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Cougs Host Huskies to Conclude Regular Season

Nov 1, 2022

WASHINGTON STATE (8-6-4, 2-5-3)
vs WASHINGTON (9-6-3, 3-6-1)
Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
Pullman, Wash. | Lower Soccer Field
Live Video | Pac-12 Washington (PxP: Greg Talbott)
Live Stats | StatBroadcast

    I.    WSU concludes the regular season hosting UW, Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Lower Soccer Field, televised by the Pac-12 Network
    II.    In their last meeting, the Cougs beat the Huskies 4-2 in Seattle, Nov. 5, 2021 as Grayson Lynch, Alyssa Gray, Sydney Pulver, and Margie Detrizio each tallied a goal
    III.    Last time out, the Cougs lost at #18 USC, 3-2, Sunday in Los Angeles despite a brace from Margie Detrizio and an early second-half lead
    IV.    Mykiaa Minniss is tied, with 91 career starts, atop the WSU record book for career starts by a field player with former teammate Sydney Pulver
    V.    Margie Detrizio leads the Pac-12 Conference in shots (83) and shots on frame (2.2), which is 6th and 9th in the country, respectively
    VI.    Detrizio leads the team with 25 points, tied for 3rd in Pac-12, 10 goals (tied 5th), and 5 assists (tied 10th)
    VII.    The Cougs rank 3rd nationally with 20.4 shots per game and are outshooting opponents 368-178, just behind Stanford atop the Pac-12
    VIII.    Goalkeeper Nadia Cooper picked up four saves against USC, bringing her to 104 career saves and into 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 Friday, Nov. 4, playing host to Washington at 7 p.m. at Lower Soccer Field with coverage on Pac-12 Washington. The Cougars hold a 15-9-8 record all-time against the Huskies. Last season, the sides met Nov. 5, 2021 in Seattle with the Cougs earning a 4-2 victory thanks to goals from Grayson Lynch, Alyssa Gray, Sydney Pulver, and Margie Detrizio. Since arriving in Pullman in 2015, Coach Shulenberger boasts a 4-2-2 record against UW.

Facing off against teams in their home state, the Cougs have shown they control Washington as WSU holds an impressive 72-15-9 all-time record against teams from the Evergreen State. Among those teams the Cougs have dominated their biggest rivals including Gonzaga (24-1-1), Seattle U (16-2-0), and Pac-12 foe Washington (14-9-8) outscoring those three 181-51.

Margie Detrizio leads the Cougs this season with 25 points. As the team's top goal scorer (10 goals) and assist leader (5 assists), Detrizio is tied for 3rd in the Pac-12 in points, tied for 5th in the conference in goals scored, and tied for 10th 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. Three times this season, Detrizio has scored multi-goal games, becoming just the seventh Cougar in program history with four multi-goal matches in their career, and the first since Morgan Weaver from 2016-19.

With her 91st career start Sunday at USC, fifth-year senior Mykiaa Minniss moved into a tie as WSU's all-time career starts leader with former teammate Sydney Pulver. Minniss has started every single match of her Cougar career. With her next start, she will become WSU's all-time record for career starts. Assuming Minniss starts the final regular-season match, she would finish as WSU's all-time career starts leader with 92. Minniss has played 8,281 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 2.2 per game, which is 9th nationally. The Chandler, Ariz., native is also leading the conference with 4.6 shots per game and ranks 6th nationally. With seven shots Sunday against USC, Detrizio pushed her season shot total to 83, into sole possession of 9th on WSU's single-season shots record list. She also brought her career shot total up to 155, 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 four saves in Sunday's match at USC, bringing her career save total to 104 and into the 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 3,065 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 .631 win percentage.

With her start against the Trojans, Sunday, redshirt, fifth-year senior Aaqila McLyn made her 84th 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 Friday's regular season finale, she would sit in a tie with former teammate Morgan Weaver at 6th all-time. Fifth-year senior Elaily Hernandez-Repreza is not far behind McLyn, with 80 career appearances in Cougar uniform, tied for 10th in program history. If Hernandez-Repreza were to get minutes in the remaining regular season match, she would sit in a tie for 9th in school history.

So far this season, Wazzu has scored 29 goals (1.61 per game) from 11 different Cougars, led by Margie Detrizio with 10 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 35% clip (130-of-368) and have limited opponents to just 70 total shots on target (3.9 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 had 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 Portland Thorns FC's victory in the 2022 NWSL Championship, Weaver became the first Cougar to be crowned NWSL Champion and the second Wazzu alumni to win a professional championship this year (Klay Thompson, 2022 NBA Champions with Golden State Warriors).

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. WSU has lost once at home in the last calendar year, against Arizona State, Oct. 20, 2022 and has only lost three home matches in the last three seasons.

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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