Soccer to play final regular season game Friday in Apple Cup

Soccer Apple Cup at 7 p.m. Friday at Lower Soccer Field



WSU forward Grayson Lynch beats Utah goalkeeper Evie Vitali to the ball during an NCAA women’s soccer match, Oct. 2. Lynch scored to put the Cougs up 1-0.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU soccer (8-6-4) is gearing up to play their final game of the regular season as they host the Washington Huskies at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lower Soccer Field. 

The Cougs are coming off a weekend they would like to forget. Against the No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins, the Cougs lost 1-0 as they were outshot by 20. They then traveled across town to take on the No. 18 ranked USC Trojans. After a pair of goals from WSU forward Margie Detrizio, the Cougs gave up two second-half goals to lose 3-2. 

The last time the Cougs won a game this season was Oct. 2 when they defeated the Utah Utes 1-0. They have lost five of their last seven games this season to give them a 2-5-3 conference record. WSU is currently tied for eighth in the conference with one game left in the season.

The Cougs are led this season by Detrizio who has 10 goals for WSU. Her 10 goals on the season are tied for third-highest in the Pac-12. 

WSU goalie Nadia Cooper is sixth in the Pac-12 with 47 total saves. Cooper has proven to be one of the best goalies in the conference with the eighth-lowest in goals allowed, 20. 

All-time against the Huskies the Cougs are 15-10-7. The last time these two teams met was November 2021 when the Cougs won 4-2 in Seattle. The first soccer Apple Cup Matchup was in 1989 when the Huskies won 1-0. From 2004-18 the Cougs were unbeaten against the Huskies including 10 wins. 

On the season, the Huskies are 9-6-3. They have a 3-6-1 Pac-12 record which is good for seventh in the conference. 

The Huskies started the season with a 3-0 victory against Fresno State and a 5-0 victory over Air Force before their first draw of the season, which was against Loyola Marymount by a score of 0-0. 

After the draw, the Huskies won three in a row. They defeated Long Beach State 5-1, Texas Tech 1-0 and Seattle U 5-1. The Huskies did not lose a non-conference game all season, their first loss was their first Pac-12 matchup of the year as they lost to the Oregon Ducks by a score of 2-0. 

They followed their loss to the Ducks by winning their next two conference matchups. They defeated Utah 3-2 then beat Colorado 4-1 to make their conference record 2-1. Their second Pac-12 loss came by way of a 2-1 defeat against the Stanford Cardinal. After Stanford, the Huskies lost 2-1 to Cal. 

The Huskies have lost four of their last six games heading into their matchup against the Cougs. Their last win was Oct. 23 when they defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Huskies are riding a two-game losing streak as they were defeated by USC and UCLA. 

The Huskies are led by Summer Yates and Karlee Stueckle. Yates has six goals on the season as well as six assists, which is a team-high. Stueckle has five goals on the season and four assists. There are also four Husky players who each have four goals on the season. 

Defensively, Washington goalie Olivia Sekany has appeared in 18 games. Sekany has allowed 20 goals on the season and has 43 saves heading into the final game. 

If the Cougs want to win Friday, they need to shut down the Husky offense and keep possession to create quality chances which can lead to goals for the Cougs. WSU needs all the momentum they can create as they finish out the regular season before the postseason begins.