Goals on Goals on Goals
In Case You Missed It
PULLMAN, Wash. – Freshman Reese Tappan, the oldest of the Cougs' newbies, would still not be born for two months the last time Washington State's (3-0-1) offense caught fire in the manner it did Sunday afternoon scoring seven goals against an overmatched Hawai'i (0-3-1) team at Lower Soccer Field. Scoring early and often the Cougs capped off a huge weekend on the pitch with their third-straight shutout essentially putting the game away before Coug nation had finished finding their seats in the stadium. On their first three attempts of the afternoon the Cougs found the back of the net scoring in the 3' (MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson), the 6' (Grayson Lynch), and finally the 11' (Bridget Rieken) to bury the Rainbow Wahine. For Frimpong-Ellertson the goal was her first since netting the game-winner for WSU against No. 3 Virginia in the 82nd minute to send the Cougs to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2019 as a freshman. Despite peppering the box with scoring chances the Cougs scorching fast start would cool until fifth-year senior Elyse Bennett broke though in the 59' minute to reopen the flood gates. The goal by Bennett was the first of two for the veteran striker as she struck again just two minutes later to make it a five-goal lead. Her replacement, Margie Detrizio, would finish off the combined hat-trick in the 66' with a brilliant individual effort, taking the ball from inside the Cougars' own half all the way into the Hawai'i box before banging a shot off the post for her first goal of the season. The pièce de resistance for the Cougs came in the 81' by Rieken once again as the star centerback cleaned up a scramble in the box off a Cougar corner for the second time in the game. The goal capped off one of WSU's most impressive offensive outings in program history.
With the offense dominating it was no surprise the Cougs' defense came up with its third-straight shutout as fifth-year senior Marissa Zucchetto and freshman Nadia Cooper combined for the cleansheet once again. The duo was never tested on the day as the defense allowed just three total shots with only one getting all the way to Zucchetto.
Stat of the Match
The Cougs scored their most goals since netting eight Sept. 22, 2002 against Gonzaga.
The Moments That Made The Match
— Washington State Soccer (@WSUCougarSoccer) September 5, 2021
Things You Need To Know
- Washington State improved to 8-0-0 all-time against Hawai'i and 3-0-0 at home against the Rainbow Wahine.
- The Cougs 7-0 win was their largest margin of victory at home since their 8-0 win over Gonzaga in 2002.
- Elyse Bennett scored her 18th and 19th career goals moving into sole possession of 10th all-time on WSU's all-time scoring list.
- The multi-goal game was the second of her career and first since netting twice against Utah, Feb. 28, 2021.
- The Cougars' defense gave up just three shots for the third-straight game. The Cougs have run their shutout streak to 364:06 minutes while allowing just two shots on goal in the last three games and 270:02 minutes.
- WSU played all 31 active players in the contest with McKenna Pua, Audrey Weir, and Amanda Marroquin making their collegiate debuts.
- MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson (1), Bridget Rieken (1, 2), and Margie Detrizio (1) became the 7th, 8th, and 9th Cougars to score on the year.
- The goals for Rieken were the first of her career.
- Bennett and Rieken became the first set of Cougar teammates to each notch 2 goals in a game together since Katrina Stroh and Alix Rustrum each scored twice in the Cougs' 8-0 win over Gonzaga Sept. 22, 2002.
- Grayson Lynch found the back of the net for the second-straight game and third time on the weekend after scoring a brace Thursday night at San Diego State.
- The Cougs have recorded a brace in three consecutive contests for the first time since 2000 when they went four-straight against San Jose St., Gonzaga, Portland St., and Montana.
- Enzi Broussard tallied a career-best three assists in the game tying for the second most in a single game for a Coug. She became the first Coug to record 3+ assists in a contest since Kaitlyn Johnson recorded 4 (9/4/16, North Dakota St.)
- Broussard tied the Cougs' record with an assist in three-straight contests and leads the Cougs with 5 on the year.
- She now has 9 career assists between WSU and WVU.
- Sydney Pulver played her 81st career game moving into a tie for 4th all-time in games played.