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Soccer Hosts Denver Sunday Evening

Sep 2, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE (2-1-1)
vs  Denver (2-2-1)
Sunday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.
Pullman, Wash. | Lower Soccer Field
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OPENING XI
    I.    WSU welcomes Denver to Pullman for the first time in series history with kickoff scheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Washington
    II.    The Cougs hold a 2-1-1 record against Denver all-time with a 7-5 goal advantage
    III.    WSU beat the Pioneers last September, 2-0, in the program's first trip to Denver
    IV.    Coach Todd Shulenberger is five wins shy of tying the all-time coaching wins record at WSU (88)
    V.    Through two matches Wazzu has an average attendance of 1,822, including the home opener with 2,408 fans - the 4th-largest crowd in program history
    VI.    Mykiaa Minniss earned her 77th career start Thursday at Seattle, moving her into sole possession of 7th all-time in career matches started at WSU
    VII.    The Cougs are outshooting opponents 80-23 through four matches
    VIII.    WSU's average of 20.0 shots per game is tied for 14th nationally
    IX.    Sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper also moved into a tie for 9th all-time in GK wins with her 12th career win against Seattle on Thursday
    X.    Junior Jenna Studer scored the first goal of her WSU career Sunday at Seattle, scoring the game-winning goal in the 90th minute
    XI.    Senior Grayson Lynch netted her first goal of the season at Seattle, Sunday

COUGARS VS PIONEERS
Washington State welcomes the University of Denver to Pullman, Sunday night, for the first time in program history. The Cougars and Pioneers have previously met four times, with WSU holding a 2-1-1 advantage all-time. Last season, Wazzu traveled to Denver, winning 2-0, in the program's first trip to DU.

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.

CAREER COUG MYKIAA MINNISS
With her 77th career start Thursday at Seattle, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved into sole possession of 7th all-time in WSU 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. With the Cougs' win at Seattle, Cooper moved into a tie for 9th in career wins (12). 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).

SHULENBERGER APPROACHES HISTORIC RECORD
Entering his eighth season at the helm of the Cougar soccer program, Shulenberger enters this week with 83 career wins, five 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. In his career, he has a .641 win percentage.

STUDER'S LAST-MINUTE STUNNER
Junior Jenna Studer scored the first goal of her Cougar career Sunday, Sept. 1 at Seattle, netting the game-winning goal with 47 seconds left in the game. It was Studer's second-career collegiate goal and the first game-winner of her career.

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, Aug. 28. 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 (18) and shots on frame (12).

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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