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Cougars Down Gaels, Close Nonconference with a Win

Sep 18, 2022

Moraga, Calif. – The Washington State women's soccer team (6-1-1) closed its nonconference schedule with a 2-0 win at Saint Mary's, Sunday afternoon. Senior transfer Brianna McReynolds scored her first goal as a Coug, and junior Margie Detrizio doubled the lead in the 87th minute for WSU's victory in wet conditions at Saint Mary's Stadium.
McReynolds opened her scoring account at WSU in the 35th minute, less than 10 minutes after entering the match, when freshman Lily Boyden delivered a cross from the right side into the area. McReynolds ran at the driven ball, holding off a defender while she headed home the opening goal, back across frame, and into the side netting.
The Cougars continued their offensive run of form throughout the contest, outshooting the Gaels 16-4, including 8-3 in the opening half.
Returning from the break, Saint Mary's pressed forward, looking for the equalizer. In the 58th minute, SMC's Isabella Santavicca placed a floating shot into upper right corner that looked like it would fall, when sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper made an outstretched, diving save to secure the Cougar lead. The save was one of three by Cooper in the match, and the biggest of the trio when the Gaels were gaining momentum.
Junior standout Margie Detrizio finished the game in the 87th minute with her team-leading seventh goal of the season, doubling the WSU lead to secure the victory. Detrizio has scored or assisted on a goal in 6-straight matches, and leads the Cougs with 18 points this season.
The Cougars concluded their road nonconference slate with a 2-1-0 record and five goals scored away from Pullman. The lone loss coming at then-No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor to open the season.
Washington State now turns its attention to Pac-12 play, opening the conference schedule with a single-game trip to Oregon State, Friday, Sept. 23 in Corvallis, Ore. The match is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. with coverage on the Pac-12 Network.
Things You Need to Know

  • Senior transfer Brianna McReynolds scored her first goal at WSU and the 14th of her collegiate career
  • Freshman Lily Boyden earned her second assist of the season
  • Junior Margie Detrizio scored her team-best seventh goal of the season and 14th in her career
  • Head Coach Todd Shulenberger recorded the 87th win of his career…he is now one win shy of tying the all-time wins record at WSU
  • Fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss started her 81st career game…Minniss is 5th all-time in starts by a WSU field player
  • Minniss also moved into a tie for 7th in all-time career matches played at WSU, excluding GKs
  • Sophomore Nadia Cooper earned the 16th win of her career, putting her in sole possession of 8th all-time in WSU goalkeeping wins
  • Cooper also picked up her second solo shutout of the season and the 9th of her career