Battle in Seattle and a date with Denver

WSU to face Seattle U, Thursday, host Denver Sunday



WSU forward Grayson Lynch dribbles the ball during an NCAA women’s soccer game against EWU, Aug. 28, at Lower Soccer Field.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU soccer (1-1-1) is set for two games this week with their first game taking place Thursday as they travel to Seattle to take on Seattle U. The Cougs will then head home for three games with the first taking place Sunday as they host Denver.

Against Seattle U, the Cougs are 9-2 all time with the last game taking place September 2021 in Pullman where Seattle U won 2-1. The Cougs’ largest margin of victory against Seattle U came in 2019 when WSU won 4-0.

This season, Seattle U is 2-1-1. They started their regular season with a 0-0 draw with Air Force in Seattle. They then got their first victory of the season they defeated Fresno State 2-0.

Seattle’s first away game of the season came as they traveled to Manoa, Hawai’i as they lost 2-1 to the Rainbow Warriors.  Their second win of the season came Aug. 27 as they defeated Hawaii Pacific 2-0.

Seattle U is led by forward Brooke Wilson. Wilson scored against both Fresno State and Hawai’i. In four games this season, Seattle U has scored five goals and only allowed two so far.

The Cougs third home game of the season takes place 6 p.m. Sunday when WSU takes on Denver at the Lower Soccer Field and will be streamed on Pac-12 Washington.

All time, WSU is 2-1 against Denver. The last game took place September 2021 as WSU won 2-0 in Denver. The first game between these two teams took place in 2004 as WSU won 2-0 in Missoula, Montana. Denver’s only win against the Cougs came in 2010 in Spokane, as Denver won 3-1.

This season, Denver has a 2-1-1 record. They won their home opener against San Diego 1-0. The only goal of the game came from Jadyn Goodrich in the 35th minute. Their second win of the season was a 2-0 victory against Weber State. Mckenna Dannenhauer and Kaitlyn Glover both scored in the game for Denver.

The first loss for Denver came in Salt Lake City as Denver lost 2-1 to the Utah Utes. Forward Camryn MacMillan scored in the first half for Denver, but the Utes answered with two second-half goals to win the game. Denver then went back home as they took on the Arizona State Sun Devils. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after first-half goals from both teams. MacMillan scored her second goal of the season in the 24th minute for Denver and Nicole Douglas scored her third goal of the season in the seventh minute of the game for the Sun Devils.

Denver has four players so far this season who have scored a goal. In the four games so far this season, Denver has scored five goals and given up three goals.

After this weekend’s games, the Cougs will have two more home games before they travel to Moraga, California for the last non-conference game of the season before they travel to Corvallis, Oregon to take on the Oregon State Beavers on Sept. 23 for the first conference game of the season.