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Late rocket sends WSU away with the win

Sep 30, 2021

In Case You Missed It
SALT LAKE CITY – A late rocket off the foot of junior Grayson Lynch was all Washington State (8-1-1, 2-0-0) needed to come away with the win on the road at Utah (5-5-1, 0-2-0) as the Cougs shutout the Utes, 1-0, Thursday night at Ute Field. The Lynch strike came in the 77' as the Cougs' constant pressure finally paid off as WSU turned a throw-in just inside their own half into a quick attack into the offensive third. After drawing the attention of the entire Utes' backline with a run up the middle, sophomore Margie Detrizio slotted a ball through to the left-side to an unmarked Lynch who took one touch to the top of the box and fired a left-footed laser to the back right corner to put the Cougs ahead late. The goal, Lynch's sixth of the season, was the latest game-winning goal for the Cougs on the year and latest winner in regulation since MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson's 82' winner at No. 3 Virginia, Nov. 22, 2019 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Cougs had their chances throughout the night to put away the Utes including seeing a potential go-ahead goal in the 31' by senior Sydney Studer strike the crossbar and bounce just in front of the line. In all the Cougs outshot the Utes 20-to-7 including 8-to-2 in shots on goal. When the Utes did find their way into the offensive attack, freshman Nadia Cooper was in position to turn away the attempt or the Cougs' defensive backline was there to force an errant attempt.

Stat of the Match
The Cougs remained perfect on the road with their fifth-straight shutout away from home with Nadia Cooper recording four of the five shutouts for the Cougs.

The Moments That Made The Match

Things You Need To Know

  • The Cougs remained a perfect 5-0-0 on the road in 2021, all by shutout, as WSU has outscored its opponents 12-0 in the five contests.
    • The win was the first Pac-12 road win since a 1-0 (OT) victory at Colorado, March 27, 2021.
  • WSU picked up its first win at Utah since 2015 while winning its second-straight against the Utes. The Cougs are unbeaten in their last four against the Utes.
  • Defensively the Cougs tied a program record with their fifth-straight shutout (2013). Overall WSU has not relinquished a goal in 459:49 minutes. 
    • WSU has outscored its opponents 27-3 on the year.
  • Freshman Nadia Cooper remained perfect in goal picking up her fourth win and third solo shutout in her fourth career start. In six career appearances Cooper has yet to concede a goal in 405:00 minutes.
  • Junior Grayson Lynch tied for the team lead with her sixth goal of the season, five of which have come on the road. It was her team-best second game-winning goal of the season.
  • Sophomore Margie Detrizio posted her third assist of the season, tied for second most on the team.
  • 5th year Sydney Pulver became the Cougars' all-time leader in matches played appearing in her record-setting 87th career match.
  • The Cougs remain on the road to take on Colorado Sunday, Oct. 3  as they look for the Rocky Mountain sweep on the road since 2015.