Soccer starts Pac-12 conference play with decisive victory against Beavers

WSU 1-0 in Conference play, Shulenberger one win away from greatness



WSU midfielder Sydney Studer heads the ball during an NCAA women’s soccer match against Denver, Sep. 5, at Lower Soccer Field.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU soccer (7-1-1) defeated the Oregon State Beavers 1-0 as they opened their Pac-12 play with a victory. This is the Cougs’ third straight clean sheet and fourth of the season.

Todd Shulenberger is now one win away from becoming WSU’s all-time winningest soccer head coach with the victory Friday. This win was his 88th all-time win for WSU, tying the school record set by Matt Potter who coached the Cougs for nine seasons. Shulenberger is in the middle of his eighth coaching season.

The Cougs were led by Margie Detrizio and Sydney Studer who each had four shots in the game. Detrizio had two shots on target and Studers’ only shot on target was the lone goal of the game. Reese Tappan had three shots with one on target in the game as well.

On the defensive end, all five defenders and goalie Nadia Cooper played all 90 minutes for WSU. Mykiaa Minniss, Tappan, Bridget Rieken, Aaqila McLyn and Jenna Studer led the defensive effort the whole game and held the Beavers to just 10 shots with two on target for no goals.

Lily Boyden played 40 minutes off the bench to lead all WSU bench players. She had two shots with one on target in the game.

WSU was attacking the whole game, forcing seven saves from the Beavers’ goalie including six in the second half. Cooper only had to make two saves in the game as they were the Beavers’ only on-target.

In the first half, WSU took six shots with one on target. Oregon State took seven shots in the half but only one forced a save from Cooper. WSU took four corners in the half that all came up empty.

In the second half, WSU was more aggressive, taking 15 shots with seven of them being on target. The lone goal of the game came in the 71st minute as Studer scored her third goal of the season and gave WSU the 1-0 victory. The goal was assisted by Alyssa Gray, her third of the season.

The next time the Cougs take the field is Thursday as they host their first conference game of the season against the Colorado Buffaloes. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at The Lower Soccer Field.