birmingham-Southern, 2004)…also helped lead Birmingham-Southern to the NAIA National Tournament in 2000 as an assistant coach.
MADNESS RECOGNITION
Senior forward Micaela Castain was named Madness Women’s Soccer Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and All-America First Team…named to Madness Women’s Soccer Pac-12 First Team along with senior defender Rachael Doyle and junior midfielder Nicole Setterlund…Keidane McAlpine was honored as Madness Women’s Soccer Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
DOYLE EARNS DISTRICT ACADEMIC HONOR
Senior defender Rachael Doyle earned Capital One CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic First Team…movement studies major with 3.95 GPA…second team selection in 2012…two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree (2012, first team and 2011, second team).
COUGARS RECEIVE PAC-12 ACADEMIC RECOGNITION
Senior defender Rachael Doyle was named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic First Team…movement studies major garnered a spot on the first team for the second-straight year…second team selection in 2011…nine Cougars received honorable mention from the Pac-12….Kayla Johnson (3.62 GPA, basic medical sciences major), a redshirt senior midfielder, is a four-time honoree by the Pac-12 after three-straight second team selections…senior defender Delaney Zalud (3.21, psychology) is a third-time recipient…junior forward Korynn Blanksma (3.04, undeclared), junior midfielder Jocelyn Jeffers (3.20, movement studies), junior midfielder Mesa Owsley (3.40, social sciences) and junior defender Jamie Schnieders (3.03, environmental sciences) were honored for the second-consecutive year…first-time recipients included redshirt junior goalkeeper Gurveen Clair (3.25, sport management), sophomore forward Kourtney Guetlein (3.70, undeclared) and redshirt freshman defender Susie White (3.82, undeclared). Guetlein and White received recognition in their first year of eligibility…Cougars have earned 124 all-conference academic awards over the last-11 seasons. The overall selections are second in the Pac-12 to California’s 132 during that span, but the Cougars hold a 19-3 advantage in first team honors over the Golden Bears and a 38-16 margin in first and second team awards combined.