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Apr 7, 2021

WASHINGTON STATE (5-3-1, 1-2-1)
vs Oregon State (4-8-1, 2-6-0) Fri., April 9 | 7 p.m. | Lower Soccer Field
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OPENING XI
> WSU to take face off against Oregon State Friday night for the second-straight season at home having defeated the Beavers 2-1 last season to open Pac-12 play.
> Under head coach Todd Shulenberger, the Cougs have been dominant against the Beavers having won four of five, falling just once in 2017 in a 1-0, 2OT, loss on the road. In the five games WSU has outscored OSU 8-4 having scored two goals in four of the five contests.
> The Cougs have a chance to finish the Pac-12 season near the top of the pack despite entering the weekend 1-2-1 in conference action. A late push could secure WSU a fourth-straight trip to the postseason.
> WSU heads back to Lower Soccer Field for the first time since 2019 where the Cougs have gone 23-6-3 and outscored opponents 75-to-28 over the last three seasons.
> Senior Makamae Gomera-Stevens, the 27th pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, has been the catalyst in the middle of the Cougs offense having scored the only two goals for WSU in the last four contests.
> Gomera-Stevens was named #36 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Midseason Top 100 Players to Watch rankings. 
> Despite being held in check the last two games the Cougs offense has produced 13 goals with six difference scorers including a pair of first time scorers.
> Senior Elyse Bennett leads the team in scoring with 5 goals, tied for seventh in the Pac-12. She is looking for her first goal since scoring twice against Utah Feb. 26.
> Senior Sydney Pulver is nearing top-10 games played at WSU as she has played in 73 games with the top-10 starting at 76, a mark she will hit by the end of the regular season.
> WSU's freshmen have made an 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.

COUGS VS OREGON STATE
The Cougs come home for the first time in over a month having played their last four games on the road. WSU begins its three-game homestand with Oregon State Friday night at Lower Soccer Field, the first game at their home field during the spring season after spending the first month inside the bubble of the IPF due to weather. The Cougs are 8-5-2 all-time against Oregon State at home including winning last season, 2-1, to take down a previously unbeaten Beavers squad. In the game last season the Cougs scored a pair of second half goals to take down OSU with the game-winner coming off the foot of then junior Makamae Gomera-Stevens. 
This season, the Beavers have struggled in Pac-12 play going 2-6, however both those wins came last weekend with a 2-0 win over Colorado and a 3-1 win over Utah in Corvallis.

HOME SWEET HOME
Heading back to the friendly confines of Lower Soccer Field for the first time since the end of the 2019 season, the Cougs will look to get back on track in the 2021 spring season with three-straight home game to end the regular season. The last time the Cougs were are Lower Soccer Field they defeated #14 Memphis, 1-0, to kick start their run to the College Cup in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
In the last three years coming into the spring the Cougs have gone 23-6-3 at Lower Soccer Field while outscoring their opponents 75-to-28 including posting 11 shutouts.
This season, the Cougs are 3-0-1 at home (all at the IPF) having outscored their opponent 9-to-1 with three shutouts.

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