Soccer drops to eighth in conference after two losses in Los Angeles

1-0 loss to No. 1 UCLA Thursday and 3-2 loss to USC Sunday



WSU forward Margie Detrizio shoots on goal during an NCAA soccer match against Arizona, Oct. 23.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU Soccer (8-6-4) traveled to Los Angeles over the weekend to take on No. 1 ranked UCLA and No. 18 USC Trojans.

On Thursday the Cougs lost to the Bruins 1-0. The Cougs were beaten in every category by the Bruins, they outshot the Cougs by 20. The score would have been worse if goalie Nadia Cooper had not made nine saves in the game. Only six saves were required from the UCLA goalie as the Cougs took six total shots.

Cooper now has 101 total saves in her WSU career, putting her into the top-10 in program history. The nine saves in the game were also a season-high.  

Against the USC Trojans the Cougs lost 3-2. They were outshot by only seven, but six saves from USC and four saves from Cooper was the difference in the game. The Cougs had the lead just after halftime as Margie Detrizio scored two goals, but the Trojans scored two second half goals of their own to complete their comeback. 

WSU now sits tied for eighth in the conference with Utah, they both have a 2-5-3 record. UCLA and Stanford both share the conference lead with a 9-1 record. WSU has not won any of their last seven games, two of those seven have been ties, the rest are losses. 


Against the No.1 ranked UCLA Bruins the score was only 1-0, but WSU was lucky to only have one goal scored on them. UCLA completely dominated the game on both ends, taking 26 shots with 10 on target. WSU took a season-low six shots in the game with three on target. 

The Cougs were playing good soccer in the first half, limiting the Bruins to 12 shots with only two on target that were saved by Cooper. The Cougs only took three shots in the first half but forced no saves from the UCLA goalie.

UCLA finally broke the deadlock with a goal in the 62nd minute to put the Bruins up 1-0. The goal was scored by Lilly Reale, her first of the season. The goal was assisted by Sunshine Fontes and Madelyn Desiano. 

Late in the game the Cougs came close to scoring the tying goal, but Grayson Lynch was denied, and the Cougs fell 1-0.

WSU was outshot 26-6 by the Bruins. UCLA took 12 corners in the game compared to two from the Cougs. 

WSU vs. USC:

The game against the USC Trojans is one the Cougs would love to have won, but they could not hold their lead in the game as the Trojans outshot the Cougs 19-12 and won 3-2. 

The first half started with the Trojans striking early, scoring in the fourth minute. The goal was scored by Zoe Burns, her second of the season. 

After the goal the Cougs seemed to get their footing, and created quality chances which produced their first goal of the game. In the 23rd minute Detrizio scored her ninth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. The goal was assisted by Sydney Studer and Lynch. 

In the first half the Cougs took six shots with three on target to get their goal, the Trojans took eight shots with two on target to score their goal. Cooper saved the other on target shot from the Trojans in the first. 

The second half saw WSU strike first this time. Detrizio reached 10 goals on the season as she scored in the 49th minute to give WSU the 2-1 lead. This was the first time the Cougs have led in a game since October 2 against the Utah Utes where WSU won 1-0. However, the Cougs lead only lasted 3 minutes as the Trojans and Angeles Escobar scored to tie the game at two. 

USC got life after tying the game and was on the attacking end for the next 10 minutes until they scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal in the 64th minute. The goal was scored by Simone Jackson, her sixth of the season. 

After the goal the Trojans went on the defensive end for 20 minutes and secured the 3-2 win. 

In the game the Cougs took only 12 shots but had eight on target, six were saved by the Trojans goalie. USC had 19 shots in total with seven on target. Cooper made four saves for the Cougs. 

The next time the Cougs take the field is Friday as they host the Washington Huskies for another installment of the Soccer Apple Cup. This is the last regular season game for the Cougs in 2022. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at The Lower Soccer Field.