Stroh Leads Cougar Soccer Past Portland State

Sept. 28, 2001

TIGARD, Ore. --- Junior Katrina Stroh scored two goals to give Washington State (3-2-0) a 4-2 victory over Portland State (0-8-1) Friday night.

Stroh's first two goals of the season moved her into a tie for sixth on the career list with 12, and gave the Cougars their third-straight win. Despite the victory, head coach Dan Tobias is looking for a much better performance out of his team Sunday against No. 4 Portland.

'It was a good result because it was a victory,' Tobias said. 'But when you want to demonstrate that you are the better team on a particular day, you have to do it with a 90-minute performance, and we didn't do that today.'

Sophomore Rachel Rodrick opened the scoring in the 17th minute, taking a pass from Liz Duncan to give WSU the lead.

Stroh added another goal 22 minutes later to give the Cougars a 2-goal cushion going into halftime.

'It was nice to see them (Rodrick and Stroh) get going today,' Tobias said. 'I told them before the game that they were going to get their goals because they just seemed to be pressing a little bit.'

The Vikings did respond, however. PSU's Victoria Upchurch scored just over nine minutes into the second stanza to pull within a goal.

That's as close as it would get, as sophomore reserve Jenna Wirtz converted her only shot into a goal off another pass from Duncan. Stroh knocked in her second goal of the match 17 minutes later to put any thoughts of a Viking comeback to rest.

Washington State played its second-straight match without All-Pac-10 goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen, who is out with an injured foot. Jorgensen could be back for Sunday's match against Portland.

The Cougars have now given up seven goals on the season, all in the second half. That's a statistic that Tobias is all too aware of.

'I think the team recognizes the areas that we are breaking down in,' the fourth-year coach said. 'But tonight Portland State outworked us and capitalized on our mistakes. We have to be more consistent on the defensive side. We can't get caught chasing the ball, and we need to limit the opponent's time and space with the ball.'

Sunday's match is slated for 2:15 at Portland's Merlo Field.

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