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Pulver Nabs Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

Nov 1, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – For the second-consecutive week the Cougars have picked up a weekly award as super senior Sydney Pulver was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. The award was the second of the season for the Coug midfielder and the fifth overall for WSU as she joined her keeper, Nadia Cooper, as a two-time weekly award winner. Pulver had previously been named the top defender Oct. 4 when she took home her first career weekly award from the Pac-12.

Over the weekend, Pulver was instrumental in the Cougs' success on the road as she guided the team to wins at Oregon (1-0) and Oregon State (3-2). On Thursday in Eugene, Pulver, playing as the Cougs' defensive holding mid, helped stymie a potent Duck attack en route to recording the team's 12th shutout of the season, the second most in program history. It was Pulver's ball from the corner in the 89' that setup the late match-winner by Elyse Bennett as the fifth-year senior recorded her fourth assist of the season.

Three days later Pulver was back in the mix once again as she netted the Cougs' match-tying goal against the Beavers, once again coming in the 89'. Pulver's fourth goal of the season came from the penalty spot as she notched her third PK goal of the year to draw the Cougs' even in the waning moments of the contest in Corvallis. The Cougs would go on to win in extra-time, picking up the winner in the 99' to likely secure their place in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. 

On the year, Pulver sits third on the team with 12 points as she has recorded career bests in goals (4) and assists (4). The super senior is the all-time leader in program history in matches played (95) and matches started (88).

Pulver and her Cougs hit the road for the regular season finale, Friday, Nov. 5 as WSU heads to the Westside for the 2021 edition of the Boeing Apple Cup Series with Washington. The match is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start on the Pac-12 Network.