WSU Loses Close Battle with Cal Poly 1-0 in Home Opener

Sept. 5, 2003

Despite outshooting Cal Poly 13-8, the Washington State soccer team lost its home opener Friday against the Mustangs 1-0, at the Lower Soccer Field.

The win puts Cal Poly 3-0 and yet to be scored on. The Cougars are now 0-3, losing to No. 1 North Carolina, No. 14 Maryland last week and now Cal Poly.

The majority of the first half was a midfield battle with Cal Poly recording seven first-half fouls and WSU committing four. Cal Poly recorded five shots to Washington State's four, but neither team was able to finish despite their opportunities.

The Cougars had several scoring opportunities including four corner kicks. Perhaps the best came early in the first half when senior midfielder Rachel Rodrick lofted a high cross to senior forward Nicole Wilcox, who headed the ball just over the crossbar.

Early in the second half, at the 53:50 mark, Cal Poly's freshman forward Kelsey Carroll made the lone goal of the match burying a shot from 15 yards out into the lower left hand corner of the net. This was Carroll's second career goal.

WSU upped the pressure, recording seven shots in the second half, forcing Mustang goalkeeper Liz Hill to make four saves including a crucial block against Wilcox. With just over five minutes left in the half Rodrick passed the ball to Wilcox who made a quick turn and took a shot eight yards out which Hill was just able to get a foot on. The ball was deflected back into the box, but a Mustang defender cleared it out.

As the game went on, both teams became more physical and three yellow cards were issued in the second half. WSU forward Shelby Brownfield and Cal Poly defender Becky Clark were both given yellow cards 79 minutes into the match after an altercation following a Mustang foul. Three minutes later at the 82:48 mark Mustang defender Keala Meyer clipped a WSU player from behind, and received the third yellow card of the match.

With about 25 minutes left in the half Cougar senior defender Mariette Boyce had to leave the game, suffering a deep laceration to her right eyebrow. Sophomore Ashley Smith came on for Boyce, and recorded one shot.

Washington State plays its second home match against Montana Sunday at noon on the Lower Soccer Field.
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