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Sunday matinee brings the Ducks to Pullman

Apr 10, 2021

WASHINGTON STATE (6-3-1, 2-2-1)
vs Oregon (5-5-4, 3-4-2) Sun., April 11 | 1 p.m. | Lower Soccer Field
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> WSU looks to keep its eight-match unbeaten streak alive against the Ducks when the two teams meet Sunday afternoon at Lower Soccer Field with a chance to further climb the conference standings. 
> Under head coach Todd Shulenberger, the Cougs have been dominant against the Ducks having won the last three and four of the five in the series since his arrival having outscored Oregon 8-4 in the five games.
> The Cougs have a chance to finish the Pac-12 season near the top of the pack despite entering the game 2-2-1 in conference action. A late push could secure WSU a fourth-straight trip to the postseason.
> WSU has been dominant at home at Lower Soccer Field having gone 24-6-3 and outscored opponents 78-to-30 over the last four seasons including this season. WSU has won its last four at their home field and are sporting a 7-0-2 in their last nine games in Pullman.
> 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 three times in the last five games.
> Gomera-Stevens was named #36 in the Midseason Top 100 Players to Watch rankings. 
> Despite being held in check the last two games the Cougs offense has produced 16 goals with six difference scorers including a pair of first time scorers.
> Senior Elyse Bennett leads the team in scoring with 6 goals, tied for sixth in the Pac-12. 
> Senior Sydney Pulver is nearing top-10 games played at WSU as she has played in 74 games with the top-10 starting at 76, a mark she will hit by the end of the regular season.
> Sophomore MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson has been the Cougs top facilitator posting a team best four assists including a pair against OSU, the first multi-assist game of her career.
> The senior class continues to cement its legacy as the most decorated class in program history having won 45 games (record is 50 wins) and advancing to at least the second round in each of their three seasons, a program first.

The Cougs look to make it four-straight wins while improving their unbeaten streak to 9-straight against the Ducks as the two teams meet Sunday at Pullman. In the past three seasons during their win streak, the Cougs have outscored the Ducks 5-2 including a 1-0 win last season at Eugene behind a game-winning goal from Elyse Bennett. At home against Oregon the Cougs are 7-3-2 all-time having not fallen to the Ducks in Pullman since 2010 however two of the last three have gone to double-OT. This season, the Ducks have been up and down having defeated both Stanford (win and a draw) and Cal while dropping their last two contests vs Colorado and Washington. While the Ducks offense has struggled, 10 goals in 14 games, its defense has been solid having allowed just 11 goals.

After beginning the year sidelined due to injury, sophomore MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson has rounded back into form as the 2019 all-freshman honoree has asserted herself into the offensive mix as a playmaker leading the team in assists with four after assisting on two goals versus Oregon State.
The second-year forward has posted five career assists while adding four career goals.

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