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Detrizio Nets Brace, Comeback Falls Short at USC

Oct 30, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The Washington State women's soccer team (8-6-4, 2-5-3) lost at No. 18 USC, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field. The Cougars fell behind early before WSU junior Margie Detrizio scored two goals to give the Cougs the lead. The Trojans scored two unanswered goals around the hour mark to secure the victory.
In the 4th minute, USC jumped out to an early lead, playing a give-and-go down the left side before a late-arriving run from USC's Zoe Burns gave her time and space to pick out the far post past a diving Nadia Cooper.
The Cougars responded 20 minutes later as Detrizio netted her first goal of the afternoon to draw the match, 1-1. Senior Grayson Lynch lofted a corner kick into the Trojans' 6-yard box where senior Sydney Studer met the service with her head. The opportunity was blocked, but a goal mouth scramble gave Detrizio time to poke the loose ball across the line for her ninth goal of the season.
The sides entered the half knotted at 1-1 with the Cougars taking a 3-2 upper hand in shots on goal.
The quality chances continued in the second half, as Detrizio pressed forward, looking for the game-winner. Her opportunity would arrive in the 49th minute, taking a pass from Mykiaa Minniss and deftly turning her defender near midfield. Detrizio charged forward with the ball, striking from outside the penalty area. USC goalkeeper Anna Smith made the initial save, but Detrizio continued her run, pouncing on the rebound and finishing for a brace and 2-1 WSU lead.
USC responded minutes later, earning a free kick from just outside WSU's area in the 53rd minute. The Trojans' Simpaio aimed for goal, firing a tricky shot that skipped off the grass just in front of Cooper. The sophomore goalkeeper made the initial save, but USC's Angeles Escobar jumped on the loose ball and finished to equalize the game at 2-2.
Ten minutes later, the Trojans would find the game-winner, as USC's Simone Jackson found space down the left side and in behind the Cougar defense. Cooper came out to meet Jackson after a heavy touch, but the sophomore forward got the early touch and beat Cooper at the near post.
In total, the Cougars finished with 8-of-12 shots on target, led by Detrizio with seven opportunities in the match, thanks to service from Brianna McReynolds, Grayson Lynch, Alyssa Gray, Mykiaa Minniss, and the Cougar midfield. Detrizio managed to put all but one of her seven shots on target, tallying six of WSU's eight shots on goal.
Washington State returns home to host Washington, Friday, Nov. 4, in the final match of the regular season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at WSU's Lower Soccer Field with coverage on the Pac-12 Networks.
Things You Need to Know

  • Margie Detrizio scored her third multi-goal match of the season, netting a brace for her ninth and 10th goals of the season…Detrizio now has 17 career goals
  • Sydney Studer tallied first assist of the season, seventh as a Cougar, and the eighth assist of her college career
  • Grayson Lynch notched her second assist of the season, her fifth of the career
  • Mykiaa Minniss started her 91st career game to tie Sydney Pulver as WSU's all-time starts leader
  • Minniss also sits 3rd in all-time career appearances by a Cougar at 91, two games away from 2nd all-time
  • Margie Detrizio tallied seven shots in today's match, bringing her season total to 83 and into eighth on the single-season shots record list
  • Detrizio also upped her career shot total to 154, 10th all-time in school history
  • Aaqila McLyn played in her 84th career match, securing her place at 7th all-time in career matches played
  • Nadia Cooper made four saves in Sunday's match, bringing her career total to 104 saves and into sole possession of 10th place all-time in school history
  • Elaily Hernandez-Repreza made her 80th career appearance as a Coug, moving her into WSU's top-10 in all-time games played by a field player