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Single strike does in WSU

Apr 4, 2021

In Case You Missed It
LOS ANGELES – A scramble in front of the goal, won by the Trojans, proved to be the difference in a closely fought contest Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles as Washington State (5-3-1, 1-2-1) fell 1-0 to USC (6-3-1, 5-3-0) to close out its road schedule in the 2021 spring regular season. Having stymied the potent Trojans' attack for much of the contest, the Cougars appeared on the verge of taking total control of the game midway through the day as WSU pushed the pace on the offensive end with a barrage of opportunities at the end of the opening half only to be denied. The missed opportunities to take the lead into the break proved to be WSU's undoing as USC capitalized on just their second chance of the day 10 minutes into the final 45 minutes when Angeles Escobar turned on a rebound and beat a swarm of Coug defenders for her first career goal. The would-be game-winner came after senior Marissa Zucchetto made a diving stop on a ball played through the box, finding herself just a half of a step behind being able to make the save on the low Escobar shot. The goal by the Trojans turned the momentum of the game to the favor of USC as from there the home side took control of the day, holding the Cougs in their own half for much of the final 30 minutes of action.

Stat of the Match
The Cougs allowed just one shot in the first half of play.

The Moments That Made The Match

Things You Need To Know

  • Washington State fell to 5-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in Pac-12 play.
  • The game marked the seventh-straight loss to the Bruins and the second-straight shutout on the road in LA.
  • The Cougs were shutout for just the second-straight game and third time in Pac-12 play.
  • The Cougars head home for the first time in over a month to take on Oregon State, April 9 at 7 pm. WSU will play at their home field, Lower Soccer Field, for the first time on the year after spending the opening month inside the IPF bubble due to weather.