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Soccer Travels West for Seattle Showdown

Aug 30, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE (1-1-1)
at SEATTLE U (1-1-1)

Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.
Seattle, Wash. | Championship Field
Watch | ESPN+

OPENING XI
    I.    WSU travels to Seattle, Wash., to play Seattle U at Championship Field, Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN+
    II.    The Cougs hold a 15-2-0 advantage in the series history...the Redhawks won the last matchup, 2-1, in Pullman, Sept. 9, 2021
    III.    The road team has won the last three matches between WSU and SU
    IV.    Coach Todd Shulenberger is six wins shy of tying the all-time coaching wins record at WSU (88)
    V.    WSU holds a 71-15-9 all-time record against teams from the Evergreen State
    VI.    Mykiaa Minniss earned her 76th career start Sunday against EWU, moving her into a tie for 7th all-time in career matches started at WSU
    VII.    The Cougs are outshooting opponents 63-19 through three matches
    VIII.    WSU's average of 21.0 shots per game is tied for 15th nationally
    IX.    Sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper moved into a tie for 10th all-time on WSU's shutout list, picking up her first cleansheet of the season against Portland and the 8th of her career
    X.    Cooper also moved into a tie for 10th all-time in GK wins with her 11th career win against EWU on Sunday
    XI.    Junior Margie Detrizio recorded the second multi-goal game of her career with a brace in the second half against Eastern Washington, Sunday

COUGARS VS REDHAWKS
Thursday's match in Seattle marks the 18th all-time meeting between Washington State and Seattle U. The Cougars hold a 15-2-0 advantage in the series, but the Redhawks won the last contest, besting WSU 2-1 in Pullman, Sept. 9, 2021. The road team has won in the last three matches, with Wazzu winning two in Seattle before SU won last fall in Pullman.

CONTROLLING THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
Facing off against teams in their home state, the Cougs have shown they control Washington as WSU holds an impressive 71-15-9 all-time record against teams from the Evergreen State. Among those teams the Cougs have dominated their biggest rivals including Gonzaga (24-1-1), Seattle U (15-2-0), and Pac-12 foe Washington (14-9-8) outscoring those three 179-50.

CAREER COUG MYKIAA MINNISS
With her 76th career start Sunday against Eastern Washington, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved into a tie for 7th all-time in career matches started, excluding goalkeepers. Minniss has started every single match of her Cougar career. If Minniss starts all the regular-season matches this year, she would finish as WSU's all-time career starts leader with 92, besting former teammate Sydney Pulver, who finished her career with 91 starts in Crimson & Gray.

COOPER CLOSING ON WSU RECORD BOOK
Sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper is no stranger to re-writing the WSU record book, this season setting her sights on the career goalkeeping lists. Picking up her first cleansheet of the season in the home opener against Portland, Cooper earned her eighth-career shutout and pushed herself onto the WSU all-time goalkeeper shutout list (tied 10th). With the Cougs' win over Eastern Washington, Cooper moved into a tie for 10th in career wins (11).

SHULENBERGER APPROACHES HISTORIC RECORD
Entering his eighth season at the helm of the Cougar soccer program, Shulenberger enters this week with 82 career wins, six shy of the all-time wins record held by former coach Matt Potter. Currently, Shulenberger could tie the record as early as WSU's match at Oregon State and break the record with an 89th win in Pullman against Colorado. Shulenberger also holds the second-best win percentage in program history. Over seven seasons, he has a .638 win percentage.

DETRIZIO DOUBLE TROUBLE
Junior Margie Detrizio picked up the second multiple-goal match of her career with a second-half brace against Eastern Washington, Sunday. Detrizio has scored three goals this season to lead WSU, bringing her career total to 10 goals. The forward also leads the team in shots (16) and shots on frame (10).

HOME SWEET HOME
Lower Soccer Field has become something of a fan-fortress for the Cougs. In 2021, the team drew an average of 1,238 fans per match, the highest season average in program history. This season's home opener against Portland drew the fourth-largest crowd in program history with 2,408 fans in attendance. Wazzu is averaging 1,822 fans per game through two matches this season.

PRESEASON PRAISE
The Cougs picked up some of their highest preseason honors in program history. WSU was selected No. 19 in the TopDrawerSoccer preseason poll, matching the highest preseason ranking in team history. Wazzu was also voted No. 20 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, tying its best-ever preseason selection in a national coaches poll.

COUGS TABBED THIRD BY PAC-12 COACHES
Washington State was voted third by coaches of the Pac-12 Conference in this fall's preseason poll. The placement marks the highest selection in program history, including a pair of first-place votes for the first time.

UNITED SOCCER COACHES NAME THREE TO PRESEASON WATCHLISTS
Three Cougs were named to the United Soccer Coaches Division I Players to Watch. Sophomore Nadia Cooper was named to the goalkeepers watchlist. Fifth-year seniors Mykiaa Minniss (D) and Sydney Studer (M) were also named as players to watch at their positions. Only returning student-athletes who were named to a USC All-Region team last season are eligible for the preseason watchlists.

THREE COUGS RETURN WITH ALL-REGION HONORS
A program record five Cougars were named to the 2021 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women's All-Pacific Region Team. Three return for the 2022 season, including first-team honorees Nadia Cooper and Mykiaa Minniss, alongside Sydney Studer on the second team.

SISTER DUOS POWERING NCAA SOCCER
When junior Jenna Studer transferred to Pullman, she joined her sister and fifth-year senior Sydney on the Cougar roster. The duo are one of 50 sets of sisters playing on the same team in Division-I soccer this season. The Cougs also have junior Marin Whieldon with older sister Shayna serving as the team's coordinator of operations. Wazzu is one of just 10 programs in the country with two sister pairings and the only with a staff-athlete combination.

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