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Tally another shutout

Sep 24, 2021

In Case You Missed It
PULLMAN, Wash. – Continuing their stellar run in 2021, Washington State (7-1-1, 1-0-0) opened Pac-12 play with a 2-0 shutout of Arizona (3-5-0, 0-1-0) Friday night at Lower Soccer Field. Doing what they have done best all season long, the Cougs smothered the Wildcats with a constant attack jumping to a quick 1-0 lead in the 13' and never letting up. Making good on one of their eight corners of the night, Enzi Broussard pounced on a punched clearance by Arizona's Hope Hisey, volleying in the loose ball for the first tallying of the game. The Cougs would continue to ramp up the pressure forcing the Wildcats to defend rather than attack. The pressure would pay off once again midway through the second half when Elyse Bennett turned a longball over the top by Mykiaa Minniss into a Cougar goal in the 62'. Bennett was able to outrace her defender to the loose ball before cutting back towards the center of the box and firing a shot to the far corner to double the Cougs lead.
With the offense providing the spark the Cougs' defense held steady in the back, turning away the only scoring chance of the night for the Wildcats. The strong showing would net the Cougs their seventh shutout of the season as 5th year Marissa Zucchetto was credited with the win in between the posts. 

Stat of the Match
The Cougs allowed just one shot on goal as they recorded their fourth-straight shutout.

The Moments That Made The Match

Things You Need To Know

  • The Cougs opened Pac-12 play with a win to improve to 4-2-1 under head coach Todd Shulenberger. All-time the Cougs are 12-11-4 in conference openers and 6-2-3 since the conference became the Pac-12. In the first home contest of conference the Cougs are 11-13-3 all-time.
  • The win snapped a six-match skid against the Wildcats and improved to 16-9-1 in the all-time series.
  • The shutout was the Cougs' fourth-consecutive shutout and seventh of the season. 
    • WSU has outscored their opponents 26-3 on the year. 
  • 5th year Marissa Zucchetto earned her second full shutout of the year and her 4th win of the season. The win was her 10th career victory at WSU.
  • Junior Enzi Broussard scored her third goal of the season and first in Pac-12 play. It was her first career game-winning goal in three seasons. 
  • 5th year Elyse Bennett scored her sixth goal of the season to retake the team lead. It was her 22nd career goal and 55th career points tying Brandi Vega for 8th all-time. 
  • 5th year Sydney Pulver became the all-time leader in matches played at WSU appearing in her 86th contest. The appearance moved Pulver into a tie with Ali Fenter (2008-11) at the top of the record book.
    • Pulver recorded her second assist of the season and seventh of her career on the Broussard goal.
  • The Cougs scored multiple goals for the seventh time in eight contests.
    • Seven different WSU players have scored game-winners on the year.
  • The Cougs hit the road for the first time in Pac-12 play Thursday, Sept. 30  when they head to Salt Lake City to take on Utah.