Cougar Soccer Uses Second Half Surge To Down Arizona

Oct. 28, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. --- The Washington State women's soccer team used a run of three goals in just under nine minutes to tie, take the lead, and put away the Arizona Wildcats 3-1 Sunday at the Lower Soccer Field.

The Cougars dominated the day statistically, outshooting Arizona 26-7, and firing off a school record 16 corner kicks compared to only two for the Wildcats.

Despite the big numbers, WSU still found itself facing a one-goal deficit after the first 45 minutes of play. That goal was provided by freshman Vanesha Bailey on a pass from fellow rookie Candice Wilks at the 40:37 mark.

'We were a little disappointed in the goal we gave up, but you have to give a lot of credit to Arizona,' Cougar head coach Dan Tobias said.

The Cougars, who lost after scoring the first goal against Arizona State Friday, turned the tables against Arizona and exploded out of the gates in the second stanza. Sophomore Rachel Rodrick got it going first, using a header off a cross by freshman Meghan Cecchini to tie the match in the 51st minute.

Just two minutes later, freshman Cailan McCutchan took a corner kick from Beth Childs and knocked it in to give Washington State the 2-1 lead. It was McCutchan's second goal of the season.

But the Cougars' flurry was not over. Rodrick dished to junior Katrina Stroh, who dribbled in and out of Wildcat traffic and slotted a beautiful goal in the upper right corner past Arizona goalkeeper Shannon Monti.

'That's her bread and butter move, that little cutback,' Tobias said. 'She scored a couple of goals like that last year. That was a brilliant goal.'

Defensively, the Cougars gave sophomore goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz, who started in place of Lindsey Jorgensen, a fairly stress-free 90 minutes of work. Leibowitz made three saves and allowed only one goal on seven Wildcat shots. In stark contrast, Arizona's Monti was busy all day, making 10 saves and allowing three goals on 26 shots.

'Our movement off the ball was much better in the second half,' Tobias said. 'We did a better job of keeping the game in front of us, which was good because they have some really fast players.'

The win advanced WSU's record to 7-6-0 overall, and 2-3-0 in the Pac-10. Arizona dropped to 5-9-1, 2-4-0 in conference.

'We wanted the sweep, but this is a great way to finish the weekend. We are excited,' Tobias said. 'We played well today and the performance was good. We played well Friday, but didn't get the result. Today was a good match.'

The Cougars hit the road, a place where they have played 10 of 13 matches this season, to face USC and UCLA in Los Angeles next Friday and Sunday.

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