Soccer heads to California for two weekend games

WSU takes on Cal Thursday, close weekend with Stanford Sunday



WSU defender Reese Tappan passes the ball during an NCAA women’s soccer match against Utah, Oct. 2.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU soccer (8-1-2) is riding a 10-game unbeaten streak, winning eight of their last nine. 

This weekend they travel to California for two games. Thursday the Cougs travel to Berkeley, California to take on the Golden Bears, then WSU heads to Stanford, California to take on the Cardinal. 

WSU is coming off a 1-0 victory against Utah on Sunday. Grayson Lynch scored the lone goal in the ninth minute to secure head coach Todd Shulenberger his 89th win for WSU, making him their all-time winningest coach. 

“We’re getting results which is always a tough thing to do,” Shulenberger said. “Rather healthy which is always a positive.”

Against Cal, WSU is 9-8 all-time. Their most recent game was in October 2021 in Pullman where WSU won 2-0. The first time these two teams met was in 2004 when Cal won 1-0. The Cougs are currently on a three-game winning streak against the Golden Bears. 

So far this season Cal is 6-3-3. They started the season losing 1-0 to UC Irvine. Their next game was against the Chinese National team, FIFA’s 16th ranked National Team in the world.  The game ended in a 2-2 draw. 

Cal’s first win of the season came at home against Saint Mary’s, the score was 2-0. The Golden Bears followed their win with another win, this one was a 2-1 defeat of UC San Diego. 

The Golden Bears’ next three games were draws, including a 1-1 draw against then ranked No. 14 Pepperdine. 

After the draws, Cal went on a three-game winning streak. Their next loss came against No. 1 ranked UCLA by a score of 4-2. Their last two games were a 2-1 loss to Arizona State and a 1-0 win against Arizona. In the conference, Cal is currently tied for sixth place with a 1-2 record. 

Cal is led by Keely Roy and Karlie Lema. Roy has five goals and two assists on the season while Lema has three goals and one assist on the season. Ayo Oke leads the Golden Bears in assists with four. On the defensive end, goalkeeper Angelina Anderson has 28 saves and allowed 10 goals on the season. Her 28 saves are good for sixth in the Pac-12. 

“Our girls are always hungry and up for the challenge,” Shulenberger said. 

WSU is 3-25-2 all-time against Stanford. The most recent game was October 2021 where Stanford won 1-0. The first time these two teams played was in 1990 in Stanford where the Cardinal won 5-0. 

The Cougs’ last win against Stanford was in 2013, the Cardinal are currently on a seven-game unbeaten streak against WSU, winning six of those games. 

On the season, No. 14 Stanford is 9-2-1. They started the season with six straight wins. Their first was a 5-0 victory over Sacramento State, then they defeated the Chinese National Team 1-0. Their most notable win in the early season was a 2-0 victory over then-ranked No. 8 Penn State. 

The Cardinal’s first loss came in September as they were defeated by Northwestern 1-0. After the loss the Cardinal won two of their next three, their non-win was a 2-2 draw with Santa Clara.

Stanford opened up Pac-12 conference play with a 2-1 defeat in Los Angeles to the USC Trojans. They then defeated both Arizona and Arizona State 2-0 to put them tied for fourth in the conference with the Washington Huskies with a 2-1 record. WSU currently sits in third with a 2-0-1 conference record. 

The Cardinal are led by Lumi Kostmayer and Samantha Williams. Kostmayer has nine goals to put her tied for second in the conference and Williams has four goals on the season. Maya Doms, Allie Montoya and Sierra Enge all have three assists to lead the Cardinal team.

On the defensive end, goalkeeper Ryan Campbell has appeared in 11 games for the Cardinal. This season she has saved 21 shots and allowed only seven goals on the season.

Haley Craig has appeared in two games in goal for Stanford this season and has allowed one goal with four saves. 

After the road trip the Cougs head home for a three-game home stand. Their only game next week is Friday as they take on the Oregon Ducks at 7 p.m. at the Lower Soccer Field.