Cougar Soccer Blanks Gonzaga for Third Shutout

Sept. 3, 2009

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Senior Kiersten Dallstream scored a pair of goals to lead visiting Washington State past Gonzaga 3-0 in nonconference women's soccer, Thursday.

Freshman Brandi Vega also found the back of the net for Washington State (3-1-0). The Cougars outshot Gonzaga (2-1-0) 13-8.

Dallstream's first tally came in the first half at 31:32 when she beat Bulldogs' goalkeeper Jessie Thalman to the left post from the left side. Senior Carly Dobratz assisted on the goal.

In the 58th minute, Vega took a long pass from senior defender Maggie Dougher, dribbled into the box on the left side and fired a shot insider the right post for her second goal of the season.

Dallstream capped the scoring when she received a slip pass from senior Caeli Abeyta on the right side and buried a shot inside the right post.

'We asked our team for a response from last Sunday's match and we got a positive one,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'We created a lot of chances. To put goals on the scoreboard is a nice, but more importantly we had a clean sheet defensively.'

Gonzaga had a pair of scoring chances, but could not get on the board. In the 21st minute, WSU goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo came out of the net and Sheridan Jones fired a shot that looked like a sure goal. However, sophomore defender Ali Fenter cleared the ball of the backline with a header to deny Gonzaga.

In the 79th minute, Christi D'Agostino's blast from outside the top of the box hit the crossbar and the Cougars cleared the rebound.

Washington State travels to No. 5 Florida State for a match, Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Senior Kiersten Dallstream raised her career-goal total to 22 and moved into fourth place on the all-time Cougar list...her 53-career points are fifth in WSU history...two goals marked her fifth-career, multiple-goal match, tied for third all-time at WSU...her five goals this season are one more than her 2008 season total...senior Carly Dobratz collected her 13th-career assist, tied for sixth on the Cougar list...freshmen Emma Levy and Ashley Loughmiller each made their collegiate debut off the bench...senior Caeli Abeyta picked up her first-career assist...senior Maggie Dougher earned her first point of the season with an assist...WSU has scored 11 goals through four matches, their most in the first four matches of a Matt Potter coached team...Cougars improved to 17-0-1 all-time against Gonzaga...WSU recorded its third shutout in the first four matches of a season for the first time since 2004...Cougars have six shutouts in their last seven regular season matches dating back to last season.

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