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Detrizio Equalizes as Cougs Draw Oregon, 1-1

Oct 14, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's soccer team (8-3-3, 2-2-2) tied Oregon, 1-1, Friday night at Lower Soccer Field. WSU junior Margie Detrizio scored the equalizer in the 53rd minute after Oregon jumped to the lead in the 10th minute.
 
"The game was in front of us," WSU Head Coach Todd Shulenberger said following the match. "We had plenty of opportunities there. We have to go out of here positive. We just have to continue to work our game inside the 18-yard box."
 
The Ducks started aggressive from kickoff, looking to put the Cougs on their heels early. After an opening 10 minutes with both sides looking to get a feel for the game, Oregon found the chance it was looking for. A cross from the right side found OU's Trinity Morales in the 6-yard box. WSU goalkeeper Nadia Cooper quickly denied the first-time shot, but Morales got her foot to the rebound and gave the Ducks the early lead.
 
With the advantage, Oregon settled into a 6- and 7-man defensive shape and forced the Cougars to break down a crowded defensive third. The Cougars took over possession and dominated shot opportunities for the remainder of the game. Junior Jenna Studer provided the Cougs' best look of the first half in the 25th minute, running on to a whipped-in ball from Grayson Lynch. Studer headed the ball with pace, but Oregon's goalkeeper, Leah Freeman, made the save to keep the Ducks ahead.
 
In the first half, the Cougars outshot the Ducks 10-4 and forced Oregon's Freeman into seven saves, but were unable to find the equalizer. Junior Margie Detrizio and freshman Lily Boyden both had looks on frame that the OU keeper saved.
 
Returning from intermission, WSU continued its dominate offensive performance. Detrizio nearly found the tying goal just 90 seconds into the half, slipping through the Oregon defense before slicing a shot just wide of the left post.
 
She would get her redemption in the 53rd minute, when a loose ball fell to her feet in the area. Senior Brianna McReynolds challenged Oregon's Freeman on a ball in the box and with Freeman out of goal, Detrizio jumped on the deflection and found the back right corner of the net. The goal was Detrizio's team-leading 8th goal of the season.
 
Washington State continued its offensive onslaught, looking to complete the come-from-behind victory at home. In the 67th minute, junior Alyssa Gray dribbled at the Oregon box, shaking a defender before firing a shot from a tight angle that forced Freeman into her ninth save of the match.
 
Time would expire before the Cougars could find the game-winner, finishing with 11 shots on frame and 27 total shots in the match. WSU limited Oregon to seven shots in the match and just two opportunities on target. The Cougars finished with seven corner kicks in the match to Oregon's three.
 
The Cougars remain unbeaten at Lower Soccer Field this season, with a 5-0-3 record. Washington State returns to action next Thursday, Oct. 20, hosting Arizona State at 7 p.m. Coverage will be provided on Pac-12 Network.
 
Things You Need to Know

  • Margie Detrizio scored her team-leading 8th goal of the season
  • Detrizio has 21 points this season and reached 40 career points scored with her goal
  • The Cougars outshot their opponent for the 12th time this season…WSU is now 8-1-3 when outshooting opponents
  • WSU remains unbeaten at home this season with a 5-0-3 record and three home regular season matches remaining
  • Mykiaa Minniss started her 87th career game, moving her into 2nd place all-time in starts by a WSU field player
  • Minniss also moved into sole possession of 3rd in all-time career matches played at WSU, excluding GKs (87)
  • Aaqila McLyn played in her 80th career match Friday night, moving her onto WSU top-10 appearances list, into a tie for ninth all-time