Cougs Conclude Homestand against Wildcats Sunday
I. WSU hosts Arizona Sunday at noon at Lower Soccer Field to conclude a 3-match homestand...the game will be televised on Pac-12 Arizona
II. Last time out against the Wildcats, the Cougs defeated Arizona 2-0 to snap a 6-game losing streak...current fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss assisted on the second goal
III. The Cougs suffered their first home loss of the season Thursday against ASU, falling to the Sun Devils, 2-0, in the first loss at Lower Soccer Field since Oct. 2021
IV. Mykiaa Minniss started her 88th career game, second all-time at WSU, Thursday against ASU, and sits three games back from WSU's all time starts leader
V. Margie Detrizio leads the Pac-12 Conference in shots (72) and shots on frame (2.13), which is tied for 4th and 11th nationally, respectively
VI. Detrizio leads the team with 21 points (tied 6th in Pac-12), 8 goals (T-7), and 5 assists (T-7)
VII. The Cougs rank 3rd nationally with 22.2 shots per game and are outshooting opponents 333-125, just behind Stanford atop the Pac-12
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. 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
X. WSU's average home attendance of 1,118 fans per game ranks 19th nationally
XI. 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
COUGARS VS WILDCATS
Washington State concludes a three-game homestand Sunday, Oct. 23, welcoming the Arizona Wildcats to Lower Soccer Field for a noon kickoff. Last time out against the Wildcats, the Cougars snapped a 6-game losing streak, defeating UA 2-0, Sept. 24, 2021. Junior forward Enzi Broussard scored the Cougars' opening goal and senior Elyse Bennett added the second in the 62nd minute with an assist from Mykiaa Minniss.
OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER CARRYING COUGS
So far this season, Wazzu has scored 27 goals (1.80 per game) from 11 different Cougars, led by Margie Detrizio with eight goals. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 333-125 and the average of 22.2 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 (115-of-333) and have limited opponents to just 50 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.
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 1,118 fans per game, good for 19th in the country. Prior to Thursday's loss to ASU, the Cougars were unbeaten at home in 2022 and had not lost at Lower Soccer Field since Oct. 7, 2021, a 1-0 loss to #14 Stanford.
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 6th in the Pac-12 in points, and tied for 7th 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 SHOOTING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Detrizio has a knack for finding the frame, as the Pac-12's leader in shots on goal with 2.13 per game, which is 11th nationally. The Chandler, Ariz., native is also leading the conference with 4.8 shots per game and ranks 4th nationally. With a season-high nine shots against Arizona State, Detrizio pushed her season shot total to 72, earning her a spot in WSU's top-10 list for shots in a season. She also brought her career shot total up to 144, and into the career record book for total shots by a player, at 10th all-time.
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.
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 .641 win percentage.
CAREER COUG MYKIAA MINNISS
With her 88th career start Thursday versus Oregon, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved three starts shy of WSU's all-time career starts leader, Sydney Pulver with 91. Minniss has started every single match of her Cougar career. If Minniss starts all the remaining regular-season matches this year, she would finish as WSU's all-time career starts leader with 92. Minniss has played 8,011 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 2,793 minutes in goal, 8th-most in program history.
MCLYN ENTERS TOP-10 GAMES PLAYED
With her start against the Sun Devils, redshirt, fifth-year senior Aaqila McLyn made her 81st career appearance in Cougar uniform, moving her into a tie at 8th all-time in WSU history for all-time matches played by a field player. If McLyn appears in all four 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.
COUGS TABBED THIRD BY PAC-12 COACHES
Washington State was voted third by coaches of the Pac-12 Conference in this fall's preseason poll. The placement marks the highest selection in program history, including a pair of first-place votes for the first time.
The Cougs picked up some of their highest preseason honors in program history. WSU was selected No. 19 in the TopDrawerSoccer preseason poll, matching the highest preseason ranking in team history. Wazzu was also voted No. 20 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, tying its best-ever preseason selection in a national coaches poll.
UNITED SOCCER COACHES NAME THREE TO PRESEASON WATCHLISTS
Three Cougs were named to the United Soccer Coaches Division I Players to Watch. Sophomore Nadia Cooper was named to the goalkeepers watchlist. Fifth-year seniors Mykiaa Minniss (D) and Sydney Studer (M) were also named as players to watch at their positions. Only returning student-athletes who were named to a USC All-Region team last season are eligible for the preseason watchlists.
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