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WSU Wraps Road Trip Sunday at USC

Oct 28, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE (8-5-4, 2-4-3)
at No. 18 USC (10-2-3, 6-1-2)
Sunday, Oct. 30 at Noon
Los Angeles | Soni McAlister Field
Live Video | Pac-12 Network (Christian Miles and Tracey Bailey)
Live Stats | SIDEARM Stats

    I.    WSU meets USC in Los Angeles for its final road game of the regular season, Sunday, Oct. 30 at noon at Soni McAlister Field, televised by the Pac-12 Network
    II.    In their last meeting, the Cougs and Trojans played to a scoreless, double-overtime draw in Pullman, on Oct. 21, 2021
    III.    Last time out, the Cougs lost to #1 UCLA, 1-0, Thursday night in Los Angeles
    IV.    Mykiaa Minniss started her 90th career game, second all-time at WSU, Thursday at UCLA, and sits one starts back from WSU's all time leader at 91
    V.    Margie Detrizio leads the Pac-12 Conference in shots (76) and shots on frame (1.9), which is 5th and tied for 15th nationally, respectively
    VI.    Detrizio leads the team with 21 points (tied 8th in Pac-12), 8 goals (T-9), and 5 assists (T-8)
    VII.    The Cougs rank 3rd nationally with 21.9 shots per game and are outshooting opponents 356-159, just behind Stanford atop the Pac-12
    VIII.    Goalkeeper Nadia Cooper picked up a season-high 9 saves against UCLA, bringing her to 100 career saves and one save shy of WSU's all-time top-10 list
    IX.    Minniss and Sydney Studer were named to's Midseason Top 100 Players to Watch, alongside Lily Boyden on the Freshmen Top 100 list
    X.    WSU's average home attendance of 1,090 fans per game ranks 22nd 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

Washington State concludes its regular season road slate this Sunday, Oct. 30 against No. 18 USC at Soni McAlister Field in Los Angeles. Kickoff is scheduled for noon with coverage on the Pac-12 Networks. Last season, the sides met Oct. 21, 2021 for a 0-0 double-overtime draw in Pullman.

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 8th in the Pac-12 in points, tied for 9th in the conference in goals scored, and tied for 8th in 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.

With her 90th career start Thursday at UCLA, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved one start shy of WSU's all-time career starts leader, Sydney Pulver with 91. Minniss has started every single match of her Cougar career. With her next start, she will tie WSU's all-time record for career starts. If Minniss starts both remaining regular-season matches this year, she would finish as WSU's all-time career starts leader with 92. Minniss has played 8,191 minutes in a Cougar uniform over five seasons.

Detrizio has a knack for finding the frame, as the Pac-12's leader in shots on goal with 1.9 per game, which is 15th nationally. The Chandler, Ariz., native is also leading the conference with 4.5 shots per game and ranks 5th nationally. With two shots Thursday against UCLA, Detrizio pushed her season shot total to 76, into sole possession of 9th on WSU's single-season shots record list. She also brought her career shot total up to 148, and into the career record book for total shots by a player, at 10th all-time.

In mid-October, 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.

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' draw against Arizona, last Sunday, Cooper earned her fifth shutout of the season and 12th career shutout, moving her into 6th-most shutouts in Cougar history. Cooper made a season-high nine saves in Thursday's match at UCLA, bringing her career save total to 100 and just shy of top-10 on WSU's all-time career saves list. With WSU's win versus Utah, Oct. 2, Cooper earned her 18th career win, moving into a tie for 6th all-time in WSU career wins. Cooper has spent all but 15 minutes of the 2022 season in goal, bringing her career total to 2,973 minutes in goal, 8th-most in program history.

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 .635 win percentage.

With her start against the Bruins, Thursday, redshirt, fifth-year senior Aaqila McLyn made her 83rd career appearance in Cougar uniform, moving her into sole possession of 7th all-time in WSU history for all-time matches played by a field player. If McLyn appears in both remaining regular season games, she would sit in a tie with former teammate Morgan Weaver at 5th all-time.

So far this season, Wazzu has scored 27 goals (1.69 per game) from 11 different Cougars, led by Margie Detrizio with eight goals. The Cougs are outshooting opponents 356-159 and the average of 21.9 shots per game ranks third nationally and second only to Stanford in the Pac-12. WSU is putting shots on frame at a 34% clip (122-of-356) and have limited opponents to just 63 total shots on target (3.7 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.

Of the six teams which qualified for the NWSL Playoffs, all but one have a Coug on their roster. In total there were 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 Thorns FC's advancement to the 2022 NWSL Championship, both sides will have WSU representation (Bennett and Weaver) for the final and a Cougar is guaranteed to be crowned NWSL Champion this season. Fans can watch the 2022 NWSL Championship Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. PT on CBS and Paramount+.

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 1,090 fans per game, good for 22nd in the country. Prior to last 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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