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Women's Soccer Ready for Washington State

Oct 17, 2013

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Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team heads to Pullman, Friday, to take on Washington State in their fourth week of Pac-12 play.

Last Sunday, the Beavers notched their first Pac-12 victory of the season with a 1-0 win over Arizona State. The Beavers have carried that momentum through the week while preparing for Washington State, 9-2-3 on the season and 2-2-1 in Pac-12 play.

“We are looking to build off Sunday’s win,” said senior midfielder Erin Uchacz. “Whatever we brought on Sunday, we are looking to bring this week.”

The last time the Beavers and the Cougars went head to head was in 2012, WSU claiming a 2-1 victory. The lone goal for Oregon State was scored by returning midfielder Brittney Oljar. Despite making the eight hour trek up Interstate-5 for the second year in a row, the Beavers are looking to notch their second Pac-12 win of the season.

“This week we have been working on keeping the ball and making good decisions in the offensive third,” Uchacz said. “Everyone is still pushing to get more wins and potentially get into the tournament; we are taking it one game at a time and hopefully building off what we did this past weekend.”

Since Linus Rhode has been the head coach for the Beavers, his record against Washington State is 3-2. Rhode and his team have been hard at practice this week in preparation for this Cougar squad.

“We have been looking at attacking play, but more than that we have been looking at how we’re going to deal with some frustrations,” Rhode said. “Washington State is a team that really creates a lot of obstacles through their play, their physicality, their mentality… that’s some adversity the girls will have to deal with.”

Coming off a much-needed win, the Beavers are looking to keep the ball rolling.

“The girls feel really positive and happy about the win on Sunday,” Rhode said. “That’s what we are looking for and that’s what they need to keep bringing.”

Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Follow the game via live stats and radio broadcast at www.wsucougars.com.