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Soccer Hosts Utah in Sunday Matinee

Sep 30, 2022

#15 WASHINGTON STATE (7-1-2, 1-0-1)
vs UTAH (5-3-2, 1-1-0)
Sunday, Oct. 2 at Noon
Pullman, Wash. | Lower Soccer Field
Watch | Pac-12 Washington & Pac-12 Mountain
Play by Play | Greg Heister
Live Stats | StatBroadcast

    I.    #15 WSU welcomes Utah Sunday for a noon kickoff at Lower Soccer Field... WSU is unbeaten against the Utes in four matches dating back to 2019
    II.    Wazzu and Colorado last met Sept. 2021 in Salt Lake City...the Cougs won 1-0 when then-junior Grayson Lynch scored in the 77th minute off an assist from Margie Detrizio
    III.    With 88 career wins, Coach Todd Shulenberger is tied for the all-time coaching wins record at WSU...the next victory will secure him as the Cougs' winningest coach in program history with 89 victories
    IV.    WSU is unbeaten in 9-straight matches for the first time since starting the 2018 season with 10-straight wins...that team advanced to the NCAA Second Round
    V.    Mykiaa Minniss started her 83rd career match Thursday v Colorado, moving her into a tie for 4th all-time in career matches started at WSU, excluding GKs
    VI.    Margie Detrizio scored her team-best 7th goal of the season, 9/18 at SMC...Detrizio leads the team with 18 points and is tied for 4th-most goals in the Pac-12
    VII.    Bridget Rieken scored the equalizer Thursday versus Colorado, her second goal of the season and the 6th goal of her career
    VIII.    Sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper picked up her 17th career win last Friday at OSU, moving her one win shy of a tie for 6th on WSU's all-time GK wins list
    IX.    The Cougs are outshooting opponents 237-63, averaging 23.7 shots per game
    X.    Detrizio leads the Pac-12 in shots on frame (2.5), which is tied for 4th nationally
    XI.    WSU's average home attendance of 1,222 fans per game ranks 14th nationally

Washington State welcomes the University of Utah to Lower Soccer Field, Sunday at 12 p.m. with coverage on Pac-12 Washington and Pac-12 Mountain. WSU holds a 9-8-2 advantage in the series history. The programs last met Sept. 30, 2021 in Salt Lake City with the Cougs earning the 1-0 win courtesy of the game-winning goal from then-junior Grayson Lynch off an assist from then-sophomore Margie Detrizio in the 77th minute. Since arriving on the Palouse, Coach Todd Shulenberger is 5-2-1 against the Utes, and the Cougs are unbeaten in 4-straight matches, dating back to 2019.

In his eighth season, Shulenberger enters this weekend with 88 career wins, tied for the all-time wins record held by former coach Matt Potter. Shulenberger will break the record with his next victory and cement himself as the winningest coach in WSU history. Shulenberger also holds the second-best win percentage in program history. In his career, he has a .652 win percentage.

For the first time since preseason, the Cougars are ranked in the national coaches poll published by United Soccer Coaches. The Cougs are ranked No. 15 in the country entering this weekend, after starting the season #20 in the USC Coaches' Preseason Poll. WSU is one of three nationally-ranked Pac-12 programs, between No. 1 UCLA and No. 20 Southern Cal. Washington and Stanford are also receiving votes in the national poll. In the Coaches' Pacific Region, Wazzu is second, behind only UCLA. In the most recent RPI rankings put out by the NCAA, WSU is No. 25 with three past or upcoming opponents in the top 25 and an additional three upcoming Pac-12 opponents in the RPI top-50.

So far this season, Wazzu has scored 23 goals (2.3 per game) from 11 different Cougars, led by Margie Detrizio with seven goals. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 237-63 and the average of 23.7 shots per game ranks third nationally and second only to Stanford in the Pac-12. WSU is putting shots on frame at a 36.3 % clip (86-of-237) and have limited opponents to just 26 total shots on target.

Since beginning the season with a loss at then-No. 17 Michigan, the Cougars have been unbeaten in the last 9 matches, dating back to the home-opener tie against Portland, Aug. 25. Since then, the Cougars have scored 22 goals (2.44 per match) from 11 different goal-scorers, outscoring opponents 22-7 over the month-long unbeaten streak. The 9-game run marks the longest unbeaten streak since the 2018 Cougar side won the first 10 games of the season, finishing the year in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Margie Detrizio leads the Cougs this season with 18 points. 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. Twice this season, Detrizio has scored multi-goal games, becoming just the sixth Cougar in program history with three multi-goal matches in their career, and the first since Carly Dobratz from 2006-09. Detrizio has a knack for finding the frame, as the Pac-12's leader in shots on goal with 2.50 per game, which is tied for 4th nationally. She is currently tied for 4th in the Pac-12 in goals scored, and the Chandler, Ariz., native is also leading the conference with 4.80 shots per game and ranks 4th nationally.

With her 83rd career start Thursday against Colorado, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved into a tie  with former teammate Elyse Bennett for 4th 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.

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 Oregon State last Friday, Cooper earned her 17th career win, secured her spot at 8th all-time in WSU career wins, and moved one win shy of a tie for 6th-most GK wins in program history. Cooper also picked up her third complete cleansheet of the season last Friday in Corvallis, earning her 10th-career shutout and a tie for 8th on WSU's all-time goalkeeper shutout list. Cooper has spent all but 15 minutes of the 2022 season in goal, bringing her career total to 2,343 minutes in goal, 10th-most in program history.

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. This season, Wazzu is averaging 1,222 fans per game through six matches, good for 14th in the country.

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, Sept. 11 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.

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 known D-I program with a staff-athlete sister combination.

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 went on her own 3-game assist streak, between the Sept. 1 game at Seattle and the Sept. 11 victory versus Cal Poly.

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.

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