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Rieken Equalizes in Tie Against Colorado

PULLMAN, Wash. The Washington State women's soccer team (7-1-2) tied visiting Colorado, 1-1, at Lower Soccer Field Thursday night in the first home conference game of the season. WSU's Bridget Rieken scored the Cougars' equalizing goal in the 78th minute to draw level with the Buffaloes and secure the second tie of the season.

Throughout the match, the Cougars dominated possession and chances, but it was Colorado with the opening goal, in the 11th minute, against the run of play. CU's Civana Kuhlmann jumped on a loose ball at the top of the WSU box, turned and fired a shot past a diving Nadia Cooper.

The Cougars continued their form for the remainder of the half, finishing the period with 17 shots, and five shots on goal. In the opening half, WSU also tallied four corner kicks, while holding CU without a single corner kick.

Returning from the break, WSU pressed forward, looking to equalize. It appeared WSU's leading scorer Margie Detrizio would find the back of the net in the 67th minute when MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson laid a pass off to Detrizio with time in the penalty area. Detrizio tried to pick out the far side-netting, but pushed it just wide and the Buffs held their narrow lead.

The equalizer would finally come in the 78th minute as Bridget Rieken delivered a ball from the right touchline. Rieken, looking to put a dangerous ball into the box, ended up finding the back of the net when a running Detrizio created confusion in the goal mouth. Colorado's goalkeeper, arriving to met the ball, was cut off by Detrizio, who let the ball bounce at her feet, over both of their heads, and into the back of the net.

The Cougars dominated the stat lines, outshooting the Buffs 39-8, including nine shots on target to Colorado's two. WSU finished with 12 corner kicks, compared to one corner kick for CU.

The Cougars conclude the weekend and begin the new month hosting Utah, Sunday, Oct. 2, with a noon kickoff on Pac-12 Washington and Pac-12 Mountain.

Things You Need to Know
  • Bridget Rieken tallied her second goal of the season and the sixth goal of her career
  • Mykiaa Minniss started her 83rd career game, moving her into a tie with former teammate Elyse Bennett at 4th all-time in starts by a WSU field playerMinniss also moved into 6th in all-time career matches played at WSU, excluding GKs (83)