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Cougar Soccer Hosts Oregon Friday Night

Oct 12, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE (8-3-2, 2-2-1)
vs OREGON (4-5-4, 2-3-0)
Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
Pullman, Wash. | Lower Soccer Field
Live Video | WSU Live Stream (PxP: Trevor Williams)
Live Stats | StatBroadcast

    I.    WSU welcomes Oregon to Pullman for a one-game showdown, Friday at 7 p.m. at Lower Soccer Field...the Cougs are unbeaten in their last 10 matches vs the Ducks
    II.    Wazzu and Oregon last met Oct. 28, 2021 in Eugene...the Cougs won 1-0 on an 89th minute game-winning goal from Elyse Bennett, assisted by Sydney Pulver
    III.    Coach Todd Shulenberger earned his 89th career win, Oct. 2 versus Utah to become WSU's all-time wins leader, passing former coach Matt Potter at 88 wins
    IV.    WSU fell to then-No. 14 Stanford, 2-1, last Sunday in Stanford, Calif.
    V.    Mykiaa Minniss started her 86th career match Sunday at Stanford, moving her into a tie for 2nd in all-time career matches started, excluding goalkeepers
    VI.    Margie Detrizio leads the Pac-12 Conference in shots on frame (2.15), which is tied for 10th nationally, with 50% of her shots on frame
    VII.    Detrizio leads the team with 19 points and is tied for 5th in the Pac-12 with five assists
    VIII.    Goalkeeper Nadia Cooper picked up her 18th career win Oct. 2 vs Utah, moving her into a tie for 6th on WSU's all-time GK wins list
    IX.    The Cougs are outshooting opponents 274-110, averaging 21.1 shots per game, good for 4th nationally and just behind Stanford atop the Pac-12
    X.    The Cougars lost two games in a row for the first time since April 2021 at No. 5 UCLA and No. 19 USC in the COVID-makeup spring season
    XI.    WSU's average home attendance of 1,178 fans per game ranks 17th nationally

Washington State begins a three-game homestand Friday, Oct. 14, welcoming the Oregon Ducks to Lower Soccer Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Cougars are unbeaten against the Ducks in the sides' last 10 meetings. WSU won last year's contest, 1-0, in Eugene, Ore. Senior Elyse Bennett scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute, assisted by Sydney Pulver. The Cougars' last loss to Oregon came Oct. 23, 2011, a 1-0 loss in Eugene. Head Coach Todd Shulenberger has never lost to the Ducks, holding a 5-0-2 record.

With the Cougars' win over Utah, Oct. 2, 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.

So far this season, Wazzu has scored 26 goals (2.0 per game) from 11 different Cougars, led by Margie Detrizio with seven goals. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 274-110 and the average of 21.1 shots per game ranks fourth nationally and second only to Stanford in the Pac-12. WSU is putting shots on frame at a 35% clip (97-of-274) and have limited opponents to just 43 total shots on target (3.3 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.

The WSU soccer team is unbeaten at home this season with a 5-0-2 record. The Cougars' last loss at Lower Soccer Field came Oct. 7, 2021, a 1-0 loss to #14 Stanford. Since then, WSU has gone unbeaten in 11 home matches with a 7-0-4 record. In that time Wazzu has scored 24 goals and held opponents to just seven goals in Pullman.

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 17th in the country.

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 7th 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 2.15 per game, which is 10th nationally. The Chandler, Ariz., native is also leading the conference with 4.31 shots per game and ranks 9th nationally.

With her 86th career start Sunday at Stanford, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved into a tie at 2nd 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. Minniss has played 7,831 minutes in a Cougar uniform over five seasons.

The Cougars are receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. The Cougar's most recent RPI has the team at No. 34 with four past or upcoming opponents in the top 25 and another four in the top 50. On WSU's schedule there are four Pac-12 teams ranked, headlined by No. 1 UCLA, in addition to now-No. 14 Portland.

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, Oct. 2, 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 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 2,613 minutes in goal, 9th-most in program history.

Redshirt, fifth-year senior Aaqila McLyn has made 79 appearances in Cougar uniform and is currently one game shy of entering WSU's top-10 list for all-time matches played by a field player. With her next match played, McLyn will move into a tie for 9th all time in WSU games played. Fellow fifth-year senior Elaily Hernandez-Repreza is not far behind McLyn, with 76 career appearances in Cougar uniform. If Hernandez-Repreza were to get minutes in all remaining regular season matches, she would sit in a tie for seventh in school history.

Of the six teams in the NWSL Playoffs, all but one have a Coug on their roster. In total there are six former WSU soccer players in the postseason — the Chicago Red Stars with Brianna Alger, the Houston Dash with Ella Dederick and Makamae Gomera-Stevens, the Kansas City Current with Elyse Bennett,  Portland Thorns FC with Morgan Weaver, and San Diego Wave FC with Sydney Pulver.

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.

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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