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Cougar Soccer Falls at No. 1 Bruins, 1-0

Oct 27, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The Washington State women's soccer team (8-5-4, 2-4-3) fell to No. 1 UCLA, 1-0, Thursday night at Wallis Annenberg Stadium in Los Angeles. The Cougars held the top-ranked Bruins scoreless for the first half, before UCLA found the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute.
 
The Cougar defense headlined the first half, limiting the Bruins' high-powered offense to three shots on target and three first-half saves for sophomore goalkeeper Nadia Cooper. Cooper made a season-high nine saves in the match, bringing her total to 101 career saves, tied for 10th-most in program history.
 
Throughout the match, Washington State looked to counter UCLA's high, offensive press, with an early opportunity in the 5th minute. Junior Margie Detrizio broke free down the right side and whipped in a ball to a running Brianna McReynolds, but just out of reach for the connection.
 
The teams headed to the locker room deadlocked at 0-0 with the Bruins outshooting WSU, 12-3.
 
The Bruins would break the tie in the 62nd minute when Sunshine Fontes took a powerful shot from outside the box. Cooper made the initial save, but could not keep a handle on the well-paced ball and UCLA's Lilly Reale jumped on the rebound for the finish.
 
Washington State pressed forward for the equalizer, nearly scoring the tying goal in the 86th minute. Senior Grayson Lynch found space on the left side to serve in an outswinging cross that found McReynolds at the 6-yard box. The senior transfer got her head to the ball, but the Bruins' goalkeeper jumped to make the save at the goal line.
 
The Cougs finished with three shots on goal, all in the second half, and a season-low six shots in the match.
 
Washington State concludes its regular season road schedule Sunday, Oct. 30 at No. 18 USC with kickoff scheduled for noon on the Pac-12 Network.
 
Things You Need to Know

  • Mykiaa Minniss started her 90th career game, second all-time at WSU, and one game 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 90, three games away from 2nd all-time
  • Margie Detrizio tallied two shots in today's match, bringing her season total to 76 and into sole possession of 9th on the single-season shots record list
  • Detrizio also upped her career shot total to 148, 10th all-time in school history
  • Aaqila McLyn played in her 83rd career match Thursday, moving her into 7th all-time in career matches played at WSU
  • Nadia Cooper made a season-high nine saves in the match, bringing her career total to 101 saves and into a tie for 10th place all-time in school history