Soccer trending in right direction, prepares for CSUN


ABBY LINNENKOHL | The Daily Evergreen

Forward Brianna Alger takes a shot on frame during the Cougar Classic Tournament Washington State hosted.

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

WSU’s soccer team (3-1-1) continues their home field advantage Friday as they take on California State University, Northridge (2-0-4).

The Cougars won both of their games in the Cougar Classic last weekend, including a defense-filled 1-0 win over No. 14 Nebraska. The team has yet to allow a goal at home this season, outscoring their opponents 7-0. They’ve also gone undefeated in Pullman.

The Pac-12 named junior defender Maddy Haro the Defensive Player of the Week for her two assists and 180 minutes of shutout soccer during the Cougar Classic Tournament.

After beginning the year with just three goals in four games, WSU exploded for five against Georgia Southern on Sunday. WSU Head Coach Todd Shulenberger was not fazed by the scoring outburst.

“It’s not a position change, it’s not a formation change, it’s a product of us working, continuing to get better and things just starting to show,” Shulenberger said.

The Matadors are undefeated coming into Pullman, though they have only won two games. CSUN has tied twice as many games than they’ve won. Five of their last six games have gone into overtime, including a 1-1 tie in their season opener against No. 24 Long Beach State and a scoreless draw at No. 16 Colorado.

“This Northridge team is for real,” Shulenberger said. “They’re going to bring it, but I know we’ll be ready too, and we’re going to bring it.”

Northridge is the third straight team the Cougars will face at home. The game is scheduled to start 7 p.m. Friday at the Lower Soccer Field.

Reporting by Ryan Blake