Sixth-Ranked UW Women Fall 3-2 at WSU

Oct. 29, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Cailan McCutchan scored a goal and assisted on another for the Washington State women who tallied three goals inside the opening 16 minutes Friday and held off sixth-ranked Washington for a 3-2 victory at Lower Soccer Field.

The Cougars improved their overall record to 8-6-3 and drew even with Washington in the Pac-10 standings with a matching 3-3-1 mark. Washington's overall record dipped to 12-4-1. The Huskies are winless in their last four visits to Pullman with three losses and one tie. Their last win at WSU came in 1996.

The Huskies trimmed the deficit to 3-2 on a pair of first-half goals by senior Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay), but the in-state rivals played a scoreless second half.

Alix Rustrum opened the scoring just 1:36 into the game on a shot into the upper right corner from deep on the left side. The Cougars added another tally less than six minutes later when McCutchan's header of a Megan Cecchini corner kick carried just under the crossbar at 7:12.

The third and decisive goal was scored at 15:44 by Haley Miller. She collected a pass from McCutchan and booted it into the goal from six yards out.

'You never want to start the game down and count on a comeback,' said Coach Lesle Gallimore whose Huskies have fallen behind in their last seven games. 'We need to do some soul searching. We have two more games to play and try to right ourselves before the playoffs.'

Frimpong put Washington on the board in the 23rd minute. She received a pass at the top of the box from freshman Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma), took one dribble and sent a 15-yard strike into the net for her 10th goal of the season. Frimpong, who scored 13 goals in 2003, is the first UW player to register more than one double-figure scoring season. She netted her 11th goal seven minutes before halftime.

Senior Kelley Schweighart (Solana Beach, Calif.) served a corner kick into the box that was punched out by WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin. Frimpong gathered the loose ball and pushed it into the goal at 38:03. She increased her school record to 38 career goals, four more than the previous standard.

Washington continued to pressure the Cougar defense and had several solid scoring opportunities, but could not find the back of the net. One UW shot caromed off the post, a near goal by Bridges was cleared off the line by a WSU defender in the 66th minute and Nikki Gamble (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor) had a dangerous chance saved by Hultin in the 84th minute.

'We created enough chances to get back in it, especially with 10 corner kicks,' Gallimore explained. 'It would have been a great comeback and we had plenty of time to do it, but we couldn't get the equalizer.'

Hultin registered six saves for the Cougars who were outshot by a 12-10 margin. Sophomore Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) made four saves for the Huskies.

The trip to Pullman concluded a stretch of 12 road games in a 14-game span for the Huskies. Washington closes out the regular season next weekend with a pair of home games. The Huskies host No. 14 Stanford, Friday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. and No. 13 California, Sunday, Nov. 7 at noon.

Lower Soccer Field; Pullman, Wash.

Washington State 3, (#6) Washington 2

Scoring -- 1, WSU, Alix Rustrum, 1:36. 2, WSU, Cailan McCutchan (Megan Cecchini), 7:12. 3, WSU, Haley Miller (Cailan McCutchan) 15:44. 4, UW, Tina Frimpong (Dani Bridges), 22:21. 5, UW, Tina Frimpong, 38:03.

Shots -- UW 12, WSU 10.
Saves -- UW 4 (Kelsey Rasmussen), WSU 6 (Katie Hultin).
Corner Kicks -- UW 10, WSU 4.
Fouls -- UW 7, WSU 8.
Offsides -- UW 0, WSU 2.
Attendance - 607.

Washington 12-4-1, 3-3-1 Pac-10
Washington State 8-6-3, 3-3-1 Pac-10.