Cougars Host Northern Colorado Thursday Night
I. WSU hosts Northern Colorado for the first time, Thursday in the final nonconference home game of the season...WSU is 2-0-0 vs UNCO all-time
II. The Cougs and Bears last met in 2021 in Greeley, a 3-0 victory for the Cougs
III. Coach Todd Shulenberger is three wins shy of tying the all-time coaching wins record at WSU (88)
IV. Mykiaa Minniss earned her 79th career start Sunday vs Cal Poly, moving her into a tie for 5th all-time in career matches started at WSU, excluding GKs
V. Minniss and Detrizio have each put together 3-game streaks with an assist this season, matching the 2nd-longest streak in program history...first players to reach 3-games straight since Sydney Studer last season
VI. Sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper moved one win shy of a tie for 8th all-time in GK wins with her 14th career win against Cal Poly on Sunday
VII. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 136-52 through six matches
VIII. WSU's average of 22.7 shots per game, ranking sixth nationally
IX. Junior Margie Detrizio tallied the first multi-assist game of her career vs Cal Poly, bringing her season total to 4 assists, tied for 2nd in the Pac-12 and tied for 24th in the country
X. Detrizio is tied for 4th nationally and 2nd in the Pac-12 in shots per game (4.7)
XI. Through four matches Wazzu has an average attendance of 1,456, including the home opener with 2,408 fans - the 4th-largest crowd in program history
COUGARS VS BEARS
Washington State hosts Northern Colorado at Lower Soccer Field, Thursday evening, for the final nonconference home game of the season. The matchup marks the third all-time meeting between the programs, with WSU victorious in the first two contests. WSU last faced UNC on Sept. 19, 2021 in Greeley, Colo., when then-junior Grayson Lynch netted a first-half brace alongside an Elyse Bennett goal for a 3-0 WSU win.
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 1,456 fans per game through four matches this season.
CAREER COUG MYKIAA MINNISS
With her 79th career start Sunday against Cal Poly, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved into a tie for 5th 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.
MARGIE & MYKIAA DYNAMIC ASSIST DUO
Mykiaa Minniss and Margie Detrizio have each put together a 3-game assist streak this season. Minniss recorded an assist in three-straight game from Aug. 28 vs Eastern Washington, through the Sept. 4 contest against Denver. Detrizio is currently on an active 3-game assist streak, dating back to the Sept. 1 game at Seattle. The Cougs are the 11th and 12th players all-time with a 3-game assist streak, and the first since teammate Sydney Studer notched three-consecutive assists last season. If Detrizio were to earn an assist Thursday versus Northern Colorado, she would become just the second player in program history with 4-game assist streak, tying Beth Childs (2001) for the longest streak in WSU history.
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 against Cal Poly, Cooper moved one win shy of tying for 8th all-time in career wins (14). 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). Cooper has spent every minute of the 2022 season in goal, bringing her career total to 1,999 minutes in goal, 10th-most in program history.
SHULENBERGER APPROACHES HISTORIC RECORD
In his eighth season, Shulenberger enters this week with 85 career wins, three 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 .646 win percentage.
DETRIZIO DOUBLE TROUBLE
Junior Margie Detrizio leads the Cougs this season with 12 points, and the Chandler, Ariz., native is currently on a four-match streak with at least one assist or goal. Most recently, Detrizio tallied two assists in the win over Cal Poly to become the 40th player in program history to record a multi-assist game. Earlier this season, she also netted two goals in a single match against EWU, her second multiple-goal match of her career. Detrizio is currently tied for 5th in the Pac-12 in goals scored and tied for 29th in the country. The junior forward is also tied for 11th nationally and 3rd in the Pac-12 in shots per game (4.60).
LYNCH BACK WITH A BANG
Senior forward Grayson Lynch hopes to continue a strong run of form from last season. She notched her third goal of the 2022 campaign, Sunday versus Cal Poly, scoring a golazo from the outside of the penalty area. It was her third-straight match with a goal, becoming the 22nd Cougar in program history with a 3-game goal streak. If Lynch were to net a goal Thursday versus UNCo, she would become just the 6th Cougar all-time with a 4-game scoring streak and the first to achieve the feat since WSU-great Morgan Weaver did so twice in her collegiate career.
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.
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.
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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