Cougar Soccer Posts Road Win Against Sun Devils

Oct. 16, 2009

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Kiersten Dallstream and Melanie Johnston scored first half goals to lead Washington State past Arizona State 2-1 in Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer, Friday.

The Cougars (9-3-1, 1-0-1 Pac-10), ranked 24th-nationally by Soccer Times, scored their goals 4:06 apart to take a 2-0 lead at intermission.

'The first half performance was one of our most complete and one of our best of the season,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'To go up two goals against a quality Pac-10 opponent on the road is not easy and I am very proud of our team.'

In the 33rd minute, Carly Dobratz connected on a pass to Dallstream and the latter went around Arizona State (7-4-2, 0-3-0 Pac-10) goalkeeper Alyssa Gillmore to find the open net for her 12th goal of the season.

The Cougars went up 2-0 when Emma Stolz fed a pass to Johnston who dribbled past two defenders and fired a shot under the crossbar into the center of the net.

'I'm so delighted for Melanie,' Potter said. 'She has worked so hard and to be able to come home to Arizona and score her first goal in front of her friends and family is a great moment for her.'

Bianca Doller pulled the Sun Devils, ranked 24th-nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, within 2-1 with a goal in the 76th minute. Cougar goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo made a key save in the 89th minute to preserve the victory.

Washington State plays at Arizona, Sunday with the match scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Washington State set school record with a goal in its 15th-straight regular season match dating back to last season...Cougars won at Arizona State for the first time since 2002 and posted a victory over the Sun Devils for the second-straight season (won 1-0 in 2OT last season) for the first time in school history...WSU won a Pac-10 road match against a top 25 team for the first time since Oct. 21, 2001 (2-0) at No. 19 California...Cougars scored a goal in a school record 10th-straight road match...senior Kiersten Dallstream moved into a tie for fourth on the Cougar single-season list with 28 points...seventh game-winning goal is tied for third on the WSU career list...has a point in 10-straigh matches, second longest streak in school history (Kim Lynass, 12 in 1990-91)...senior Carly Dobratz recorded her 15th-career assist, tied for third all-time at WSU...freshman Melanie Johnston scored her first-collegiate goal to become the 11th Cougar with at least one goal this season, the most on a WSU team since 11 in 2002.

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