Four Cougars Score as Soccer Beats Denver, 4-2
PULLMAN, Wash. – Four different players scored for the Washington State women's soccer team (3-1-1), as it defeated University of Denver, 4-2, at Lower Soccer Field, Sunday night. WSU junior Margie Detrizio opened the scoring in the fifth minute, before Sydney Studer, Marin Whieldon, and Grayson Lynch all added their name to the WSU scoresheet.
Just over four minutes into the match, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss played a direct ball over the Denver back line, finding junior Alyssa Gray, who took a shot that was parried away by DU's goalkeeper, Nerea Arrazola. Detrizio jumped on the loose ball, glanced up at the goal, and placed the rebound into the bottom left corner for her fourth goal of the season and an early WSU lead.
Fifth-year senior Sydney Studer doubled the Cougar lead 20 minutes later. Senior Bridget Rieken served in a cross from the right side, finding Detrizio at the top of the penalty box. Detrizio flicked a header on, across the penalty area, falling to Studer who first-timed it into the bottom right corner for a 2-0 WSU lead, her second goal of the season.
Before the half WSU would add a third goal. In the 44th minute, freshman Lily Boyden played down the right side, crossing the ball into the area with a high, outswinging ball. The floating pass found junior Marin Whieldon who headed the ball into the right side-netting and past a diving Arrazola. The goal was Whieldon's first of the season and provided Boyden with her first-career assist at WSU.
After the break, play settled down as the Pioneers looked to get back in the game. The opportunity would come in the 59th minute, as Denver's Sami Feller dispossessed fifth-year senior Elaily Hernandez-Repreza at the top of the penalty box, lined up a shot, and netted DU's opening goal from the top of the area.
The Cougars responded late in the contest when, in the 83rd minute, Lindsey Turner pounced on a loose ball in the attacking third and found senior Grayson Lynch at the top left side of the penalty area. Lynch took a single touch, surrounded by four defenders, turned and hammered a goal into the far post. Lynch picked up her second goal of the season, giving the Cougars a 4-2 lead.
Denver would get one additional goal before the final whistle when DU's Feller dispossessed WSU sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper in the penalty box in the 90th minute. Cooper shut down the shooting angle for Feller, but a late run by Camryn MacMillan towards the open net made for an easy tap-in and the Pioneers' second goal of the night.
The Cougars dominated the stat sheet, possessing the ball for over 70 percent of the game, and outshooting DU 27-7. Cooper picked up the 13th win of her career, notching two saves, as she moved into 9th all-time in WSU goalkeeping wins.
Washington State returns to the pitch next Sunday, Sept. 11. WSU welcomes Cal Poly to Lower Soccer Field for a noon kickoff slated on Pac-12 Washington.
Things You Need to Know
- Margie Detrizio scored her fourth goal of the season to lead WSU…Alyssa Gray and Mykiaa Minniss are credited with the assists…Minniss' team-best third assist of the season and eighth of her career…Gray picked up her first point and assist of the season and her third-career assist
- Sydney Studer netted her second goal of the year and fourth since arriving at WSU…Bridget Rieken earned her first assist of the season and fourth-career assist…Detrizio also tallied an assist, her second of the season and seventh of her collegiate career
- Marin Whieldon recorded the first goal of her season and second of her career…Lily Boyden earned her first-career assist on the goal
- Grayson Lynch notched her second goal of the season and 13 of her career…Lindsey Turner is credited with her first assist of the season, and the first of her career since joining WSU
- Fifth-year senior Elaily Hernandez-Repreza earned her first start of the season and the 16th start of her WSU career
- Fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss started her 78th game in Crimson and Gray, tying Cougar great Nicole Setterlund for sixth-most in Cougar history
- Sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper picked up the 13th win of her career, moving her into sole possession of 9th all-time in WSU goalkeeping wins
- Head Coach Todd Shulenberger recorded the 84th win of his career. He is now 4 wins shy of tying the all-time wins record at WSU