Soccer looks to start new winning streak Friday versus Oregon

WSU lost their last two games in California



WSU forward Margie Detrizio dribbles past a Portland defender during an NCAA women’s soccer match, Aug. 25, at Lower Soccer Field.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU soccer (8-3-2) is home for three-straight games starting Friday as they host the Oregon Ducks at 7 p.m. at the Lower Soccer Field. This will be the Cougs’ only game of the weekend.

The Cougs are coming off two 2-1 defeats against Cal and Stanford causing their longest losing streak of the season. 

Their only other loss was the first game against Michigan. WSU was on a 10-game unbeaten streak until their losses.

WSU is at the midway point of the season with six conference games left before playoffs. The Cougs currently sit in a tie for fifth with the Colorado Buffaloes with a 2-2-1 record in conference play. The No.1 nationally ranked UCLA Bruins sit at the top of the Pac-12 with a 5-0 conference record and a 13-0 record overall.

“The morale is high, the confidence is good,” WSU head coach Todd Shulenberger said Tuesday.

All-time against Oregon, WSU is 11-3-7. The last time these two teams met was October 2021 when WSU won 1-0. The first time was October 2000 when WSU won 2-1.

2011 was the last time the Ducks defeated the Cougs. WSU is currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak against Oregon.

On the season, the Oregon Ducks are 4-5-4. They have a 2-3 conference record so far this season.

The Ducks started their season with a 2-0 win over New Mexico State. After the win, they had three straight ties against San Francisco, Gonzaga, and Texas. Oregon then went on a two-game losing streak as they lost 3-1 to the Boise State Broncos and 4-1 to Santa Clara. Against Hofstra, the Ducks won 1-0, then tied 1-1 with the Portland Pilots to end their non-conference schedule.

Oregon’s first conference game of the season was against the Washington Huskies. The Ducks won the game 2-0. They then hosted the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans; UCLA beat them 3-1 and USC beat them 4-0.

Their second conference win came against the Utah Utes as Oregon won 1-0. Their last game before facing WSU was Sunday against the Colorado Buffaloes where Oregon lost 1-0.

This season the Ducks are led by Ajanae Respass, Lexi Romero and Jordan Snyder. Respass has four goals to lead the Ducks, and her two assists are tied for most on the team with Snyder. Snyder and Romero both have two goals each for Oregon. Snyder has only played in six games this season.

On the defensive end, Oregon goalkeeper Leah Freeman has appeared in 12 games this season. Freeman has allowed 14 goals and has saved 77 shots. Her 77 saves on the season is the most in the Pac-12, second is Oregon State’s Hailey Coll with 60. Freeman also has a .846 save percentage on the season to lead the conference.

“They’re a hard defensive team. They got one of the best goalkeepers in the country,” Shulenberger said Tuesday in regard to the Oregon team.

Oregon has scored 14 goals on the season and given up 20. They have taken 101 shots with 39 being on target to get their 14 goals. They have one red card on the season.

After the Ducks, WSU will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils next Thursday and finish the weekend out Sunday against Arizona before heading to Los Angeles to take on No. 1 ranked UCLA.