Soccer Opens Conference Play at Oregon State
I. WSU opens Pac-12 conference play at Oregon State, Friday at 6 p.m....the Cougs have won 4-straight against the Beavers, dating back to 2018
II. Wazzu and OSU last met Oct. 2021, when Margie Detrizio scored the game-winner in the 99th minute, her 2nd of the day, in a 3-2 overtime victory in Corvallis
III. With 87 career wins, Coach Todd Shulenberger is just one win shy of tying the all-time coaching wins record at WSU (88)
IV. Mykiaa Minniss started her 81st career match Sunday at Saint Mary's, securing her position at 5th all-time in career matches started at WSU
V. Margie Detrizio scored her team-best 7th goal of the season, Sunday at SMC...Detrizio leads the team with 18 points and is tied for 4th-most goals in the Pac-12 and tied for 16th in the country
VI. Detrizio is on a 6-match point streak, having scored or assisted in WSU's 6-straight wins, to become the first Coug with a 6-game streak since 2009
VII. Senior transfer Brianna McReynolds scored her first goal as a Coug, Sunday at SMC, heading home a cross from Lily Boyden in the 35th minute
VIII. Sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper picked up her 16th career win Sunday at SMC, securing her spot at 8th on WSU's all-time GK wins list
IX. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 177-45, averaging of 22.1 shots per game
X. Detrizio leads the Pac-12 in shots per game (4.71), which is 5th nationally
XI. WSU is 6-1-0 against the Beavers since Shulenberger arrived in 2015
COUGARS VS BEAVERS
Washington State opens its Pac-12 schedule on the road with a trip to Corvallis, Ore. to face Oregon State, Friday at 6 p.m. WSU holds a 18-10-3 advantage in the series history. The programs last met Oct. 31, 2021 in Corvallis, with the Cougs winning a come-from-behind match in overtime, 3-2 on Halloween. Then-sophomore Margie Detrizio tallied a brace, scoring the Cougs' opening equalizer, before finishing the contest in the 99th minute with the game-winner. Since arriving on the Palouse, Coach Todd Shulenberger is 6-1-0 against OSU, his lone loss a 0-1 double-overtime road defeat in 2017.
OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER CARRYING COUGS
So far this season, Wazzu has scored 21 goals (2.63 per game) from 11 different Cougars, led by Margie Detrizio with seven goals. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 177-45 through eight matches and the average of 22.1 shots per game ranks sixth nationally and second only to Stanford in the Pac-12. WSU is putting shots on frame at a 39% clip (69-of-177) and have limited opponents to just 22 total shots on target.
With the Pac-12 schedule beginning, the Cougs are looking to win the conference opener for the second year in a row. Last season, the Cougs defeated Arizona, 2-0, at home. Wazzu has not lost a Pac-12 opener since 2017, a 2-1 loss at the hands of No. 2 Stanford. Since beginning his tenure at WSU, Coach Shulenberger holds a 4-2-1 record in Pac-12 openers. All-time the Cougs are 12-11-4 in conference openers and 6-2-3 since the conference expanded to the Pac-12. In the first road contest of the conference, the Cougs are 11-11-4 all-time.
SHULENBERGER APPROACHES HISTORIC RECORD
In his eighth season, Shulenberger enters this weekend with 87 career wins, one shy of tying the all-time wins record held by former coach Matt Potter. Shulenberger could tie the record as early as Friday's conference opener at Oregon State, and break the record with an 89th win in Pullman against Colorado for the Pac-12 home opener. Shulenberger also holds the second-best win percentage in program history. In his career, he has a .651 win percentage.
Margie Detrizio leads the Cougs this season with 18 points. The junior forward is currently on a six-match point streak with at least one assist or goal. She is the first Coug with a 6-game point streak since WSU Hall of Famer Kiersten Dallstream tallied points in 6-straight games in fall 2009. Last weekend, Detrizio scored three goals over two games including a brace in a win over Northern Colorado - her second multi-goal game of the season and the third of her career. Detrizio became just the sixth Cougar in program history with three multi-goal matches in their career, and the first since Carly Dobratz from 2006-09. In the previous win over Cal Poly, Detrizio notched two assists, becoming the 40th player in program history to record a multi-assist game. Detrizio is currently tied for 3rd in the Pac-12 in goals scored and tied for 10th in the country. The Chandler, Ariz., native is also leading the conference with 4.62 shots per game and ranks 5th nationally.
CAREER COUG MYKIAA MINNISS
With her 81st career start Sunday against Cal Poly, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss secured her position at 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.
SIX-STRAIGHT WINS STREAK
Since beginning the season 0-1-1, the Cougars have won 6-straight matches, dating back to the win over Eastern Washington, Aug. 28. Since then, the Cougars have scored 20 goals (3.33 per match) from 11 different goal-scorers, outscoring opponents 20-6 over the 3-week win streak.
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 Saint Mary's, Cooper moved into sole possession of 8th all-time in WSU career wins (16). Picking up her second complete cleansheet of the season Sunday in Moraga, Cooper earned her ninth-career shutout and pushed herself into WSU' top-10 all-time goalkeeper shutout list (10th). Cooper has spent all but 15 minutes of the 2022 season in goal, bringing her career total to 2,163 minutes in goal, 10th-most in program history.
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, a nearly identical strike to her previous goal against Denver in the game before. Lynch became the 22nd Cougar in program history with a 3-game goal streak.
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.
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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