Cougs Stunned Late
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PULLMAN, Wash. – For the first time in 2021 Washington State (3-1-1) found itself on the wrong side of the ledger falling 2-1 to Seattle U (5-1-1) Thursday night at Lower Soccer Field. The loss was especially hard to swallow for the Cougs who dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Redhawks 25-6 on the night including putting 10 shots on goal and another off the crossbar in the second half. After a scoreless first period, the Cougs saw the opening tally of the game come in the 56' when junior Enzi Broussard finished off a brilliant one-timer into the side-netting from the top of the 18 for her first career goal at WSU. The junior transfer was the finisher of the score for the Cougs but it was the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week Bridget Rieken who set up the chance, bombing a ball over the top from well inside WSU's defensive half spinning Broussard loose behind the defense. The excitement was short-lived for the Cougs as the Redhawks answered back in the 61', starting a pinball play off a free kick due to a Cougar offside whistle just over the center line. The pinging ball into the Cougs' box proved deadly when Hallie Bergford muscled her way to the bouncing ball before pushing it home for the score. While the Cougs would continue to press the action it would be the Redhawks who would find pay dirt late, scoring in the 81' off another free kick play, this time just inside the offensive half. Again, it was a bouncing ball in the box that wreaked havoc for the Cougs' defense as a miscommunication left the ball loose for the taking with Jourdyn Curran breaking through to again nudge it into the back of the net. The late goal proved to be the difference as the Cougs threw everything forward in the final minutes but could not find the equalizer.
Stat of the Match
The Cougs saw their shutout streak end at 424:14, their longest since a 427 minute streak in 2014.
The Moments That Made The Match
What a ball by the reigning Pac-12 DPOW @BridgetRieken and the easy finish by Broussard#GoCougs | #SomosCougs pic.twitter.com/yibDjPELE3
— Washington State Soccer (@WSUCougarSoccer) September 10, 2021
Things You Need To Know
- Washington State dropped just its second contest all-time to the Redhawks falling to 15-2-1 in the series and 7-2-0 at home against Seattle U. It was the first win for Seattle U against the Cougs since 2014 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
- The loss snapped a 10-match unbeaten streak at home with their last loss coming to #25 Arizona, 1-0, on Oct. 10, 2019.
- The loss was WSU's first overall since falling to #19 USC, 1-0, at Los Angeles on April 4, 2021 last season.
- The Cougs took 25 total shots but saw the Redhawks tie a season-high with nine saves in the contest.
- The goal given up in the 81' was the latest game-winner given up by the Cougs since Ruby Hellstrom netted in the 90' for Washington, March 19, 2019 in Seattle.
- Enzi Broussard scored her first goal as a Coug and her sixth career goal (5 at West Virginia). She extended her point streak to a team-best four-straight contests.
- Bridget Rieken recorded her first assist of the season and third career helper (first since her freshman season).
- The Cougars defense allowed just six shots (four on goal). WSU allowed just six shots combined in the last two games entering the night.
- Sydney Pulver played her 82nd career game moving into a tie for 3rd all-time in games played.