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Cougs Welcome Sun Devils Thursday Night

Oct 18, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE (8-3-3, 2-2-2)
vs ARIZONA STATE (6-3-3, 2-3-1)
Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
Pullman, Wash. | Lower Soccer Field
Live Video | Pac-12 Network (PxP: Greg Talbott)
Live Stats | StatBroadcast

OPENING XI
    I.    WSU hosts ASU at Lower Soccer Field Thursday night at 7 p.m. with coverage on the Pac-12 Network...the Cougs and Sun Devils have tied the last two meetings
    II.    Wazzu and ASU last met Oct. 15, 2021 in Tempe with the sides tying 2-2 after 2OT...then junior Bridget Rieken scored the opening goal and Elyse Bennett added the second
    III.    Last time out the Cougs tied Oregon, 1-1, Friday, Oct. 14, as Margie Detrizio picked up the equalizing goal early in the second half off a goalkeeper rebound
    IV.    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
    V.    Mykiaa Minniss started her 87th career match Friday vs Oregon, moving her into 2nd all-time in school history for career matches started, excluding goalkeepers
    VI.    Margie Detrizio leads the Pac-12 Conference in shots on frame (2.14), which is tied for 10th nationally, with 47% of her shots on frame
    VII.    Detrizio leads the team with 21 points (tied 4th in Pac-12), 8 goals (T-6), and 5 assists (T-6)
    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 ranks 3rd nationally with 21.5 shots per game and are outshooting opponents 301-117, just behind Stanford atop the Pac-12
    X.    Minniss and Sydney Studer were named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Midseason Top 100 Players to Watch, alongside Lily Boyden on the Freshmen Top 100 list
    XI.    WSU's average home attendance of 1,160 fans per game ranks 18th nationally

COUGARS VS SUN DEVILS
Washington State continues a three-game homestand Thursday, Oct. 20, welcoming the Arizona State Sun Devils to Lower Soccer Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Cougars and Sun Devils have tied in their last two meetings. Last year the programs met in Tempe, Oct. 15, in a 2-2 double-overtime tie. Then-junior Bridget Rieken scored the opening goal, Elyse Bennett added a second, before ASU rallied back to tie the match. Head Coach Todd Shulenberger holds a 3-1-2 record all-time against the Sun Devils, since arriving in Pullman prior to the 2015 season.

SHULENBERGER BREAKS WSU ALL-TIME WINS 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 .645 win percentage.

OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER CARRYING COUGS
So far this season, Wazzu has scored 27 goals (1.93 per game) from 11 different Cougars, led by Margie Detrizio with eight goals. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 301-117 and the average of 21.5 shots per game ranks third nationally and second only to Stanford in the Pac-12. WSU is putting shots on frame at a 36% clip (108-of-301) and have limited opponents to just 45 total shots on target (3.2 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.

UNBEATEN AT HOME
The WSU soccer team is unbeaten at home this season with a 5-0-3 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 12 home matches with a 7-0-5 record. In that time, Wazzu has scored 25 goals and held opponents to just eight goals in Pullman.

HOME SWEET HOME
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 1,160 fans per game, good for 18th in the country.

DETRIZIO DOMINATION
Margie Detrizio leads the Cougs this season with 21 points. As the team's top goal scorer (8 goals) and assist leader (5 assists), Detrizio is tied for 4th in the Pac-12 in points, and tied for 6th in the conference in goals scored and 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 2.14 per game, which is 10th nationally. The Chandler, Ariz., native is also leading the conference with 4.5 shots per game and ranks 6th nationally.

THREE COUGS ON MIDSEASON TOP 100 WATCHLISTS
Earlier this week TopDrawerSoccer.com released its midseason list of top players in the nation. Three Cougars appeared across the national and freshmen top 100 lists. Fifth-year seniors Sydney Studer and Mykiaa Minniss both appeared on the National Top 100 list. Studer was listed at No. 71, up from No. 73 in the preseason list. Minniss comes in at No. 78 after starting at No. 82 in the preseason list. Freshmen Lily Boyden notched her spot on the Freshmen Top 100 list, clocking in at No. 80.

CAREER COUG MYKIAA MINNISS
With her 87th career start Friday versus Oregon, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved 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 7,921 minutes in a Cougar uniform over five seasons.

COOPER RE-WRITING WSU RECORD BOOK
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 2,703 minutes in goal, 8th-most in program history.

MCLYN ENTERS TOP-10 GAMES PLAYED
With her start last week against Oregon, redshirt, fifth-year senior Aaqila McLyn made her 80th career appearance in Cougar uniform, moving her into a tie at 9th all-time in WSU history for all-time matches played by a field player. If McLyn appears in all five remaining regular season games, she would sit in a tie with former teammate Morgan Weaver at 5th all-time.

COUGS IN THE NWSL PLAYOFFS
Of the six teams which qualified for 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. With the Current and Wave FC's advancement to the semifinals, three of the four remaining teams have Cougs on the roster.

LYNCH BACK WITH A BANG
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.

MARGIE & MYKIAA DYNAMIC ASSIST DUO
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.

STUDER'S LAST-MINUTE STUNNER
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.

SISTER DUOS POWERING NCAA SOCCER
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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