Early Goal Gives Cougs Win, Shulenberger All-Time Wins Record
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's soccer team (8-1-2) defeated visiting Utah, 1-0, at Lower Soccer Field Sunday afternoon. With the victory, WSU Head Coach Todd Shulenberger became the school's all-time wins leader with 89 career victories. Cougar senior Grayson Lynch netted the game-winning goal in the 9th minute, and secured Shulenberger's place in history.
Just over eight minutes into the match, WSU found the game-winner when junior Margie Detrizio headed a ball on to sophomore Lindsey Turner. On her first touch, Turner delivered a perfectly weighted ball to the top of the Utah penalty area. The Utes' goalkeeper came off her line to meet the ball, but a running Grayson Lynch was first to it, touching the ball past the Utah keeper, before finishing off-balance with her left foot.
The goal was Lynch's fourth of the season and second game-winning goal of the year. Detrizio and Turner each earned an assist, Detrizio's team-leading fifth assist, and Turner's second assist as a Cougar.
WSU's sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper made a season-high five saves, including three outstretched saves to keep the Cougs ahead. In the 16th minute, Cooper was quick off her line to meet a surging Ute, making a kick save to maintain the lead. Before the end of the half Cooper would be called upon for another huge save, diving left and getting her fingers on a powerful shot in the 33rd minute to keep the clean sheet.
Returning from the break, the Cougars continued their offensive form with 12 second-half shots, including five looks on target. With four minutes left in the contest, Cooper would be called upon for another crucial save. Obstructed from view, Utah forward Kelly Bullock took a one-time shot from 10 yards out. Cooper dove quickly down and to her right, putting a hand to the shot, and parrying it wide.
The Cougars are unbeaten in 10-straight matches dating back to the home-opening tie versus Portland. It is the longest unbeaten streak since the 2018 Cougars began the season on a 10-game winning streak.
With his 89th win, coach Todd Shulenberger surpassed former head coach Matt Potter, who secured 88 career wins in nine seasons at WSU.
Washington State returns to action next Thursday, Oct. 6, traveling to Berkeley, Calif., to face the Cal Golden Bears at 3 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Things You Need to Know
- Grayson Lynch scored her fourth goal of the season, her second game-winner this year…Lynch has 15 career goals and six game-winning goals since joining WSU
- Lindsey Turner earned her second assist of the season…she has three assists in her collegiate career
- Margie Detrizio tallied her team-best fifth assist of the season, her 10th career assist as a Cougar
- Mykiaa Minniss started her 84th career game, moving her into 4th all-time in starts by a WSU field player…Minniss also moved one spot shy of 5th in all-time career matches played at WSU, excluding GKs (84)
- Head Coach Todd Shulenberger became the WSU all-time wins leader with his 89th career win…Shulenberger moved ahead of former head coach and record holder Matt Potter with 88 wins
- Goalkeeper Nadia Cooper earned the 18th win of her career, moving her into a tie for 6th most wins in program history
- Cooper also earned her 11th career shutout…moving her up into a tie for the 6th-most shutouts in Cougar history
- The Cougars are now unbeaten in 10-straight matches dating back to the home-opening tie against Portland, Aug. 25…the longest streak since the 2018 Cougar team started the season with 10-straight wins and finished the year in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament