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Boeing Apple Cup Series Take Two

Apr 15, 2021

WASHINGTON STATE (6-3-2, 2-2-2)
vs #22 Washington (9-3-2, 5-3-2) Sun., April 11 | 1 p.m. | Lower Soccer Field
  Watch Live | Pac-12 Network (Analyst Jack Cronin)
  Live Statistics | StatBroadcast

WHITMAN COUNTY BACK TO PHASE 2
In accordance with Whitman County's change to Phase 2 of the State of Washington guidelines, Washington State Athletics home events will be without fans until further notice. A limited number of player/coach guests will be permitted in certain venues.

OPENING XI
> The regular season comes to a close with the second half of the Boeing Apple Cup Series against #22 Washington. The Huskies took their home half, 2-1, back in March scoring a goal with :18 seconds to go to win it. 
> The Cougs are looking to get back on track against the Huskies after dropping the last two meetings, both in Seattle. WSU hasn't lost to the Huskies in Pullman since 1996 having gone 8-0-3 since at Lower Soccer Field against their rivals.
> The Cougs have a chance to finish the Pac-12 season near the top of the pack despite entering the game 2-2-2 in conference action. A win Friday will push the Cougs into the top-5 with a chance to move into the top-3 depending on other scores.
> WSU has been dominant at home at Lower Soccer Field having gone 24-6-4 and outscored opponents 79-to-31 over the last four seasons including this season. 
> 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 six games.
> Gomera-Stevens was named #36 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Midseason Top 100 Players to Watch rankings while freshman Marin Whieldon was #62 in the Top 100 Freshmen.
> Senior Elyse Bennett leads the team in scoring with 6 goals, tied for sixth in the Pac-12. 
> Senior Sydney Pulver enters the program's top-10 for games played Friday night when she steps on the field for her 76th career contest. She has been hot of late setting up a pair of goals in the last two games.
> 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.
> Freshman Margie Detrizio got back in the score column with her 3rd goal of the season against Oregon.
> 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.

COUGS VS WASHINGTON
The Cougs look to get back to their winning ways against the Huskies having dropped the last two contest in the Boeing Apple Cup Series including a 2-1 loss in March at Seattle after coming back from a three-week COVID-19 pause. The game ended with a Husky goal with just :18 seconds to play in regulation. Both losses for the Cougs have come on the road as Pullman has been a safe-haven having not dropped a contest to UW since 1996. Since that loss the Cougs are 8-0-3 against their rivals at Lower Soccer Field and have won the last two at Pullman. Overall the Cougs are 14-9-7 against the Huskies all-time

PULVER INTO THE TOP-10 GAMES PLAYED
One of the most durable players to ever put on the Crimson and Gray senior Sydney Pulver enters the program's top-10 for games played Friday night when she will step on the field for her 76th career game. In addition to her games played she will start her 70th career match, six shy of the top-10.
In addition to her availability, Pulver has become one of the Cougs' top distributors this season posting a career high three assists including tallying assists in back-to-back games for the first time in her career. She enters the game with five career assists.

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