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Apr 3, 2021

#21 WASHINGTON STATE (5-2-1, 1-1-1)
at #19 USC (5-3-1, 4-3-0) Sun., April 4 | 12 p.m. | United Airlines at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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> Washington State has four games remaining in the regular season to bolster its postseason resume, three of which to be played at home in Pullman.
> WSU finishes off its regular season road schedule with a final game in LA against #19 USC. The Cougs are looking to snap a six-game skid against the Trojans and their first win in LA since 2013.
> The Cougs look to get back on track after suffering a 4-0 loss at #5 UCLA Friday night, giving up their most goals to the Bruins since 1997.
> Senior Makamae Gomera-Stevens, the 27th pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, has been the catalyst in the middle of the Cougs offense. The Hawaiian was held scoreless for the first time in three games after notching a pair of goals in each of the two previous games before heading to LA.
> The offense has been clicking having scored 13 goals with six difference scorers including a pair of first time scorers before being held scoreless at UCLA.
> Senior Elyse Bennett leads the team in scoring with 5 goals, tied for sixth in the Pac-12. She is looking for her first goal since scoring twice against Utah Feb. 26.
> Senior Marissa Zucchetto is tied for the 4th in the Pac-12 with 8 goals against and has produced four shutouts including two in two Pac-12 games.
> The Cougs enter week at #21 in the poll. WSU is the fourth highest ranked team in the Pac-12 (six ranked overall)
> WSU's freshmen have made an immediate impact notching three goals (Gray, Detrizio (2)) and five assists (Detrizio (2), Whieldon (2), McGill).
> The senior class continues to cement its legacy as the most decorated class in program history having won 44 games (record is 50 wins) and advancing to at least the second round in each of their three seasons, a program first.
> Senior Sydney Pulver nearing top-10 games played at WSU as she has played in 72 games with the top-10 starting at 76, a mark she will hit by the end of the regular season.

The Cougs close out their road trip to LA with a contest at #19 USC Sunday afternoon. The Trojans are coming off a 5-0 shutout of Washington Friday night, scoring five times in the second half to grab their fifth-straight win at home. Penelope Hocking led the attack with a three-goal burst to push her season total to a conference-best 8 on the year. WSU is looking to snap a six-game skid against the Trojans and win on the road at USC for the first time since 2013, a contest the Cougs won 2-0. Last season, the Trojans defeated the Cougs 3-0.

Rounding back into the form that made her the 27th pick in the NWSL draft, senior Makamae Gomera-Stevens has been the catalyst in the middle of a potent Coug attack. The native Hawaiian has notched three goals on the year, second behind team-leader Elyse Bennett, while scoring a pair of game-winners. For the first time in her career, Gomera-Stevens scored in back-to-back games notching unassisted goals at Washington and at Colorado, the later of which was a golden goal, before being held in check at #5 UCLA.
She ranks tied for 4th all-time in WSU's record books with 8 career game-winners, including two golden goals. She is also on the verge of the top-10 for games played having played 70 contests with the list starting at 76.
Last season, Gomera-Stevens broke out with five goals, four of which were game-winners. She became just the second player from Hawaii to earn a senior call-up to the USWNT camp following Natasha Kai. She would be selected as the #27 overall pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft by the Houston Dash.

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