Wazzu welcomes two to soccer team

Inter-conference transfers Bluett, Studer joins team; Studer sister of experienced Coug

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HAILEE SPEIR

WSU midfielder Sydney Studer (30) dribbles the ball downfield during an NCAA Tournament match against the University of Montana at Lower Soccer Field, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Pullman.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports editor

Thanks to the transfer portal, WSU Soccer is a family affair in 2022.

The team scored two inter-conference transfers, gaining the former Oregon State Beaver, Aaliyah Bluett from Cypress, Texas and the former Arizona Wildcat, Jenna Studer from Eastvale, Calif. and sister of WSU midfielder and fifth year Sydney Studer.

“We are really excited to add Aaliyah and Jenna to our Coug Soccer team,” head coach Todd Shulenberger said when he announced the additions “I expect both young ladies to come in and turn up the competition in an already deep roster. Both players are familiar with the conference and I expect them to fit right in. Go Cougs!”

Bluett spent her freshman year in 2021 playing nine games in midfield and the frontline for Oregon State. She scored one goal and recorded one assist but both achievements were impeccably timed.

Her lone goal was the opening score in OSU’s first road win in program history over Pac-12 power Stanford and her one assist set up the third and final goal is OSU’s 3-2 win over North Dakota.

Bluett’s prep soccer experience was at Cypress Ranch High School where she owns the school’s record for assists and earned three all-district honors. She also played alongside WSU star goalie Nadia Cooper on the club team Challenge FC.

Studer enters her third college season having spent her first two as an Arizona Wildcat in the backline and as a defensive midfielder. Studer played in 27 matches in two seasons, starting 18 including 13 as a sophomore. She is one of six Wildcats to log over 1,000 minutes in 2021.

Studer played high school ball at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., and club with Legends FC DA and Arsenal FC.

Bluett and Studer join a Cougar soccer team that is fresh off an incredible 14-3-4 season, which came to a close in the second round of the NCAA Division I Soccer Tournament against Tennessee.