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Cougar Soccer at Stanford Sunday

Oct 7, 2022

#21/20 WASHINGTON STATE (8-2-2, 2-2-1)
vs #14/21 STANFORD (10-2-1, 3-1-0)
Sunday, Oct. 9 at Noon
Stanford, Calif. | Cagan Stadium
Live Video | Pac-12 Bay Area (PxP: Kylen Mills)
Live Stats | StatBroadcast

    I.    The #21 Cougs visit #14 Stanford for a top-25 showdown Sunday at noon inside Cagan Stadium...the Cardinal has won the last two meetings with WSU
    II.    Wazzu and Stanford last met Oct. 2021 in Pullman...the Cardinal won 1-0
    III.    Coach Todd Shulenberger earned his 89th career win, last Sunday versus Utah to become WSU's all-time wins leader, passing former coach Matt Potter at 88 wins
    IV.    WSU's loss at Cal snapped a 10-game unbeaten streak, the longest since starting the 2018 season with 10-straight wins en route to an NCAA Second Round appearance
    V.    Mykiaa Minniss started her 85th career match Thursday at Cal, moving her into a tie for 3rd all-time in career matches started with former teammate Morgan Weaver
    VI.    Margie Detrizio tallied her team-leading 5th assist last Sunday vs Utah...Detrizio leads the team with 19 points and is tied for 5th in the conference for assists
    VII.    Senior transfer Brianna McReynolds scored her 2nd goal of the season Thursday at was McReynolds' 15th collegiate goal
    VIII.   Goalkeeper Nadia Cooper picked up her 18th career win last Sunday vs Utah, moving her into a tie for 6th on WSU's all-time GK wins list
    IX.    The Cougs are outshooting opponents 268-88, averaging 22.33 shots per game, good for 3rd nationally and just behind Stanford atop the Pac-12
    X.    Detrizio leads the Pac-12 in shots on frame (2.33), which is 8th nationally
    XI.    WSU's average home attendance of 1,178 fans per game ranks 15th nationally

Washington State concludes its Bay Area road swing at No. 14 Stanford, Sunday, Oct. 9 at Cagan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon with television coverage on Pac-12 Network. Stanford holds a 25-3-2 advantage in the series history, having won the last two matchups. On Oct. 7, 2021 the sides met in Pullman, Wash., where the Cardinal came away with a 1-0 victory. Washington State has won once when visiting The Farm - a 1-0 win on Nov. 2, 2003.

With last Sunday's win over Utah, WSU Head Coach Todd Shulenberger earned his 89th career victory to become the all-time wins leader in Cougar coaching history. Shulenberger surpassed former coach Matt Potter, who put together 88 wins over nine seasons in Pullman. Shulenberger also holds the second-best win percentage in program history. In his career, he has a .650 win percentage.

For the second-consecutive week, the Cougars are ranked in the national coaches poll published by United Soccer Coaches. The Cougs are ranked No. 21 in the country entering this weekend, after starting the season #20 in the USC Coaches' Preseason Poll. WSU also jumped into the poll at No. 20 in the country. Washington State is one of four nationally-ranked Pac-12 programs, behind No. 1 UCLA, No. 8 Southern Cal, and No. 14 Stanford. In the most recent RPI rankings put out by the NCAA, WSU is No. 23 with four 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 25 goals (2.08 per game) from 11 different Cougars, led by Margie Detrizio with seven goals. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 268-88 and the average of 22.3 shots per game ranks third nationally and second only to Stanford in the Pac-12. WSU is putting shots on frame at a 35% clip (93-of-268) and have limited opponents to just 33 total shots on target (2.75 per game). When the Cougs welcomed Colorado to Pullman at the end of September, they put 39 shots up on the Buffs, the most since last season's home opener against Arkansas State, and tied for 4th-most shot attempts in a single match in school history.

Thursday's 2-1 loss at Cal snapped a 10-game unbeaten streak that had extended back to the Cougars' home-opening tie against Portland. Over the 10-game unbeaten streak, the Cougars have scored 23 goals (2.3 per match) from 11 different goal-scorers, outscoring opponents 23-7. The 10-game run marked 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 19 points. As the team's top goal scorer (7 goals) and assist leader (5 assists), Detrizio is tied for 6th in the Pac-12 in goals scored and tied for 5th in the conference in assists. 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 2.33 per game, which is eighth nationally. She is currently tied for 6th in the Pac-12 in goals scored, and the Chandler, Ariz., native is also leading the conference with 4.58 shots per game and ranks 6th nationally.

With her 85th career start Thursday at California, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved into a tie with former teammate Morgan Weaver at 3rd 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 versus Utah last Sunday, Cooper earned her 18th career win, moving into a tie for 6th all-time in WSU career wins. Cooper also picked up her fourth complete cleansheet of the season last Sunday versus Utah, earning her 11th-career shutout and a tie for 6th 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 2,523 minutes in goal, 10th-most in program history.

Senior forward Grayson Lynch hopes to continue a strong run of form from last season. She notched her fourth goal of the 2022 campaign, Sunday, Oct. 2 versus Utah. Lynch has scored two goals from outside the penalty area. When she scored Sunday, Sept. 11 against Cal Poly, Lynch became the 22nd Cougar in program history with a 3-game goal streak.

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.

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 1,178 fans per game through six matches, good for 15th in the country.

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.

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