Cougar Soccer Blanks Idaho in Season Opener

Aug. 21, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State scored three-first half goals and the 21st-ranked Cougars blanked Idaho 3-0 to open their 20th Anniversary Season, Friday at Lower Soccer Field.

Freshman Brandi Vega scored the first goal of the match when she received a cross from redshirt-junior Mallory Fox and beat Idaho (0-1-0) goalkeeper Liz Boyden from four yards on out on the left side at the 17:15 mark.

Senior Kiersten Dallstream made the score 2-0 at 30:00 when she beat Vandal defender in the box and scored from eight yards out on the right side.

Just 2:27 later, sophomore Tiara Pittman took a pass on the left side from senior Elysse Van Leer and blasted a shot just inside the far post to put WSU (1-0-0) on top 3-0.

The Cougars dominated the match with 21 shots to Idaho's four, including a 10-0 advantage in the second half, and 11 corner kicks to zero for the Vandals.

'It was a fantastic preseason, but there is nothing like playing on a gameday,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'There was energy and excitement. The crowd was here. It was a different feeling. It was nice to have a clean sheet to start the season.'

Brandi Vega became the first true freshman to score WSU's first goal of the season since Ashley Honda in 1999...tally came at 17:15, the earliest into a season since Molly Alexander at 8:34 in 2005...Vega, along with fellow-freshmen Mariah Cameron, Melanie Johnston and Shannon McFadden started in their collegiate debuts...junior transfer Meghan Berlingo started and made one save in net during 76:31 in her Cougar debut...redshirt-freshman Megan Murphy and freshman goalkeeper Ariana Byrd also made their collegiate debuts...senior Kiersten Dallstream raised her career-goal total to 18 and her collegiate point total to 45, both tied for fifth in WSU history...Cougars recorded their four-straight shutout at home dating back to last season and have not given up a goal at Lower Soccer Field in the last 436:45...attendance of 1,007 was the third-largest home crowd in WSU history.

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