Cougars Put Away Wildcats With Two Late Goals

Nov. 3, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. --- Washington State's Shelby Brownfield and Alix Rustrum scored goals in the 74th and 89th minutes, respectively, to help the Cougars seal a 4-2 victory over Arizona Sunday afternoon.

The win gave WSU a weekend sweep over the Sun Devils and Wildcats and advanced its conference record to 4-1-2, 10-5-2 overall. The Cougars have won or tied in six of their last seven contests.

'Anytime you go on the road in this conference, with the level of competition, every game is a definite battle,' WSU Head Coach Dan Tobias said. 'We are pleased to come out with two victories. It was a good performance and we got good results.'

Cougar junior midfielder Nicole Wilcox began the high-scoring affair with a goal at the 20:06 mark, taking a pass from Brownfield and knocking it in from eight yards out on the right side of the box.

Arizona answered just over nine minutes later as freshman Courtney Moseley got past Cougar keeper Sara Leibowitz on a direct kick.

Wilcox helped Washington State regain the lead in the 55th minute, setting the table for reserve forward Jenna Wirtz, who got her second goal of the season on a header from 10 yards out.

Arizona's Kelly Nelson knotted the match again in the 61st minute before WSU took control with a pair of goals in the last 17 minutes by Brownfield and Rustrum.

'When we got up 1-0, we committed a silly foul, but that happens in the course of a game. The same thing when we were up 2-1, it looked like we would break it open, but Candice Wilks hit a great cross, and they finished their chances,' Tobias said, 'I'm pleased with how we responded. The third goal was a very nice goal and Alix (Rustrum) was real composed on the fourth goal.'

Brownfield, who spent the first two years of her collegiate career at Connecticut, had another big day for the Cougs with the goal and assist. The Snohomish, Wash., native now has nine points in seven matches.

The Cougars took 20 shots to just 12 for the Wildcats. Brownfield led the charge with seven, while Wilcox took three.

Leibowitz recorded her ninth win in goal this season while making two saves.

The loss dropped UA's season record to 6-10-1 and 1-6-0 in Pac-10 play.

'I think what we have done the last few weeks, puts us in a good position. The last five games we have three wins, a loss and a tie, and the loss came to the No. 1 team in the country. It strengthens our case. We feel like we are in a good position.'

Washington State closes out the regular season next Friday and Sunday, with matches against USC and UCLA.

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