Cougs vs. Beavs kicks off Pac-12 soccer

Cougs travel to Corvallis to take on the Beavers Friday



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) is set to travel to Corvallis, Oregon to take on the Beavers in the first conference game of the season Friday at 6 p.m. WSU is currently on a six-game winning streak and is unbeaten in the last seven games with six wins and a draw.

All time, WSU is 18-10-3. The first game was in 1991 and was a 1-1 draw. The most recent game was Halloween 2021 in Corvallis as WSU won 3-2 in overtime. WSU is currently on a four-game winning streak against the Beavers and has won eight of the last 10 matchups. Since the first meeting in 1991, the Beavers and Cougs have played once every year.

“They’ll be organized they’ll be prepared, they play well at home,” said head coach Todd Shulenberger in a press conference.

WSU is coming off a 2-0 victory against the Saint Mary’s Gaels Sunday with Margie Detrizio scoring her seventh goal of the season. Detrizio is tied for third in the conference for goals, right behind her is Beaver forward McKenna Martinez with six. Detrizio is also tied for third with four assists. She also leads the conference with 37 shots and shots on goal with 22.

So far, Oregon State is 4-2-2. They started their regular season with a 1-1 draw with Eastern Washington. Their first win was a 4-1 rout of Wyoming at home. They then won their first road game of the season in Fresno, California as they beat Fresno State 2-1.

After a 1-1 draw with Pacific University in Stockton, California, the Beavers got back to winning ways defeating Boise State 2-0. Their first loss of the season came against UC Davis, the game was followed by a 5-0 loss against Virginia. Their final non-conference game was a 1-0 win in Harrisonburg, Virginia against James Madison.

The Beavers are led by Martinez with six goals, the next highest goal scorer is a tie between six Beaver players with one goal. Amber Jackson leads the Beavers with two assists while four Beavers have one assist each.

Goalkeeper Hailey Coll has played eight games for the Beavers and has allowed 10 goals and has 31 saves on the season.

“They got a great goal scorer and they got other people in the back, it’s gonna be a great game,” Shulenberger said.

As a team, the Beavers have scored 12 goals and allowed 11. They have 126 shots as a team and have given up 89. The Beavers have yet to give up a penalty or earn a penalty this season.

After the game against the Beavers, the Cougs will head home to take on Colorado for the first home conference game of the season next Thursday.