Late Goal Lifts Cougar Soccer Past Arizona

Oct. 18, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Redshirt-junior Mallory Fox converted a penalty kick in the 84th minute and No. 24 Washington State knocked off Arizona 1-0 in Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer, Sunday.

The goal by Fox was her first of the season and the eighth of her career. Three of those eight goals have come via a penalty kick.

'After all that Arizona has been through in the last week or so and all of the emotions they brought into the match, we are very excited to come out with a win,' Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'It was about 95 degrees today and we did not possess the ball well, but we showed great character, toughness and resiliency. We found a way to score a goal and I am obviously very proud of our team to come away with two victories on this road trip.'

Fox's shot was the only one on goal by the Cougars (10-3-1, 2-0-1) in the match against the Wildcats (3-11-1, 0-4-0 Pac-10).

WSU junior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo left the match with an injury in the 13th minute. Freshman Ariana Byrd played the final 77 minutes, made three saves, and earned her first-collegiate victory.

'Meghan was dinged up and we took her out as a precaution,' Potter said. 'Ari came in and performed tremendously. Meghan could have gone back in the match, but things were going so well we left them the way they were. The credit goes to Ari for seizing the opportunity presented to her.'

The Cougars return home to play No. 1 Stanford, Friday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.

Washington State won its fifth-straight match against Arizona, the longest winning streak against any Pac-10 opponent in school history...Cougars swept a road weekend against the Arizona schools for the first time since 2001...WSU won for the sixth time on the road this season to tie the school record set in 2000 equaled in 2002...both those campaigns ended with the Cougars playing in the postseason...Washington State's 10 wins equals the 2008 season total when the Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament...third-straight season WSU has posted a double-figure victory total, only other time in school history was 1989-91...Mallory Fox became the 12th Cougar to score a goal this season, the most by WSU since a dozen in 2001.

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