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Three goal burst wins it

Apr 9, 2021

In Case You Missed It
PULLMAN, Wash. – Returning to the friendly confines of Lower Soccer Field, the Cougars (6-3-1, 2-2-1) found their offensive touch to score three goals and fight their way past Oregon State (4-9-1, 2-7-1), 3-2, Friday night. While the night ended well for the Cougs the game was not without its doubts as the Beavers struck just two minutes into the match putting WSU in catch up mode right away. The immediate strike by the Beavers seemed to jar the Cougs awake as the WSU took control of the pace of the game and began its push forward. Earning a corner, the Cougs converted the offensive chance as senior Makamae Gomera-Stevens struck for the third-straight time, playing off a short corner from senior Sydney Pulver to draw the match even in the 15'. The game would remain even at one goal a piece through the halftime break before the Cougs broke the tie in the 54' thanks to the sixth goal of the season from senior Elyse Bennett. While Bennett got the one-touch finish the credit for the goal went to sophomore MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson as the second-year forward made a play in the box to get free before chipping a pass back into the middle of the six to the foot of Bennett. The lead would be short-lived for the Cougs as the Beavers struck back just one minute later off a corner of their own as they found the back post with a perfectly placed header to again pull the game back to even. As the fight continued the Cougs would battle back with the would-be game-winner in the 65' when sophomore Grayson Lynch redirected a ball headed wide just inside the far post to put WSU back ahead. Lynch was able to make the play once again thanks to Frimpong-Ellertson who made a play in nearly the same place in the box to set up the scoring chance, finding senior Aaqila McLyn at the top of the 18 who then sent the ball back towards goal and to the waiting foot of Lynch. From there, the Cougs' defense would stand tall putting the game away over the final 20 minutes of the match.

Stat of the Match
The Cougs three goals were the most scored against Oregon State in the all-time series dating back to 1991.

The Moments That Made The Match

Things You Need To Know

  • Washington State improved to 6-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in Pac-12 play.
  • The win marked the third-straight over Oregon State and 18th one-goal game in the last 19 contests.
  • The three goals were the most scored by the Cougs against the Beavers in the all-time series dating back to 1991.
    • The two goals were the most scored by the Beavers since 2011 and the most scored in Pullman since 2001.
  • Makamae Gomera-Stevens scored her third-goal of the season and the first goal of the year for the Cougs at Lower Soccer Field.
  • Elyse Bennett added to her team scoring lead with her sixth goal of the year.
  • Grayson Lynch scored her second goal of the season and third career goal.
    • The game-winner was the first of the season and second of her career.
  • MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson posted a pair of assists to take over the team lead with her third and fourth assists of the season.
    • The two assists marked her first multi-assist game of her career.
    • First multi-assist game for the Cougs since Averie Collins posted two vs Colorado Nov. 3, 2019.
  • The Cougars return to Lower Soccer Field Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m. to take on Oregon.