Cougars, Wildcats Battle to Scoreless Sunday Draw
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's soccer team (8-4-4, 2-3-3) tied the Arizona Wildcats, 0-0, Sunday afternoon at Lower Soccer Field to conclude a three-match homestand. The Cougars finished with 17 shots to the Wildcats' eight, and WSU sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper made three saves to earn her 12th career shutout.
About 20 minutes into the match, with both sides settling in to a physical battle, Grayson Lynch gave the Cougars their best look of the first half. The senior forward found the ball at her feet following a goal mouth scramble, turned and shot from inside the 6-yard box, but Arizona goalkeeper Hope Hisey was well-positioned for the save.
Just five minutes later, Lynch was involved in another Cougar scoring opportunity when she delivered a short cross in from the left endline. Senior Brianna McReynolds made a run at the near post to meet the ball and flick a first-time shot at the near post. Once again, the Wildcats' Hisey was there for the save to keep the match scoreless.
With 10 minutes remaining in the opening half, McReynolds had another look at goal after dispossessing an Arizona defender at the top of the box. McReynolds dribbled at the Arizona 'keeper one-on-one before slipping a square ball across the 6-yard box towards a streaking Margie Detrizio. Detrizio was a half-step behind the ball, which rolled out the endline beyond the far post.
After the half, both teams returned looking for the game-winning goal. Detrizio nearly found the winner in the 54th minute, meeting a cross at the penalty spot, splitting a pair of defenders, before pushing the shot inches wide of the left post.
The second half proved a physical affair with six yellow cards issued – four to Arizona and two to Washington State. The Wildcats looked to disrupt the Cougars' rhythm in the midfield, breaking up opportunities with tactical fouls and long clearances.
Sophomore transfer Aaliyah Bluett played a 16 minutes in the match, including a well-placed cross in the 75th minute that skipped passed three Cougar attackers and untouched by the Arizona backline. About five minutes later the Cougs would earn their fifth corner kick, causing a loose ball scramble in the penalty area that WSU could not capitalize on.
Washington State hits the road for its final road stretch of the regular season. WSU will face No. 1 UCLA Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Los Angeles, followed by No. 15 USC Sunday, Oct. 30 at noon. Both matches will be carried by Pac-12 Networks.
Things You Need to Know
- Margie Detrizio tallied two shots in today's match, bringing her season total to 74 and up to a tie for 9th on the single-season shots record list
- Detrizio also upped her career shot total to 146, 10th all-time in school history
- Mykiaa Minniss started her 89th career game, second all-time at WSU, and two games back from WSU's all time starts leader, Sydney Pulver at 91
- Minniss also sits 3rd in all-time career appearances by a Cougar at 89, four games away from 2nd all-time
- Aaqila McLyn played in her 82nd career match Sunday, moving her into a tie at 7th all-time in career matches played at WSU
- Nadia Cooper earned her 12th career shutout, moving her into 6th-most shutouts in Cougar history