Soccer avoids choke in the smoke with home win vs Cal Poly 

Cougs earn fourth-straight and third in a row at home over Mustangs



WSU forward Lily Boyden crosses the ball during an NCAA women’s soccer game against Cal Poly, Sep. 11, at Lower Soccer Field.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU soccer (4-1-1) got their fourth-straight victory Sunday over the Cal Poly Mustangs to stay undefeated at home this season.

The Cougs had to come from behind twice in this game and did not take the lead until the 74th minute, but never lost hope and won the game 3-2.

The first half of the game was like the Cougs’ other halves so far this season in which they took double-digit shots compared to few from their opponents. In the half WSU took 13 shots whereas Cal Poly took only four, but the half ended 1-1. The Cal Poly goalie made five saves in the half whereas WSU goalkeeper Nadia Cooper made no saves. Cal Poly’s goalie, Mackenzie Samuel is fifth in the nation in saves per game with an average of eight saves per game.

Cal Poly seemed to take control of the game early, creating opportunities eventually leading to the opening goal of the game in the 32nd minute from Olivia Ortiz, her first of the season for Cal Poly. The goal was assisted by McKenna Carbon.

The Mustangs had the lead for 31 seconds when freshmen Lily Boyden scored her first collegiate goal, which tied the game 1-1. The goal was assisted by MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson.

In the second half the Cougs offense started to shine, taking 16 shots in the half and allowed* allowing – JG only two shots from Cal Poly. Cal Poly made five saves in both halves where Cooper did not make a save in the game for WSU as the Mustangs two shots on target were both goals. WSU took eight corner kicks in the game while Cal Poly took five.

The second half did not start well for WSU. In the 52nd minute, Cal Poly earned a penalty after WSU defender Aaqila McLyn had a handball inside the box. The penalty was converted by Megan Hansesn and gave Cal Poly the 2-1 lead.

Once again, the Mustangs lead lasted only four minutes when Lindsey Turner, a sophomore transfer from UC Riverside scored her first WSU goal in the 56th minute to tie the game 2-2. This goal was assisted by Margie Detrizio.

In the 74th minute, the Cougs finally took the lead as Grayson Lynch earned her third goal of the season to give WSU the 3-2 lead late. The goal was assisted by Detrizio. Detrizio now has four assists on the season to go along with four goals in six games. She is now tied for second in the Pac-12 with her four assists, trailing only Lucy Johnson from Arizona State who has five assists. Detrizio is also second in the conference with 28 total shots. In first place is Oregon States’ McKenna Martinez with 29.

The next time the Cougs take the field will be Thursday as they host Northern Colorado. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at The Lower Soccer Field. WSU will then travel to Moraga, California Sunday as they take on Saint Mary’s in the final non-conference game of the season before taking on the Oregon State Beavers on September 23 in Corvallis, Oregon to begin Pac-12 conference play.