Second Half Surge Lifts Cougars Past San Jose State

Sept. 15, 2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. --- The Washington State soccer team advanced to 5-0 for the first time in program history, using two second half goals to break away from San Jose State for a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon.

The Cougars received their first goal just over 20 minutes into the match, as junior Kim Morgan converted a pass from senior Katrina Stroh to take the early lead. The assist moved Stroh into a tie for third on WSU's all-time list in that category.

The Spartans would respond, however, as Marie McCann pushed a free kick past Cougar goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz to tie the match at the 37:28 mark. It was the first goal Leibowitz has allowed all season, and proved to be the last she would surrender against San Jose State.

'It took us a little time to find our rhythm, attacking-wise,' WSU Head Coach Dan Tobias said. 'In the second half we had a bit more of the run of play and started getting in behind them. We had a couple of opportunities and their goalkeeper made a save, but we did a better job of moving the ball and moving without the ball.'

That movement finally enabled Mariette Boyce to give Washington State the go-ahead goal at the 60:06 mark on a free kick pass from Rachel Rodrick. Boyce got behind the defense and used her 5-10 frame to rise above the crowd and head the ball straight in. It was the West Linn, Ore., native's fourth career goal.

'The second goal seemed to give us momentum and energy and we possessed the ball a little better,' Tobias said.

The Cougars took the coveted two-goal lead just five minutes later as junior Nicole Wilcox sealed the win by converting a penalty kick. It was the fourth goal of the season for the Iowa State transfer. The penalty was drawn by freshman Haley Miller, who took a pass from Rodrick and was pulled down on a scoring opportunity deep in Spartan territory.

'It was a good weekend,' Tobias said. 'We gave up a goal today, but that is going to happen. We have done a good job and our attention is on our next match. That is the best way for our team and our program to make progress. It is encouraging to be at this point.'

The Cougars will look for wins number six and seven next weekend in Pullman against Utah Sept. 20, and Gonzaga Sept. 22.

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