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One last tune-up

Sep 18, 2021

WASHINGTON STATE 
at Northern Colorado Sun., Sept. 19 | 11 a.m. MT | Jackson Stadium
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OPENING XI
> The Cougs close out non-conference play with one last contest, this time at Northern Colorado. It will mark the second game all-time between the two sides.
> WSU is perfect on the year away from Pullman going 3-0 while outscoring their competition 8-0 including a 2-0 win at Denver Thursday.
> The defense has been up to the task in 2021 allowing just three goals (0.43 GAA) while posting five shutouts on the season.
> The offense has scored 21 goals with 10 different players recording a goal and five different game-winners. 
> WSU's offense ranks 5th in shots per game (23.86), 6th in corners (8.71 pg) and 24th in scoring (3.00 goals pg). WSU is +18 in goals scored on the year.
> 5th year Elyse Bennett lead the way offensively with four goals and a team-best 11 points. She ranks T9th all-time in goals (20) and in points (51) for her career. She ranks 9th in games played with 79 appearances in the Crimson and Gray.
> Junior Enzi Broussard has found her groove at WSU leading the way with 5 assists (2nd in the Pac-12) to go with 2 goals (9 points, 2nd on the team).
> 5th year Sydney Pulver scored her second goal of the season at Denver. It was her 84th career game, 3rd most in program history. Her 77 starts ranks 5th.
> Freshman Nadia Cooper became the first true freshman in program history to record shutouts in her first two career starts after shutting out Denver Thursday.
> WSU was picked 5th by the Pac-12 coaches in the preseason poll marking the third-straight year picked in the top half of the conference.
> Under head coach Todd Shulenberger, the Cougs have gone 30-25-5 away from home (both away and neutral sites). WSU is 3-0-0 on the year on the road.

COUGS VS BEARS
The final non-conference contest pits the Cougs against the Bears in Greeley, Colo. as WSU looks to remain perfect away from Pullman in 2021. WSU and Northern Colorado have met just once on the pitch in program history with the Cougs prevailing 3-2 on neutral ground in Los Angeles. 
UNC enters the day coming off its second win of the season, downing Wyoming 3-1 in Laramie. It was their first win since the season opener when the team beat Colorado College by the same score of 3-1. Having scored eight goals on the season the Bears look to Lexi Pulley for their scoring as the senior striker has netted half of the teams tallies through nine games. In goal, Morgan Bury has produced a 1.34 GAA with 37 saves while picking up both wins for the Bears including their lone shutout.

LAST TIME OUT
Continuing its perfect run on the road to start 2021, Washington State (5-1-1) took care of business against a game Denver (5-3-0) side, dispatching the Pioneers, 2-0, Thursday night at Denver Soccer Stadium. The Cougs used their stifling defense and timely attacking to put together their third road shutout in as many games jumping on the Pioneers from the outset and never relenting. WSU picked up goals from Sydney Pulver (26') and Enzi Broussard (66') to do their damage while freshman Nadia Cooper nabbed her second-straight shutout in goal.

COOPER IN AN AIR OF HER OWN
Taking over the starting job in net for the Cougs at Kansas on Sept. 12, true freshman Nadia Cooper showed why she was one of the highest recruits in program history as the first-year netminder became the first true freshman since 2000 to earn a shutout in her first career start. She would do herself one better in game two, shutting down a high-powered Denver attack, Sept. 16, on the road to become the first true freshman in program history to record shutouts in her first two career starts.
In the four matches the Cougs have used Cooper in goal (2 off the bench, 2 starts), WSU has outscored their opponents 16-0 including 5-0 on the road.

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