Soccer cruises to six straight wins

A home thrashing against Northern Colorado, away win in Moraga conclude WSU’s non-conference schedule



WSU midfielder Mackenzie Frimpong-Ellertson battles Northern Colorado forward Melina Faris during an NCAA women’s soccer match, Sep. 15.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU Soccer (6-1-1) stomped Northern Colorado Thursday as they cruised to an easy 6-0 victory in their final home non-conference game of the season. They followed their performance Sunday with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Saint Mary’s to end their non-conference schedule.

Against Northern Colorado, WSU took 25 shots with 10 of them being on target to get their six goals. Northern Colorado only took five shots in the game with three on target for no goals. The Northern Colorado goalkeeper made four saves while WSU goalie Nadia Cooper made three saves for the Cougs. The game against Saint Mary’s saw WSU take 16 shots with seven on target to get to two goals. The Saint Mary’s Gaels took four shots but had three on target.

“Each game we’re learning something different here to get us prepared for what is going to be a great conference run this year for everybody,” head coach Todd Shulenberger said postgame.

WSU vs. Northern Colorado:

The game against Northern Colorado was dominated by the Cougs from start to finish. WSU scored four goals in the first half, all of them coming before the 28th minute. The first goal came in the 11th minute from Margie Detrizio who earned her fifth goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Mackenzie Frimpong-Ellertson, her second of the season.

In the 22nd minute, Northern Colorado scored an own goal after a UNC defender slid in and played the ball into her own net to give WSU the 2-0 advantage. 50 seconds later Frimpong-Ellertson, Vancouver, Washington native scored her first goal of the season after she shot just outside the six-yard box to extend the Cougs lead to three.

The final goal of the first half came in the 27th minute by another own goal from Northern Colorado as they could not handle the cross from WSU.

Heading into halftime WSU led 4-0 with 14 shots and seven on target compared to one from Northern Colorado with it being off target.

“I feel like we are shooting the ball like crazy which is good tonight it went in,” Shulenberger said postgame.

The second half was slow for WSU but still productive, as they scored two goals. Detrizio scored her sixth goal of the season in the 63rd minute to give WSU the 5-0 lead. In the 83rd minute, Bridget Rieken scored her first goal of the season to give WSU their sixth and final goal. The goal was assisted by Alyssa Gray.

This game saw WSU take 25 shots and score six goals with two own goals- meaning?-mf This was WSU’s most efficient shooting night and cleanest night so far this season as there were no penalties in the game.

WSU vs. Saint Mary’s: 

The game against Saint Mary’s was a closer game with WSU getting the 2-0 finish. Although WSU did not score many goals, they outshot Saint Mary’s 16-4. WSU had seven shots on target with five being saved by Saint Mary’s goalie. Cooper made three saves for WSU to give the Cougs their third clean sheet of the season and second in a row.

The game’s first goal came in the 35th minute by Brianna McReynolds. This was McReynolds’ first goal for WSU this season. The goal was assisted by Lily Boyden.

That was the only action of note in the first half. WSU took eight shots in the half and gave up three to Saint Mary’s, but all came up empty. There were 11 fouls in the first half between the Cougs and the Gaels.

The second half contained little action up until the final ten minutes of the game when WSU pressed for a brace. They got their second and final goal of the game in the 87th minute when Detrizio scored her seventh goal of the season to double the Cougs lead and propel them to victory.

The Cougs took eight shots in the second half with five of them being on target including the goal from Detrizio. Northern Colorado managed one off-target shot in the second half as WSU was on the offensive end most of the half. WSU took 16 total shots with seven on-target shots, showing signs that WSU may be on the right track to producing goals with the number of shots they take per game.

WSU will next take the field at 6 p.m. on Friday as they play their first Pac-12 conference game of the season against the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis, Oregon.