Cougs Come from Behind for Win Over Cal Poly
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's soccer team (4-1-1) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Cal Poly, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Lower Soccer Field. Senior Grayson Lynch netted the game winning goal for the Cougs, and freshman Lily Boyden and sophomore Lindsey Turner scored their first career goals at WSU.
The Cal Poly Mustangs scored the opening goal in the 32nd minute, as Olivia Ortiz floated a shot from the top of the box just over the outstretched arms of sophomore Nadia Cooper, and into the top right corner. The lead did not last long as the Cougars quickly drew level courtesy of Lily Boyden.
WSU's Boyden recorded her first collegiate goal just 30 seconds after Cal Poly scored. The Salt Lake City native trapped a cross from senior MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson, took a touch at the edge of the 6-yard box, and finished into the top, right netting. The equalizer also earned Frimpong-Ellertson her first assist and point of the season.
After the halftime whistle, and the sides level, Cal Poly earned a penalty kick after an unintentional handball by WSU's Aaqila McLyn in the 52nd minute. Poly's Megan Hansen converted the penalty and gave the Mustangs an early 2-1 lead in the second half.
Once again, it did not take long for Washington State to respond, pulling level in the 56th minute. With numbers pushing forward down the right side, junior Margie Detrizio took a shot from a tight angle, which Cal Poly's goalkeeper parried wide across goal. Sophomore Lindsey Turner was there for the cleanup at the goal mouth, netting her first goal as a Cougar, and the game's equalizer.
The Cougars continued pressing forward, outshooting the Mustangs 29-6 in the contest, including 13 shots on frame. WSU's game-winning goal came in the 74th minute when Detrizio collected a ball at the top left corner of the penalty area. Detrizio laid the ball off for Grayson Lynch who glanced up, before powering a shot from outside the area into the top right corner.
WSU scored three goals for the third time this season, bringing the total to 13 goals scored by seven different goal scorers across six matches.
Washington State concludes its nonconference schedule next week. The Cougars will host Northern Colorado Thursday at Lower Soccer Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. WSU will travel for its final nonconference contest, visiting Saint Mary's for a Sunday match at 1 p.m. in Moraga, Calif.
Things You Need to Know
- Freshman Lily Boyden scored the first goal of her collegiate career
- Sophomore transfer Lindsey Turner scored the first goal of her WSU career
- Senior Grayson Lynch tallied her third goal of the season, the 14th of her career, and the fifth game-winning goal since arriving in Pullman
- Senior MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson recorded her first assist and point of the season
- Junior Margie Detrizio earned her third and fourth assists of the season, bringing her to a team-best 12 points this season, and nine career assists
- Fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss started her 79th career game at WSU, moving her into a tie for 5th-most
- Sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper picked up the 14th win of her career…Cooper now sits 8th all-time in WSU goalkeeping wins
- Head Coach Todd Shulenberger recorded the 85th win of his career…He is now 3 wins shy of tying the all-time wins record at WSU