Soccer Spring Schedule Goes Live
PULLMAN, Wash. - With the spring soccer season nearing its start the Washington State soccer team has released its 2021 Spring Schedule which is set to begin Feb. 7 on the road. The Cougars will play 16 games in the spring season after having the fall postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 Cougars are looking to pick back up where they left off in 2019, finishing the season ranked No. 4 in the country after advancing to the program's first College Cup.
The 2021 spring will kick off for the Cougars on the road at Seattle U (Feb. 7) for the second-straight season after beginning the 2019 campaign on the West Side as well. The two teams have kicked off their seasons together in each of the last two seasons with the Cougars taking both contests by a combined 7-1 score including a 4-0 win on the road last season.
At home for the first time, the team will finish off out of conference play with a pair of regional rivals as Eastern Washington (Feb. 12) and Idaho (Feb. 19) come to Pullman on back-to-back Fridays before the Cougs head into Pac-12 action. The game against the Eagles marks the first regular season contest between the two teams since 2013 while the Vandals cross the border for the first time in two seasons.
With non-Pac-12 games completed the Cougars begin their quest for the conference title Feb. 26 as Utah comes to the Palouse for the first of two games on the weekend. The opening contest between the two teams will count towards the conference race while the contest on Feb. 28 will be a non-counting contest in the standings. The extra games were added by the Pac-12 Conference office to allow conference teams more contests against quality opponents while keeping the integrity of the Pac-12 race for the title. Last season the Cougars defeated Utah, 4-1, at Lower Soccer Field in their run-up to postseason play.
After spending the opening month at home the Cougs hit the road for the first time to begin the new month of March as WSU heads to the Grand Canyon State to take on Arizona State (March 5) and Arizona (March 7). WSU is looking for a bit of vengeance against the two squads from Arizona as the Wildcats defeated the Cougs, 1-0, last time the two met while the Sun Devils escaped Pullman with a 0-0 draw.
Returning home, the Cougs get a crack at the champs with the Bay Area schools coming to town. Getting back to action the Cougs take on Cal (March 12) to begin the weekend before the defending Pac-12 and National Champion Stanford Cardinal (March 14) take the field on the Palouse. The Cougs took down the Golden Bears last season in overtime on the road before falling to the Cardinal in Stanford. The last time Stanford came to Pullman the Cougs took the Cardinal to double-overtime earning a 1-1 draw. The point taken from the Cardinal marks the only point relinquished by the Cardinal in Pac-12 play in the last three seasons.
Back on the road the Cougars head to the Westside for the first of two matchups against the rival Huskies in the Boeing Apple Cup Series. The first game will take place March 19 in Seattle in a game that will not count towards the Pac-12 standings. Despite the lower stakes of the game counting as non-conference the Cougs are out for revenge after falling to the Huskies for the first time in 15 seasons in a 1-0 loss to end the regular season in 2019.
From Seattle the Cougs head to Boulder to take on Colorado (March 27) looking to build off of their 4-1 win last season on senior day. April begins for the Cougs in California as WSU heads to Los Angeles to take on UCLA (April 2) and USC (April 4). The game in Westwood marks the third-straight season the Cougs have been sent to UCLA to take on the Bruins who are coming off their own semifinal appearance having fallen to Stanford in the 2019 College Cup.
The regular season closes with three-straight at home for the Cougs as WSU hosts Oregon State (April 9), Oregon (April 11) and Washington (April 16). The final three games sets up another run to the NCAA Tournament for the Cougars which begins April 23 and finishes May 16 with the championship game at the College Cup.
The Cougars will play their early season games inside of the Indoor Practice Facility on campus due to winter weather conditions with the hope of moving outside to Lower Soccer Field later in the year. The schedule is subject to change with television schedules being selected and changed throughout the year and with possible Covid-19 protocols shifting contest dates.