WSU Soccer Falls in Home Contest to ASU
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's soccer team (8-4-3, 2-3-2) lost to Arizona State, 2-0, Thursday night at Lower Soccer Field. The Sun Devils scored two second-half goals to hand WSU its first home loss of the season.
The Cougars continued a season-long theme of heavily outshooting their opponents, putting up 32 shots on ASU, compared to just eight shots for the visitors. After a scoreless first half, in which Cougar goalkeeper Nadia Cooper made one save, WSU returned from the locker room looking to increase the pressure.
In the 50th minute, with the Cougs pressing forward into the attacking third, ASU quickly countered out of the back and played a cross in to Olivia Nguyen who finished the chance first-time for a 1-0 lead.
Washington State continued its offensive onslaught, putting up 20 shots in the final 40 minutes. WSU forced ASU's goalkeeper into seven saves in the match, including a pair of shots from Margie Detrizio around the hour mark, which the Sun Devils' netkeeper was able to parry away.
As the Cougars pressed forward, ASU looked to exploit the counter attack, getting the opportunity to double its lead in the 74th minute. Arizona State's Hannah Leitner found herself alone in the WSU box as her teammate, Eva van Deursen, played a ball across the top of the area to the running Leitner for the finish into the corner and her first goal of the season.
The Cougars' loss Thursday night was the first home defeat of the season and the first loss at Lower Soccer Field in over one calendar year (Oct. 7, 2021).
Washington State concludes a three-game homestand Sunday, Oct. 23, hosting the Arizona Wildcats at noon. The match will be carried on Pac-12 Arizona and serve as the Cougars' Senior Day recognition.
Things You Need to Know
- WSU lost for the first time at home this season with a record of 5-1-3…the loss marks the first defeat at Lower Soccer Field since Oct. 7, 2021 at the hands of No. 14 Stanford
- Mykiaa Minniss started her 88th career game, second all-time at WSU, and three games back from WSU's all time starts leader, Syndey Pulver
- Minniss also sits 3rd in all-time career appearances by a Cougar at 88, five games away from 2nd all-time
- Aaqila McLyn played in her 81st career match Thursday night, moving her into a tie at 8th all-time in career matches played at WSU